About the Historical Society

The Dane County Historical Society is a private non-profit, tax-exempt dedicated to the preservation of Dane County’s history. The Dane County Historical Society affiliated with the State Historical Society on January 16, 1961. The charter meeting of the Society was held on February 13, 1961, at the Dane County Fairgrounds. In its first year, 143 people were awarded “Charter Memberships”.

The mission of the Society is to preserve Dane County. We do this in several ways:

  • Otto Schroeder Archives and Records CenterCollecting written published and unpublished materials, and other primary and secondary source materials in the Otto Schroeder Archives and Record Center. Our facility is located on the lower level of the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Lake Farm Park at 3101 Lake Farm Road.


  • Publications: Publishing educational materials relating to the history of the county. These include two books and numerous online resources. Our two most recent books are available for sale. [Add Link]

  • Programs: The Dane County Historical Society sponsors public events. The twin goals are to promote the preservation of Dane County history and to encourage collaboration between other historical societies in Dane County.

  • Historical Markers: Erecting historical markers to bring attention to significant people, places, and events in Dane County history. Since 1963, we have erected over 45 markers around the county. See more about our historical markers, including an interactive map, here. [ADD LINK]