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     A local history museum with many interesting stories to share, the Hoard Historical Museum is like no other.  Here you’ll find out about Sauk warrior, Black Hawk, and the 1832 Black Hawk War.

     Discover what kind of soldier young Abraham Lincoln was and learn how “Fort Atkinson” came to be.  Explore the contributions of two locals of whom we’re very proud: William Dempster Hoard, the father of American dairying; and Lorine Niedecker, world famous poet. 

     In between all this, you’ll see amazing collections of artifacts, artwork, and much more.  Be sure to check out our newest long term exhibit, Mysteries of the Mounds, on the main level and second floor.

     Visitors will also enjoy The National Dairy Shrine’s Museum, which features a multimedia show that captures the sights and sounds of dairy farming:  past, present, and future.


There is no admission charge to visit the Hoard Museum. 


A suggested cash donation of $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family helps us preserve and share the history and cultural heritage of the Fort Atkinson area.

 Thank You!

Job Posting:


 The City of Fort Atkinson is accepting applications for full-time Director of the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine with responsibility for the overall management of collections, exhibits, and local historical museum buildings.  Director coordinates policy making, fund raising, budgeting and educational programs with Historical Society Board of Directors.  Needs knowledge of exhibit design, collections care and conservation, as well as public relations skills.  Emphasis on volunteer and community interaction.  Computer skills essential.  Required qualifications include Bachelor’s Degree in U.S. History, American Studies, Public History, or related field and 5-7 years progressively responsible history museum management experience.  Starting salary is $46,842, plus benefits.  For full job description visit www.fortatkinsonwi.net.  To apply, send cover letter, resume and five professional references by January 5, 2015 to City Manager, 101 North Main Street, Fort Atkinson, WI, 53538, mtrebatoski@fortatkinsonwi.net. 


Hoard Historical Museum
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Museum Director Position Description
Hours: Full time City position
Purpose of Position: The Museum Director position leads the operation and development of the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine Museum for the City of Fort Atkinson, the Fort Atkinson Historical Society, and the National Dairy Shrine. The position provides professional museum direction to the institution’s governing authorities, staff & volunteers; maintains collections; develops and maintains exhibits, programming and promotion; oversees operations, including facility use and repair; spearheads fundraising, development and planning for the museum, all with the goal of positioning the museum as a regional history educational center, a cultural heritage tourism destination, and a community gathering place.
Essential Accountabilities:
1. Serves as professional museum leader
2. Manages museum operations, staff, and volunteers
a. Supervises daily activities and all museum staff
b. Prepares staff work schedules
c. Delegates authority and responsibility to staff and volunteers
d. Oversees the development and maintenance of an active volunteer base, supervising their work and activities
3. Receives, identifies, maintains, and preserves museum artifact collection
a. Follow professional museum standards, conservation principles, and museum policies and standards to develop, research, document, preserve, and interpret museum collection, to include recommending and processing acquisitions and deaccessions, processing loans and research requests, cataloguing, and housing and storing objects
b. Provide excellent and consistent customer service to public considering artifact donations
c. Responsible for the condition of all collection storage, work and exhibit areas, including regular inspections, preventive strategies, pest management, and high level of cleanliness, organization, and accessibility
4. Provides and promotes high-quality, mission driven exhibits, programs, events, and experiences to widening groups of diverse visitors
a. Research content, develop concepts and interactive elements, design exhibit and graphic elements, prepare objects and images, and construct and install temporary and long-term exhibits
b. Provide leadership to and work collaboratively with collections, research, and exhibits volunteers and interns to achieve high-quality assistance in both ongoing and project work
5. Serves as primary interpreter/spokesperson for the museum
a. Supervise all public relation activities, writing and distributing press releases, newspaper articles, informational brochures, flyers, announcement and other materials, or approve same
6. Develops fundraising sources and activities, and directs strategies for fundraising and cultivating donors
a. Supervise and assist in the annual membership drive activities
b. Write grants and corporate sponsorship proposals for collections and exhibit projects
c. Maintain roster with names, addresses and phone numbers of Historical Society members
d. Others as directed by the Historical Society Board
7. Maintains and develops meaningful and fruitful relationships with organizations and individuals
a. Research and present educational programs in local schools and for a variety of civic and social organizations
b. Assist and instruct visitors in using our archives for local history or genealogical research
c. Arrange and lead tours of the museum complex for organized groups and schoolchildren on field trips
8. Manages mechanical and structural systems of the museum buildings
a. Supervise the maintenance, remodeling, and repairs to the museum complex
b. Respond to emergency alarms at the museum complex
c. Responsible for opening and closing of buildings
9. Collaborates with the primary stakeholders in the museum – the City of Fort Atkinson, the Fort Atkinson Historical Society, and the National Dairy Shrine, in both seeking and providing direction for the museum
a. Coordinate with the National Dairy Shrine where activities of the Museum may impact their local exhibits, and act as liaison between National Dairy Shrine and the City and Historical Society Board
b. Develop, recommend, and administer the annual operating and capital addition budgets for both the City and the Historical Society, working with the City Manager and the Historical Society Board Treasurer
c. Develops, recommends, evaluates and implements policy and procedures adopted by the Historical Society Board of Directors
d. Develop projects and plans with the Historical Society Board, City Manager and other city department heads
e. Attend monthly Historical Society Board and various committee meetings, filing a monthly Director’s report for the Board of Director’s review
f. Attend weekly City staff meeting
1. Bachelor’s degree in U.S. History, American Studies, Public History, or related fields required; MA in Museum Studies or Public History preferred
2. Relevant work experience – minimum of 5 to 7 years of history museum management experience
3. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills as well as organizational skills
4. Knowledge of professional museum standards and best practices in all areas
5. Proficiency in computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Past Perfect and Quick Books Professional
6. Customer service skills
7. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines
8. Valid Wisconsin driver’s license





Museum Hours

  • Tuesdays through Saturdays:

      9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  •  Closed Sundays and Mondays

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The Museum is currently closed until January 20, 2015 when we will resume our regular hours of Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30-4:30.

For inquiries or questions, please email info@hoardmuseum.org

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See historic photographs of
Fort Atkinson in the
University of Wisconsin's Digital Collections.

Historic Fort Atkinson

Hoard Historical Museum  •  401 Whitewater Ave  •  Fort Atkinson WI 53538  
Phone: (920) 563-7769  •  Fax: (920) 568-3203  •  Email: info@hoardmuseum.org