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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.

FHS Website Alert

When there is new material placed on our website, FHS members will be notified by email detailing what has been added. Non FHS members can opt in to this new feature by sending an email to

New material added to the FHS website January 25, 2021

Added Anderberg House to Historic Sites and updated the Historic Sites map by showing demolished historic building sites in white.

Short Articles

Tour of Lights

Fitchburg has had a long history of displaying Christmas lights and decorations at both homes and businesses. This year the city had a Tour of Lights where interested residents signed up to put their displays on a map. People could then drive by the displays between 6 and 9pm on December 19 and vote for the best display. There were about 50 displays on the list but many more residents had displays from small to very large. Most of these displays will be up through New Year’s Day and we encourage everyone to drive around to see them. The Fitchburg Historical Society has taken a few pictures of the displays including the winner of the Tour of Lights at 2700 Marledge St. (the back yard can be seen from Lacy Rd. at Aberdeen Ct.). If you would like to have your display shown on our website, please send us a photo at

Click here to see more Christmas Light Displays

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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

Ida Wyman display.jpgThe FHS display case remembers the life and photographic work of Ida Wyman, master photo journalist. She started using a camera at an early age and photography became her life’s work. Ida was curious about people and things so she recorded her feelings with her camera. Through the camera lens, Ida would produce documentary photographs showing everyday events in the world around her. The pictures in this display present some of her cross country travels from New York to Los Angeles in the mid twentieth century to capture bits of Americana. Ms Wyman had photographs published in Life and Look magazines at a time when few women did that kind of work. She received more acclaim for her work in later years as people came to enjoy the gallery presentation talks that she gave during her photo exhibitions. Her photographs can be found in many galleries across the United States and around the world. We honor her memory as we reveal her interesting story by showing some of the pictures she cherished. THANK YOU IDA WYMAN – you will be sadly missed.

Melanie Herzog, PhD, a Dean of Edgewood College, has agreed to reschedule her discussion of the career and photography of Ida Wyman at our annual meeting in the spring. Professor Herzog, an art historian, has written essays about Ida Wyman’s contributions as a photographer. We look forward to her talk about “Ida Wyman, acclaimed photographer of everyday life”.

Wisconsin State Journal obituary New York Times obituary

To see old Displays click here.