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Welcome

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.

New searchable FHS newsletter database

We now have a searchable database of our entire FHS newsletter collection that currently includes 89 newsletters from 1989 through 2017.  This will allow a quick search of our entire newsletter collection for articles on specific topics.  This database is on the FHS Collection page along with our growing FHS photo collection database.  Individual FHS newsletters can still be seen by clicking on the Newsletters and Books link under Publications on the right side bar.

This project was funded in part by a grant-in-aid from Wisconsin Historical Foundation, Inc., administered by Wisconsin Council for Local History, Inc.

Short Articles

A Spring Check-up On Our Collections

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This spring, several students from the University of Wisconsin did a “Preservation Review” of our Collections. It was a learning experience for them, and an opportunity to review our archival procedures. After receiving their report in May we have been working in our basement storage area of the Fitchburg Public Library to make sure that items stored there are in archival quality containers, and that items close to the floor are in waterproof containers in the event of water damage.

Other suggestions are in the process of being implemented including the backup of our Collection Records and organizational documentation in multiple secure places. Our mini grant will provide the funds for an external hard drive to assist in this process.

Our Photographic Collection has undergone a real transformation this past year, and will continue to be emphasized as we implement our digitization process, another facet of the Preservation Review. The Obituary area receives constant updates and a list of available obituaries is on our Website. In addition, various articles are added regularly to our paper files, and a careful digital and paper inventory is kept of all our Collections.

Many hours have been put into updating the archives, and the report from the U.W. students was both useful and encouraging.

To see past articles click here.

How well do you know Fitchburg?

1. When did the City of Fitchburg take over management of the Oak Hall Cemetery?
Hint          Answer
2. When was the Oscar Mayer Observatory built?
Hint          Answer
3. How many dairy farms were in operation in Fitchburg during the 1940s and 1950s; how many dairy farms does Fitchburg now have?
Hint          Answer

Display Case

The 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

Display October.jpgThe year – end holidays have come to the FHS display case.  The display highlights events for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years.  Each celebration tableau is described by unique words beginning with the letter “F”.   “Frankly,” the display case is “fabulous.”  “Happy Holidays” with joy and good wishes  to everyone!

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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