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New Wisconsin archive preservation facility opens in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum are partnering together to open the doors of a new state archive.

The facility will house rare books, photographs, and records. It will offer state-of-the-art environmental and physical security for Wisconsin's most important artifacts.

"The real important piece of why we need to preserve our history is history defines us," Christian Overland, Director at Wisconsin Historical Society. "It's the stories of our past that connect us to who we are today and it really defines our opportunities for the future."

The building is more than 180,000 sq. feet. Visitors will be able to find precious items from the Civil War and World War Two, including the Proclamation of the Civil War handwritten by Gov. Alexander Randall in 1861.

The facility is located on Thornton Ave. in Madison's near east side. 

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