Dane County Historical Society

Upcoming Events!

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Come “Hop Through History” this Summer in Stoughton!norwegian flag

Join us on Sunday, August 26th, from 1:30-4 p.m.

Calling all Historical Society Members to join the Stoughton Historical Society to visit two of the three museums in town.
First stop- 1:30-2:20 : The Stoughton Historical Society’s main museum is located at 324 S. Page St.  Guided tours will be offered. Parking will be available at Livsreise lot on SW corner of Page St. and Main St.
Second stop- 2:30-4:00 : Luke Stoughton Pioneer home located at 315 N. Division St. Rarely opened, this 1847 restored founding father’s home will feature tours, Norwegian Sweet treats, live Norwegian music, and beverages.  Located on the beautiful Yahara river.

All Welcome! Donations Appreciated!

This event is co-sponsored by the Stoughton Historical Society and the Dane County Historical Society.

Contact the Dane County Historical Society for more details: danecountyhistory@gmail.com ; 608-224-3605

Recent Events!

Dane County Historical Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 20th, 1:30 p.m.

Special Guest, Susan Apps-Bodilly
Author of “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades”

Location: The Bolz Room A at the Goodman Community Center

149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704

For 2018, the Dane County Historical Society has moved it’s Annual Meeting to take place in the Spring. Please join us at the Goodman Community Center on Sunday, May 20th for our business meeting, board member election and a special presentation by local author, Susan Apps-Bodilly! The business meeting will include updates and plans for 2018, plus there will be the board member election to fill open positions for the Treasurer and 3 seats for Board Members at large.

We are delighted to be hosting Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades” and co-author of “Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories” as our special guest at this meeting. Ms. Apps-Bodilly has been an elementary and middle school teacher for more than twenty years and currently teaches second- and third-grade students. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Also, at the conclusion of Ms. Apps-Bodilly’s presentation, there will be an opportunity for meeting attendees to share their stories and memories about the one room schools that they, or their family members, attended, or if anyone in their family was a teacher at a one room school.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please send us an email or call to request an application.

For more information about this event, or if you have questions, please contact us at danecountyhistory@gmail.com or 608-224-3605.

Come “Hop Through History” in
Sun Prairie!

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Saturday, May 12th, 12-4 p.m.

Come join us on Saturday, May 12th, from 12-4 p.m. at the Crosse House for a special open house and ice cream social event!

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Meet new friends and old at Dane County’s second “Hop Through History” social event for members of local historical societies and history lovers!

Sassy Cow Creamery Ice Cream will be provided!

Step back in time and meet Mrs. Crosse and tour the family home. The Crosse House is located at 133 W Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. Also visit the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum a few doors away at 115 E Main Street! This event is family friendly and for all ages! RSVP’s and donations are welcome, but not required.

 This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Sun Prairie Museum and the Dane County Historical Society.

Contact the Dane County Historical Society for more details: danecountyhistory@gmail.com ; 608-224-3605

Click on the flyer here for details!

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“Taking Flight” Author Talk by Michael Edmonds at the DCHS Bookfair at Barnes and Noble West!

Saturday, April 14th, 1:30 p.m.

We invite you to join the Dane County Historical Society at Barnes and Noble West in Madison to hear Michael Edmonds discuss his newest book, “Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America”.

During the DCHS Bookfair fundraiser day at the West Side Barnes and Noble, Michael Edmonds will be presenting at 1:30pm. He will sign copies of his books at the conclusion of the talk.

What’s a “Bookfair” you might ask? A bookfair is an opportunity for local nonprofits and schools to raise money through purchases made by supporters, friends and members of the organization at a Barnes and Noble store on a specific date. After selecting a book, or books, for purchase, customers present their DCHS bookfair voucher at the checkout with our unique code. Purchases made online the day of the bookfair through April 19th are also credited to the Dane County Historical Society. The Dane County Historical Society will receive a portion of the proceeds from purchases made using the voucher during the course of the entire day when the store is open, from 9am-10pm. The store is located at 7433 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53717.

Our voucher with our special code can be found here:
Dane County Historical Society BN Voucher

Fitchburg Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, Co-Sponsored by the Dane County Historical Society

Sunday, April 22nd, 1:30 p.m.

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Mary Hayney of the UW Pharmacy School will speak on the 1918 Flu Pandemic and dealing with the flu today, at a meeting cosponsored by the Fitchburg Historical Society and the Dane County Historical Society, at 1:30 p.m. on April 22 in the large conference room of the Fitchburg Public Llibrary, 5530 Lacy Road. Everyone is welcome, and the Dane County folks will be providing refreshments.

Have you renewed your membership for 2018?

Don’t worry if you haven’t! Reminders are being sent out this month to renew your membership for this year. With lots of exciting events and activities being planned, you won’t want to miss out! Print out the 2018 Membership form here or renew online via Paypal.

Thank you for your support!

Fall 2017 Message from
the DCHS Board of Directors

The Dane County Historical Society has achieved many milestones in the past six months. We thank Mary Clark, President of DCHS for her service and dedication over the past 11 years. Mary put in countless hours devoting herself to the organization and elevated the Otto Schroeder Records Center’s collection. She acquired new historical documents for the local historical community to be able to enjoy and learn from. She researched multiple articles for each newsletter, filed taxes for DCHS, located speakers and made our archives more accessible through PastPerfectonline.com and RecollectionWisconsin.org. We wish Mary well in Arkansas with her family and look forward to having her as our most loyal member in spite of the many miles between Madison and Maynard, Arkansas, her new home.

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Attendees listen to Steve Schaffer, Asst. Archivist, Milwaukee Co. Historical Society present at the 2017 Local History Meeting at the Fitchburg Public Library.

In other news, our board and staff have been hard at work doing outreach on behalf of DCHS and collaborating with local organizations. Our administrator, Helen Wirka, attended the Monroe Street Farmers’ Market twice this summer which takes place at Edgewood High School. DCHS erected an historical marker at this site in 1981. DCHS recruited members and spread the word about our organization through conversation and book sales.

We also co-hosted a Networking Meeting with the Fitchburg Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History on September 23rd. The topic was web sites and social media with eleven historical society representatives in attendance.

Most recently, we were invited by Dane County Parks to participate on Friday, October 13th in the Harvest Moon Festival where we showcased our new “Fighting Bob” La Follette Historical Marker. The marker was dedicated in the Town of Primrose on Sunday, October 15th.

Also in October, our annual meeting will be an exciting one with Jim Draeger discussing the history of taverns and breweries in Wisconsin. We will wrap up our fall season with a Wisconsin Book Festival event on Saturday, November 4th. Michael Edmonds, author of “Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels” will present stories from his newest co-authored book at the Wisconsin Historical Museum at 1:30pm (30 N. Carroll St.) on the Capitol Square. We hope to see you there!

As always, if you have any ideas for programs or newsletter articles, we encourage you to reach out to us and share them. Thank you for your continued support of the Dane County Historical Society!

~DCHS Board of Directors

Dane County Historical Society

The Dane County Historical Society is a non-profit organization. Our primary mission is education: promoting an awareness of Dane County’s rich heritage, thus aiding in its preservation. We carry out this mission through our special events, programs, and publications.

Much of the collection is available for searching via the Dane County Historical Society website.  The Records Center is not open for walk-ins or general browsing of the collection. A complete list of resources can be found by viewing our Research and Resources. If you find a specific item in the catalog that you would like to view or learn more about, please Contact the Society.