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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.

Tour of the Fitchburg Historical Society

For those that have never seen our Fitchburg Historical Society location on the second floor of the Fitchburg public library this is a must see video.  Catherine Schneider conducts a tour for FACTv of our display cases, reference books, office space where most of our documents and photographs are stored, a glimpse of Carole and Barb entering information into our digital FHS Database, the wall mural of early Fitchburg and a map with descriptions of historic buildings in Fitchburg.  We also have storage space in the basement.  All our videos can be reached by clicking on Video Presentations on the right sidebar or click the blue link to go right to the Tour Video.

New Initiative

The Fitchburg Historical Society has acquired a lot of information on the early years of Fitchburg. However, since Fitchburg became a city in 1983 it has become an ideal location for businesses of all sizes and scopes. Today there are over 750 businesses in Fitchburg. To capture this newer history, we have begun an initiative to acquire the history of local businesses. If you own or work at a Fitchburg business please help us obtain the history of your business.  You can see the beginnings of this initiative under our new Businesses menu and can contact us for more information on submitting a business history.

Short Articles

The Saga of Thomas Burke’s Gravestone by Eric Amlie

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Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

The old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fitchburg was built in 1857 just west of what is now the Correctional Center on County Highway M. Next to the church was a cemetery where most of the Catholics in the area were buried between 1857 and 1898. In 1885, the St. Mary’s congregation moved to Oregon a short distance to the south and closed the old cemetery in 1898. At this time a new St. Mary’s Cemetery was established next to the Protestant Prairie Mounds Cemetery in the northeast part of Oregon and most of the remains were reburied in the new cemetery or in a Madison cemetery.  This appears to be when Thomas Burke was separated from his old gravestone.

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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

Display May 2019 LR.jpgHow do we spend our free time? With the arrival of warm weather, the Fitchburg Historical Society Display Case reflects on the ways to spend leisure hours in our area. There are many things to see and do for enjoyment, entertainment, and amusement in Fitchburg. We salute the many camps, sports, music venues, and games for both younger folks and adults. The display case provides specific details about some of the local recreational activities for the next few months. You can enjoy your fun in the sun right here in our own back yard. BRING ON SUMMER !!!

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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Added Mike Croft bio
Added Fitchburg school system video
Added Me & Julio to Businesses
Added Mooyah to Businesses
Added Ward-Brodt to Businesses
Added Me & Julio history
Added Mooyah history
Added Ward-Brodt history
Added Interview video FHS tour
Added photo to Adrianne Imilkowski bio
Added photo to Catherine Schneider bio
Added Bricks & Minifigs to Businesses
Added Family Pharmacy to Businesses
Added Ganshert Nursery to Businesses
Added Yahara Bay Distillers to Businesses
Added Benjamin Plumbing to Businesses
Added Chocolate Shoppe to Businesses
Added Mapping specialists to Businesses
Added Noble Knight Games to Businesses
Added Oak Bank to Businesses
Added Terso Solutions to Businesses
Added Bavaria Sausage to Businesses
Added Bilancio Eyewear to Businesses
Added Dragonfly Hot Yoga to Businesses
Added Fitchburg Cycles to Businesses
Added K & A Greenhouse to Businesses
Added Burke gravestone short story