Programs and Projects

Programs and Special Events

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. 

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Come “Hop Through History” this Summer in Stoughton!norwegian flag

Join us on Sunday, August 26th, from 1:30-4 p.m.

Calling all Historical Society Members to join the Stoughton Historical Society to visit two of the three museums in town.
First stop- 1:30-2:20 : The Stoughton Historical Society’s main museum is located at 324 S. Page St.  Guided tours will be offered. Parking will be available at Livsreise lot on SW corner of Page St. and Main St.
Second stop- 2:30-4:00 : Luke Stoughton Pioneer home located at 315 N. Division St. Rarely opened, this 1847 restored founding father’s home will feature tours, Norwegian Sweet treats, live Norwegian music, and beverages.  Located on the beautiful Yahara river.

All Welcome! Donations Appreciated!

This event is co-sponsored by the Stoughton Historical Society and the Dane County Historical Society.

Contact the Dane County Historical Society for more details: ; 608-224-3605

Dane County Historical Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 20th, 1:30 p.m.

Special Guest, Susan Apps-Bodilly
Author of “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades”

Location: The Bolz Room A at the Goodman Community Center

149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704

For 2018, the Dane County Historical Society has moved it’s Annual Meeting to take place in the Spring. Please join us at the Goodman Community Center on Sunday, May 20th for our business meeting, board member election and a special presentation by local author, Susan Apps-Bodilly! The business meeting will include updates and plans for 2018, plus there will be the board member election to fill open positions for the Treasurer and 3 seats for Board Members at large.

We are delighted to be hosting Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades” and co-author of “Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories” as our special guest at this meeting. Ms. Apps-Bodilly has been an elementary and middle school teacher for more than twenty years and currently teaches second- and third-grade students. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Also, at the conclusion of Ms. Apps-Bodilly’s presentation, there will be an opportunity for meeting attendees to share their stories and memories about the one room schools that they, or their family members, attended, or if anyone in their family was a teacher at a one room school.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please send us an email or call to request an application.

For more information about this event, or if you have questions, please contact us at or 608-224-3605.

Come “Hop Through History” in
Sun Prairie!

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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!

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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: ; 608-224-3605

Click on the flyer here for details!

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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.

Our voucher with our special code can be found here:

Dane County Historical Society BN Voucher

Fitchburg Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, Co-Sponsored by the Dane County Historical Society

Sunday, April 22nd, 1:30 p.m.

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Mary Hayney of the UW Pharmacy School will speak on the 1918 Flu Pandemic and dealing with the flu today, at a meeting cosponsored by the Fitchburg Historical Society and the Dane County Historical Society, at 1:30 p.m. on April 22 in the large conference room of the Fitchburg Public Llibrary, 5530 Lacy Road. Everyone is welcome, and the Dane County folks will be providing refreshments.

“Happy Hour Hop Through History!”

Sunday, February 25th, 1-4 p.m.

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larson house
The Larson House is located at 6003 Exchange Street,  McFarland, WI 53558.

We hope that you will join the Dane County Historical Society and the McFarland Historical Society for a fun new social event at the Larson House Museum!

In the interest of gathering together history lovers for social time and networking outside of the usual setting, the Dane County Historical Society is partnering with local history organizations to organize happy hours across the county! We will do these a few times a year in different settings ranging from museums to libraries to bars. Sometimes they will include tours, sometimes a speaker and sometimes just be a regular happy hour! Contact us at 608-224-3605 or if you have questions. Click on the flyer here for details!



Historical Markers

One of the longest ongoing project 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 the 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. These and more can be found on our Madison Central High page.