The 2012 election season may have concluded only a couple of weeks ago but to the Wisconsin Historical Society, the signs, brochures and bumper stickers of state and national candidates now are among the society's archives. "We have a history of collecting in the moment," said Helmut Knies, archival supervisor. "The society has a long tradition going back decades of collecting contemporary history. As best we can, we try to keep up that."

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