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 webpage on Military Service
A new webpage has been developed that gives a short history of the military service of Fitchburg residents in United States wars. Included in each description will be a pdf file that when clicked on will list military service information for each individual that was a Fitchburg resident at the time of enlistment. These files will have links to the history of each regiment containing a Fitchburg resident. The Civil War information on all 97 Fitchburg residents that enlisted has been added. World War I information on the 6 Fitchburg Veterans also has been added. This webpage is located under the main menu Fitchburg People or can be reached by clicking here. If anyone has information or photographs of Fitchburg military veterans, whether living here at the time of enlistment or moving here after enlistment, please contact us.
A Spring Check-up On Our Collections
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.
How well do you know Fitchburg?
1. When did the City of Fitchburg take over management of the Oak Hall Cemetery?
2. When was the Oscar Mayer Observatory built?
3. How many dairy farms were in operation in Fitchburg during the 1940s and 1950s; how many dairy farms does Fitchburg now have?
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
The Fitchburg Historical Society display case looks back on the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. This past world-wide medical happening had lethal consequences for many people around the globe. Even currently, the flu impacts our lives. The display complements our April 22 annual meeting speaker, Mary Hayney, Professor of the University of WI School of Pharmacy, who will talk about “The 1918 Flu Pandemic and Dealing with the Flu Today”. By remembering the events of the past, we aim to defuse the epidemic of the future.
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.
Jan 30, 2018
Jan 31, 2018
Feb 16, 2018
Feb 18, 2018
Added 14 names to obituary list
Updated FHS Photo Database
New webpage on Military Service
Added WWI roster information