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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.

Fitchburg Morns the Death of Town/City Leader

Doug.jpgDouglas Wayne Morrissette, the Town Chair from 1975 to 1981 and the City Mayor from 1993 to 1999 died Wednesday, October 16, 2019. He was also the southern director of the Department of Natural Resources at the Nevin Fish Hatchery in Fitchburg. His obituaries can be seen here and here and the Town Chairs/City Mayors can be seen here.

Short Articles

The Saga of Thomas Burke’s Gravestone by Eric Amlie

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Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

The old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fitchburg was built in 1857 just west of what is now the Correctional Center on County Highway M. Next to the church was a cemetery where most of the Catholics in the area were buried between 1857 and 1898. In 1885, the St. Mary’s congregation moved to Oregon a short distance to the south and closed the old cemetery in 1898. At this time a new St. Mary’s Cemetery was established next to the Protestant Prairie Mounds Cemetery in the northeast part of Oregon and most of the remains were reburied in the new cemetery or in a Madison cemetery.  This appears to be when Thomas Burke was separated from his old gravestone.

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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 092019.jpgThe FHS display case commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution regarding a woman’s right to vote. The presentation on display includes facts about American and Wisconsin suffrage leaders who worked diligently to promote and protect voting rights for American women so many years ago. This display case complements the talk at our fall meeting by Bob Kann PhD. On November 3, 2019, Professor Kann will tell us “How the great battle for woman’s suffrage was won”. We get to ponder the struggles that went into formulating and passing the woman’s voting legislation. NEVER FORGET THAT VOTING IS AN IMPORTANT CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY!!

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