Programs and Projects


Throughout the year, the Dane County Historical Society hosts and sponsors a variety of programs and special events that help support our mission to promote awareness of Dane County’s rich heritage and aiding in its preservation. All events are free and open to the public, however, some may require registration.

2020 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is On Hold for Now. An announcement will be made when we decide to schedule the annual meeting sometime in the future.

Plans for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Dane County Historical Society are moving apace. Of course, we realize that with the state of current affairs we may need to cancel or reschedule the meeting for public health reasons. Once the board has made that decision we will alert all our members and of course the general public.

For the time being, the annual meeting is still scheduled for Sunday, May 17. Proceedings will start at 1:30 pm and will take place at the Otto Schroeder Archives and Record Center on the lower level of the Lussier Family Heritage Center at 3101 Lake Farm Road. (SEE Map below.)


The business meeting will consist of a few key agenda items. This includes a short annual report and a few membership votes on a revised set of by-laws, a set of new membership categories and the election of board members.


As our guest speaker, we have invited Troy Reeves. Troy is the head of the Oral History program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Troy’s presentation will provide us with an examination of the term oral history, which appears a lot online and elsewhere, so much so that its true meaning has become obscured. Professional oral historians have tried to push back against this phenomenon through their writings and presentations, including showing examples of “real” oral history done by his organization. So, join Troy as he answers two questions: What’s oral history? And why does it matter?

Since June 2007 Troy Reeves has led the oral history program at the UW-Madison Archives. In that position, Reeves has overseen the key components of managing an oral history program—collecting and curating oral history recordings, as well as communicating and collaborating with interested individuals about the art and science of oral history. Along with those program roles, he has managed over a dozen oral history projects focusing primarily on UW-Madison’s rich history including interviews for its LGBTQ & Vietnam Era. Troy also currently serves on the board of the Wisconsin Humanities Council and has been published in historical journals, including the Western Historical Quarterly, the Public Historian, and the Oral History Review.

Hop Through History! Again this Summer!

Meet new friends and old at Dane County’s next “Hop Through History” a social event for members of local historical societies and history lovers throughout Dane County! The details will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!!!


Historical Markers

One of the longest ongoing projects of the Dane County Historical Society is the Historical Markers. Since 1963, the Dane County Historical Society has erected 46 markers noting significant historical figures, locations, and events. These markers are located throughout Dane County and Southern Wisconsin. To learn more, visit the Historical Markers page.

Remembering in Dane County

“Remembering in Dane County” was a series of programs that took place in 2008. Local residents and writers read from their own reminiscence writings. These were recorded by members of the Dane County Historical Society Board. Our Remembering in Dane County page provides more information on the program, writers, and has recordings available to listen to.

I Remember Madison Central High

The Dane County Historical Society established the “I Remember Madison Central High” project to collect the history of Madison’s Central High School, which was closed in 1969. This project included scanning copies of the Madison Mirror, a digital collection of the yearbook Tychoberahn, and a memories blog. All of these and more can be found on our Madison Central High page.