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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.

Register Now For Our FHS Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for our Zoom based FHS Annual meeting featuring Melanie Herzog, PhD, a Dean at Edgewood College and art historian. She will discuss the life and photography of Ida Wyman, an internationally acclaimed photographer of everyday life who spent the last years of her life in Fitchburg.

Following this presentation there will be a short business meeting to elect 4 board member seats. Nominations from the floor will be accepted.

INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER FOR ANNUAL FHS MEETING TO BE HELD APRIL 25, 2021 AT 1:30 PM

Click here to register. You will be asked to fill out a form containing your name and email address. Once filled out and submitted you will receive an email containing your personal link to the Zoom meeting and simple instructions (typically just click on the link up to 15 minutes before the start of the meeting). You can also use a phone to hear the talk.  Phone Instructions including phone number and password are provided in the acknowledgement email.

Instructions if you do not have Zoom.

Click on Zoom’s “how to join a meeting” FAQ which will guide you through the easy process of getting and using Zoom for free.

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 us.woodedarchives@gmail.com

New material added to the FHS website April 16, 2021

Added obituary 1 and obituary 2 for Ida Wyman, obituary for Mary Beth Heller and obituary for Philip Lacy.

Short Articles

To see past articles click here.

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 reschedule her discussion of the career and photography of Ida Wyman at our annual meeting on April 25 at 1:30. The meeting will be held on Zoom with registration to start April 1. 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.