Newsletters and Publications


The Dane County Historical Society periodically publishes a newsletter for current members containing information about upcoming events, research, and other topics of interest.

The most current newsletters, up to one year, are available to members only. If you would like to join, please visit our Membership page to learn more. Members can find the password to access the most recent newsletters on the back of their membership cards. All other newsletters can be found in the Newsletters Archive.

2017: Spring | Fall


Forward! A History of DANE: the Capital County

dane-coverFORWARD! traces the history of Dane County through the twentieth century. As home to state government, Dane County history provides the perfect background and insight into the development of Wisconsin throughout this period. The book was researched and written by Allen Ruff and Tracy Will. The first published history of Dane County in nearly 100 years is replete with fascinating details and historical photographs. It has over 400 pages of text, hundreds of pictures, complete index, maps, photos and graphics.

To order yours, download and complete the Forward! Ordering Form and return to DCHS with payment.


Back to Beginnings: the Early Days of Dane County: A Book for Children

Back to Beginnings is a 60 page soft-bound volume which contains richly colored illustrations as well as black and white. dccacoverThis volume was published by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission for the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial in 1998. Featuring early maps, photographs, drawings, engravings, and artifacts, the book highlights major developments in county history, from pre-settlement days through the Civil War.

To get your own copy, download and complete the Back to Beginnings Order Form and return to DCHS with payment.