Wisconsin Historical Society receives $10 million for museum

Wisconsin Historical Society receives $10 million for museum

The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced a $10 million gift from philanthropist W. Jerome Frautsch.

Awarded to the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, the society's nonprofit fundraising arm, the gift will help fund construction of a new 100,000-square-foot building in downtown Madison to replace the outdated, undersized Wisconsin Historical Museum, which has been located in a converted hardware store since 1984. The gift, which will unlock $70 million in state funding for the project, is in addition to a previous $3.5 million gift to the museum campaign from Frautschi.

"It has always been important to me for downtown Madison to have the cultural vitality that reflects the values of the city's residents," said Frautschi. "The History Museum on its new East Washington Avenue site will join Madison Children's Museum and the new Madison Youth Arts Center as shining examples of cultural excellence that will attract thousands to downtown Madison each year. I am delighted to support endeavors that have such a significant and enduring impact on our great city and its citizens."

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