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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 Starts Publishing its Collection

This summer we obtained a matching mini grant from the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, Inc., to digitize our collection and develop a database that could handle and manage digitized photos and documents. Over the last few months we have developed a database that meets our specifications and have scanned and added over 500 records containing digitized photographs including descriptions to this database.   While not able to publish the developing database at this time due to financial considerations, we are publishing a searchable pdf document containing an abbreviated table of our digitized records including photographs. The link to the pdf file along with instructions can be reached by clicking on the main menu item FHS Collection above or by clicking here. The pdf document, which currently contains over 500 photographs with descriptions, will be periodically updated as we scan more of our collection.

FHS Hosts Networking Meeting


Some of the networking meeting participants

On September 23 the Fitchburg Historical Society hosted the renewal of the Dane County Historical Society networking meetings. Presentations discussed the development of Websites and Facebook and highlighted the roles they play in interacting with the public. The Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History also presented updates. Many of the more than 30 participants took advantage of the time devoted to personal interactions between the local historical societies.

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Short Articles

A Spring Check-up On Our Collections

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This spring, several students from the University of Wisconsin did a “Preservation Review” of our Collections. It was a learning experience for them, and an opportunity to review our archival procedures. After receiving their report in May we have been working in our basement storage area of the Fitchburg Public Library to make sure that items stored there are in archival quality containers, and that items close to the floor are in waterproof containers in the event of water damage.

Other suggestions are in the process of being implemented including the backup of our Collection Records and organizational documentation in multiple secure places. Our mini grant will provide the funds for an external hard drive to assist in this process.

Our Photographic Collection has undergone a real transformation this past year, and will continue to be emphasized as we implement our digitization process, another facet of the Preservation Review. The Obituary area receives constant updates and a list of available obituaries is on our Website. In addition, various articles are added regularly to our paper files, and a careful digital and paper inventory is kept of all our Collections.

Many hours have been put into updating the archives, and the report from the U.W. students was both useful and encouraging.

To see past articles click here.

How well do you know Fitchburg?

1. When did the City of Fitchburg take over management of the Oak Hall Cemetery?
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2. When was the Oscar Mayer Observatory built?
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3. How many dairy farms were in operation in Fitchburg during the 1940s and 1950s; how many dairy farms does Fitchburg now have?
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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 October.jpgThe year – end holidays have come to the FHS display case.  The display highlights events for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years.  Each celebration tableau is described by unique words beginning with the letter “F”.   “Frankly,” the display case is “fabulous.”  “Happy Holidays” with joy and good wishes  to everyone!

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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