Long-ago Lunchtime Lessons

A Look at the History of Baraboo from Prehistoric Times to the Advent of the Ringling Brothers Circus

In 2017 the Sauk County Historical Society created 10 modules of local history for all of the third grade classrooms in the Baraboo School District. The lessons were based on an 1872 map of the city drawn by pioneer surveyor and historian William H. Canfield who was careful to document Native American effigy mounds and other historic items on his map. A point on the map begins each lesson.

The third grade local history curriculum will be expanded and used to teach eight in depth lessons on Baraboo’s history. The presentations will look at the three different cultures that have inhabited this spot over the past 1,000 years, the reason there is a city here at all, how Baraboo grew and its biggest claim to fame.

Sept 27 - Mr. Canfield and his Map

October 25 - Effigy Mounds and Native Americans

November 29 - The Name “Baraboo”

No Presentation in December

January 31 - Baraboo Rapids, Dams and Mills

February 28 - The County Seat

March 28 - The Arrival of the Railroad

April 25 - The Fair

May 30 - Circus City

The series will run from September through May (skipping December) with presentations being held on the last Thursday of each month from 12:10 to 12:50 pm at the Baraboo Area Senior Center, Room 24 of the Baraboo Civic Center, 124 Second Street. SCHS Executive Director Paul Wolter will use pictures, maps and illustrations to bring each presentation to life. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Room 24, Baraboo Civic Center

124 2nd St. Baraboo, WI

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