Dane County Historical Society

Upcoming Event!

“Happy Hour Hop Through History!”

Sunday, February 25th, 1-4 p.m.

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The Larson House is located at 6003 Exchange Street,  McFarland, WI 53558.

We hope that you will join the Dane County Historical Society and the McFarland Historical Society for a fun new social event at the Larson House Museum!

In the interest of gathering together history lovers for social time and networking outside of the usual setting, the Dane County Historical Society is partnering with local history organizations to organize happy hours across the county! We will do these a few times a year in different settings ranging from museums to libraries to bars. Sometimes they will include tours, sometimes a speaker and sometimes just be a regular happy hour! Contact us at 608-224-3605 or danecountyhistory@gmail.com if you have questions. Click on the flyer here for details!

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 She acquired new historical documents for the local historical community to be able to enjoy and learn from.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.