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Increased attendance at historical sites

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MADISON (WKOW) -- So far this year, Wisconsin Historical Society has seen a 16 percent increase in paid attendance for its 12 historic sites and museums.

Officials say the new programs have been popular.  Also, the weather is better this year than it was last year.

At the end of July, Old World Wisconsin in Eagle had an increase of 30 percent paid attendance.  Circus World Museum in Baraboo had almost 14 percent attendance increase.

Administrator of Historical Society's Division of Museums and Historical Sites Cheryl Sullivan says attendance at Old World Wisconsin was driven by month long events.  These events included a display about author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Sullivan says the nice weather helped; last year's unseasonable heat caused lower attendance in 2012.

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