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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.

FHS in the News

The Fitchburg Star has published a front page article on our new initiative of obtaining the histories of current Fitchburg businesses. A second article on page 10 highlights two of the companies we have in our business history collection. We now have 50 business histories on our website which is over 6% of about 750 current Fitchburg businesses. If you own or work at a Fitchburg business please help us obtain the history of your business. You can contact us (woodedarchives@gmail.com) for more information or to submit your history.

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.

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 092019.jpgThe FHS display case commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution regarding a woman’s right to vote. The presentation on display includes facts about American and Wisconsin suffrage leaders who worked diligently to promote and protect voting rights for American women so many years ago. This display case complements the talk at our fall meeting by Bob Kann PhD. On November 3, 2019, Professor Kann will tell us “How the great battle for woman’s suffrage was won”. We get to ponder the struggles that went into formulating and passing the woman’s voting legislation. NEVER FORGET THAT VOTING IS AN IMPORTANT CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY!!

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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