History is a story with many voices that we tell together.

Photograph of Lavinia Goodell
Lavinia Goodell

The Wisconsin Historical Society was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became a state. Lavinia Goodell, who in 1874 would go on to become Wisconsin’s first woman lawyer,  was then a seven year old girl living in New York state.

In 2021, the Wisconsin Historical Society is celebrating its 175th anniversary of collecting, preserving, and sharing the state’s rich history. The Society is recognizing Wisconsin visionaries, changemakers, and storytellers. We are deeply honored that Lavinia Goodell is among the outstanding Wisconsinites singled out for recognition. https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/175.

In the words of the Wisconsin Historical Society, we look to the past to inspire the future, and we study the stories of those who came before us to define who we are today. Congratulations to the WHS on its 175th anniversary. Long may it continue to share stories of our state’s past and inspire new generations to build a better tomorrow.

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