Intro to the Dane County Historical Society

The Dane County Historical Society is a private non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. In January 1961, DCHS affiliated with the Wisconsin¬† Historical Society. Our charter meeting was held on February 13, 1961, at the Dane County Fairgrounds. In our first year, 143 people were awarded “Charter Memberships.”

The Society’s mission is to preserve and promote Dane County’s history. We do this in several ways:

  • Otto Schroeder Archives and Records Center: Collecting published and unpublished materials and other primary and secondary source materials and housing them in the Otto Schroeder Archives and Records Center. Our facility is located on the lower level of the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Lunney Lake Farm Park at 3101 Lake Farm Road.

Publications:  The Dane County Historical Society has published two books about Dane County history which are available for sale. Click here to see more.

  • Historical Markers: The Dane County Historical Society’s Historical markers bring attention to significant people, places, and events in the County’s history. Since 1963, DCHS has erected over 47 markers countywide. See more about our markers program, including an interactive map, here.¬†

Below is an introductory video with Rick Bernstein, DCHS’s Administrator. Before joining DCHS, Rick retired from the Wisconsin Historical Society. He worked there for almost thirty years and brought that experience to bear. During the Covid Pandemic, the archives and records center is available upon appointment. Call us at 608 224-3605. Better yet, for a faster response, please email us at to set up an appointment.

Intro to Dane County Historical Society