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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 August 4, 2020
Added the following photographs
1950-51 Camp Badger class; single room school; Mrs. Brose Teacher; From Russ Julseth
1951-52 Camp Badger class; single room school. Mrs. Brose Teacher; From Jon Nelson
1952-53 Camp Badger 2 room school; grades 4 to 8; From Cathi Adams Fischer; Mrs. Scheidegger Teacher
1954 Camp Badger; lower classes; 2 room school; From Cathi Adams Fischer
1954 Camp Badger; upper classes; 2 room school; From Russ Julseth
1955 Camp Badger; lower classes; 2 room school; From Cathi Adams Fischer
1956 Camp Badger; lower classes; 2 room school; From Cathi Adams Fischer
1956 Camp Badger; upper classes; 2 room school; From Cathi Adams Fischer
Updated the FHS Photo Database

Added obituaries and cemetery information  for the following people
Sweeney, Mary Ann (nee Whalen)
Sweeney, Patrick
Purcell, William M

Updated the FHS Obituary Database

Short Articles

Barn Raising in 1843

What was it like to build a large barn over a hundred and seventy-five years ago without power tools or cranes? The following article describes the “raising” of the Vroman barn from cutting down trees to getting the help of over 200 people to put the barn together. The barn was on Joseph Vroman’s property but it was his brother George that as a carpenter designed and supervised the building of the barn.

Click here to read barn article

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.

The FHS will ask Melanie Herzog, PhD, a Dean of Edgewood College, to reschedule her discussion of the career and photography of Ida Wyman at our annual meeting this fall. 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.

What’s New?

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.

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