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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.

Board Member Elections

There have been no additional nominations for the 4 open board member seats. As it is now past the deadline for additional nominations the four candidates, Eric Amlie, Adrianne Imilkowski, Carole Kinney and Barb Tereba are elected to 3 year terms ending in April 2023.

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 September 8, 2020

Added a short story, Winning “One” for Skunk Hollow; see below.

Removed the list of updated material within the last month from the bottom of the home page as we now have FHS Website Alert.

Website changes.

WordPress.com changes made Monday relating to their new block editor and the incompatibility of our website Theme with the new editor rendered our website unusable. Therefore, a new Theme, similar to our former one is now being used. Due to the large number of our webpages and links to other sites, it is difficult for us to determine if there are other issues with our website. If you find an issue with any of our webpages or links please send us an email ( woodedarchives@gmail.com ) stating the issue.

Short Articles

An important part of Fitchburg’s history has been described in local neighborhood association newsletters. These newsletters describe everyday events in the neighborhoods and looking back at old newsletters one can get a sense how neighborhood interactions have changed over time. The following article Winning “One” for Skunk Hollow is taken from the book In Our Own Words: The Best of the Dunn’s Marsh News edited by Mary Mullens who has given the Fitchburg Historical Society permission to publish some of the stories. The book can be viewed online at http://www.fitchburgwi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4402/Dunns_Marsh_News_1990?bidId=

The Marlborough area of the Dunn’s Marsh neighborhood, called Skunk Hollow by people living there is bordered by Lumley south to Clover and Seminole Highway to Danbury and Whenona. The following story, written by Ron Melvin in 1976 described a key neighborhood baseball game.

Click to read Winning “One” for Skunk Hollow

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 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.