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. 

“Robert M. La Follette: The Early Years”
Historical Marker Dedication
Sunday, October 15th
2:00-4:30 pm

*This event will take place rain or shine.*

Mustache photo age 29 with WHS Credit Line AND caption

Dane County Historical Society’s 47th marker, “Robert M. La Follette: The Early Years” will be dedicated on Sunday, October 15th at 2pm in the Town of Primrose, a few miles from his birthplace. The Dane County Historical Society is placing this marker, in cooperation with Township officials, at the intersection of County Hwy G and Oak Grove Road, 2 miles south of the Village of Mt. Vernon. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 3pm at Primrose Town Hall, located at 8468 County Hwy A, Verona, WI 53593. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact the Dane County Historical Society at

2017 Annual Meeting and Open House
Special Presentation by Jim Draeger
Bottom’s Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries
Sunday, October 29th
1:00-3:00 pm

Bottoms up cover

Come to the Lussier Family Heritage Center on Sunday afternoon, October 29th from 1-3pm for our annual meeting and open house event! Take a look at some of the special collections on display from the Otto Schroeder Records Center, attend the annual meeting and listen to a presentation by State Historic Preservation Officer, Jim Draeger, on the history of taverns and breweries! Light refreshments will be provided.
This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is encouraged.  For questions or to reply, contact us at (608) 224-3605 or 


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.