Come “Hop Through History” in
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!
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: email@example.com ; 608-224-3605
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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.
Fitchburg Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, Co-Sponsored by the Dane County Historical Society
Sunday, April 22nd, 1:30 p.m.
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.
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.