July 19 - 5:30 – 6:30 PM - Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Join us as we kick off the 2020 meeting with the opening session with talks.
July 19 - 6:30 – 8:30 PM
The reception will begin immediately following the Opening Session. Join friends and family for an evening of great food and conversation.
Companion Event I: Olbrich Botanical Gardens
July 20 - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – ticket price includes transportation and guided garden tour
Join us for an afternoon stroll through 16 acres of outdoor gardens, including the only Thai Pavilion in the continental U.S.! Featuring an indoor tropical paradise too.
Family Fun Day: Henry Vilas Zoo
July 21 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM - – ticket price includes transportation
On June 30, 1904, Col. William and Anna Vilas gave a large tract of land to the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association “for the uses and purposes of a public park and pleasure ground.” The park was named in memory of the Vilas’ son, Henry, who died at a young age due to complications from diabetes. In 1911, the first animal exhibits were created, representing the beginning of Henry Vilas Zoo.
Companion Event II: State Capital and Wisconsin Historical Museum Tour - Walking Tour
July 22 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM - – ticket price includes guided tours and lunch
Join us for a day of guided tours just a couple blocks from the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Hotel.
We will start things off with a tour of the Wisconsin State Capital at 10:00 AM. Reaching to a height of over 200 feet, the Capitol dome is topped by Daniel Chester French's elegant gilded bronze statue, "Wisconsin." Edwin Blashfield's mural "Resources of Wisconsin" lavishly decorates the ceiling of the rotunda, which is the only granite dome in the United States. Inside, visitors are treated to the unique textures of 43 varieties of stone from around the world, hand-carved furniture and exquisite glass mosaics.
Lunch at area restaurant as a group from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Guided Tour of the Wisconsin Historical Museum from 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM. The current home of the Museum was built in 1953 and originally housed the Wolff, Kubly & Hirsig hardware store. The Historical Society renovated the building and the Museum moved in during April, 1986. Discover the stories of Wisconsin’s heritage. Stand in a replica of a 1,000-year-old house and visit a fur trade post. Walk into a lead mine and climb up in a tractor cab. Explore the stories, ideas, attitudes, work, and recreation that make our rich history.