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Material Culture Research : Investigating Places


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Local History Organizations

In researching local history, often the community itself provides rich sources of information. Look for local history societies, museums, and libraries. Explore what they can provide online and in print or archival records.  Examples for Mount Horeb, Wisconsin:

Information is also likely to exist at regional, state or national levels.  Broaden your search as appropriate.  Examples for Wisconsin:

Local Newspapers

Search for newspapers at the local or state level. 

Search for Wisconsin newspapers on campus using the library catalog.  The library catalog includes holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society, which is a major repository for the state's local news publications.

example:  Mount Horeb Times
example:  Mount Horeb Mail

Consult licensed databases that aggregate collections of newspapers.  Research Guide:  Newspapers