The Sauk County Historical Museum (531 4th Ave.) is open May through October, Friday & Saturday, noon until 4 pm. The History Center (900 2nd Ave.) is open year round Wed thru Sat, 12:00 to 4 pm. If you would like to visit the museum during off days, please call the History Center at 608-356-1001, during its open hours.
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Wm Canfield Day Event With Guest Speaker Phil Hasheider who will speak on his latest book Building Early Wisconsin Community: The 150-Year History of Mills on the Honey Creek Click Here for more details
Looking for the SCRAPs of Prehistory: The Sauk County Regional Archaeology Program’s 2014 Field Research
In 2014, the Center for Wisconsin Archaeology continued its Sauk County Regional Archaeology Program (SCRAP) by sponsoring an archaeological field school that focused on research at area archaeological sites. Sites where fieldwork was conducted included the Council House Mounds, the Greenfield Man Mound, the Clark Rockshelter and the Aldo Leopold Shack Sandblow. Investigations revealed new information for all of these archaeological sites. This presentation, by George Christiansen of the UW-Baraboo, will provide a brief summary of the work that was done and future directions for the Center for Wisconsin Archaeology and the SCRAP. This free lecture will be held at the History Center in Baraboo, 900 2nd Ave., Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm.
AN EDWARDIAN CELEBRATION
During 2015, we will be celebrating the Edwardian Era during which the Van Ordan Mansion was constructed. Click HERE to learn more about this exciting era.
Rob Nurre channels surveyor, Wm Canfield in this 30 minute tribute. Learn how "Canfield" discovered the Man Mound, and how he helped preserve it for future generations. Click HERE to watch the video.
The story of the WWII bomber, Myasis Dragon, and its final mission. Baraboo native, Harry Sansum was aboard that fateful day. Two of his crew survived to tell their story. Click *Here* to learn more.
Canfield Day Celebration
2014 Canfield Award to Ross Curry
Ross Curry of Lake Delton was selected as the 2014 recipient of the William H. Canfield History Award bestowed by the Sauk County Historical Society to honor the work of local historians.Like Canfield, Curry also has a passion for local history and has written ten publications on history and genealogy focusing on the Dells- Delton area. Curry has deep roots in Sauk County with ancestors arriving only a few years after Canfield.After schooling in Kilbourn and Madison College, Curry eventually landed a job at the Wisconsin Dells Events where he worked for 40 years. During his time at the newspaper he began researching and writing local history stories which were eventually published and are now a resource for the history of the Dells-Delton area and beyond. Curry was honored during Canfield Day on April 8 at the new Sauk County History Center in Baraboo. Society president, Paul Wolter, gave a presentation on Canfield’s 1859 map of Sauk County.
A Personal Recollection of William Harvey Canfield: Through A Child's Eyes By Alison Armstrong Fanara
Not every county in Wisconsin is lucky enough to have had a historian on the ground since virtually day one—and a passionate and gifted historian at that. Sauk County was set apart in 1840 to become a county of the Wisconsin Territory, and only two years later William H. Canfield arrived in the Baraboo Valley, destined to become its first historian. Like many of us today, he was struck by the beauty of Sauk County but knew that its history was changing fast and that it needed to be recorded.
William Canfield was born on April 9, 1819. On the occasion of Canfield’s 194th birthday this past April, we celebrated this dedicated man and his contributions to Sauk County history. A presentation was delivered by Alison Armstrong Fanara,a distant relative of Mr. Canfield, who shared her grandfather’s recollections of Canfield and presented the SCHS with a page torn from one of his journals that was given to her grandfather. To learn more, click here.
The SCHS History Center was acquired by the Society in 2007. The former office building of the Island Woolen Mill is currently being renovated. New windows were installed in 2007, along with landscaping. The work on the main and top floors was completed in March 2013. The main floor is for research, public lectures, and offices. The top floor is reserved for artifact storage and office space. As funds permit, the basement will be renovated for artifact displays. The History Center is now open. If you would like to help the Society move forward on this important project and learn more about how you can help, please click here ♦.
SAUK COUNTY, ABOVE AND BEYOND
Each year we select a theme from our county history to highlight and this year’s theme is “Sauk County, Above and Beyond”. We are telling the story of Sauk County’s notable aviators and the aero planes they flew. Aerial maps and photos taken from above are also on display. Click here to view area towns and villages from the air in vintage and current images. Click here to learn about Sauk County's notable aviators.
Sauk County Historical Society Photo Collection There are over 14,000 vintage images available for viewing on our Flickr Web site. Including, Sauk County towns, cities, villages, people, Native Americans, circus, and much more. Spend an afternoon reminiscing by browsing our vast collection of photos. Click here for our Flickr Web site.
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Mission Statement of the Sauk County Historical Society
The mission of the Sauk County Historical Society is to protect and maintain the history of Sauk County; to disseminate that history and to assist other historical societies in Sauk County.