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Welcome to our new Fitchburg Historical Society website.  We hope you will enjoy reading about Fitchburg, Wisconsin as it developed from a sparsely populated township to a group of small communities and finally to a vibrant and diversified city encompassing nearly all of the township of Fitchburg in Dane county.  Because history is about yesterday, today and tomorrow we will have articles about current and future events as well as from our historical past.

Grand Army of the Republic Flag Holder

Flag Holder LR.jpgIn 1987  the Oak Cemetery Association, which had been formed in 1853, was left with only two aging members. With no prospects of acquiring new members the cemetery was turned over to the City of Fitchburg. The cemetery was closed to new burials and the Parks Department took over the chore of mowing and keeping the cemetery neat and orderly. They also took responsibility of placing flags at the veterans’ graves each Memorial Day. During the original clean-up process they found a broken and rusted remains of a Grand Army of the Republic flag holder. With no knowledge of whose grave this was from they turned it over to the Fitchburg Historical Society. The relic has been sandblasted and is now kept in the archives. The words over the center pictorial read: Grand Army of the Republic, and below: 1861 Veteran 1866.

F. H. S. Board of Directors Honor Plaque

Honor plaque LR.jpgA special plaque to honor members who served so faithfully on the F.H.S. Board of Directors in the past, and have now passed on, can be viewed in a prominent place on the large desk in the Fitchburg Room of the Library.  A number of the members listed were Charter Members, and are noted as such.

Map of Cultural Resources in Fitchburg

Culturl map SLR.jpgCome and see a beautiful 2 ft x 3 ft map of the “Cultural Resources of Fitchburg” prepared by the Fitchburg Planning and Zoning Commission in September of 2008, and recently framed and hung in the Fitchburg Room of the Library by the Fitchburg Historical Society.  The map includes places on the National Register of Historic Places, other historic buildings, and historic schoolhouses.  It also shows locations of a lead mine, stone quarries, Indian camps and trails, and a Mound group.

This well done Fitchburg Cultural Resource Map is a “must see” for anyone interested in the history of this growing community.

How well do you know Fitchburg?

1. What was the Stoner flag stop of the Illinois Central Railroad called by local residents?
Hint          Answer
2. When did Fitchburg become a city?
Hint          Answer
3. How old was Ralph H. Richardson when he died?
Hint          Answer

Display Case

Display Feb Mar 2017 LR.jpgThe Fitchburg Historical Society display case is located near the Fitchburg Room on the southeast corner on the second floor of the Fitchburg Public Library.  The display case highlights a variety of historical items throughout the year.  When the displays are changed, they focus on Fitchburg events and people and/or historical happenings of community interest

The current FHS display case honors 100 years of local farm history by listing the local Century Farms in our area.  A Century Farm means that continuous family ownership  for 100 years or more can be established by certified documents such as titles, deeds, and/or other legal records. The award certificate is presented at a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Fair.  An example of a Century Farm Certificate is included in the display as well as pictures of some of the actual farms.  These farms help commemorate life from the time of America’s involvement in the Great War 100 years ago — the home front  and lifestyle the soldiers were fighting to protect.   Congratulations to all of the stalwart 100 year farm families!!!

To see old Displays click here.

What’s New?

We will regularly update our website with new information and will highlight this new information here along with the date it was added. If you have suggestions for a topic of interest or would like to contribute an article please contact us.

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Feb 22, 2017
More Biographical Sketches under Family Histories
Fitchburg Railroads under Landmarks
Linked obituaries in Fitchburg Obituary Names
New questions for How well do you know Fitchburg
Linked obituaries in Fitchburg Obituary Names
Linked obituaries in Fitchburg Obituary Names
Linked obituaries in Fitchburg Obituary Names