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.
Annual Meeting Sunday, April 22
The Fitchburg Historical Society will have its annual meeting this Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 in the Fitchburg Library. The featured speaker is Mary Hayney, Professor University Wisconsin Pharmacy School. She will talk about the 1918 Flu Pandemic and Dealing with the Flu Today. The meeting is free and open to the public.
At our board meeting Saturday, April 7, our collections advisor Elizabeth Leith and her six students, Megan Bernards, Kelsey Breen, Virginia Fetzer, Jackson Rohde, Onah Rongstad and Caroline Schlingsong presented a progress report on our project to digitize our substantial obituary collection and obtain other genealogical information on people associated with Fitchburg. The students should finish scanning over a thousand obituaries by April 13 and will continue to gather information from these obituaries for inclusion in our FHS FileMaker Pro Database and on our website. This project was funded in part by a grant-in-aid from Wisconsin Historical Foundation, Inc., administered by Wisconsin Council for Local History, Inc. The students are volunteering as a service learning course project. Before the meeting the students discussed the preservation and restoration of wall murals such as our Village of Fitchburg mural in the Fitchburg Room.
How well do you know Fitchburg?
1. What type of wall décor was used in the Anderberg House?
2. How long did Philip Fox serve in the Civil War?
3. Where is Paul Archie Brown, a World War I soldier, buried?
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.
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