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The next Alternate Parade of Homes will be Sunday, October 13, 1-4 pm and will feature the Mansion Hill neighborhood. Please stay tuned for additional information.

The next regular HMI Board meeting will be 6:30pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (the second Tuesday rather than fourth Tuesday) at a location TBD.

The story of how Confederate Rest at Forest Hill Cemetery came to be by Mark Gajewski

Madison, Wisconsin: The Four Lake City, Issued by the Madison Board of Commerce, 1914


Historic Madison, Inc. (HMI) of Wisconsin has served as Madison's historical society since 1974. Our mission is to preserve and share stories about Madison's past through publications, events and public programs.

Our publications include Historic Madison: A Journal of the Four Lake Region - an almost annual journal published since 1975 (there have been 23 issues as of 2012) - with each issue containing several articles of historical interest. We also publish a newsletter three times per year with news about HMI activities plus interesting tidbits from Madison's past. Both publications are provided free to members. See our Publications section of this web site.

HMI hosts several programs and events throughout the year, including the popular Alternate Parade of Homes featuring tours of renovated and restored homes in historic neighborhoods. We offer tours of Forest Hill and Resurrection Cemeteries, providing a fascinating glimpse into the lives of citizens who have shaped Madison's history. The annual meeting, for HMI members and prospective members, includes an interesting presentation on a particular historical topic.

We are also involved in preservation activities such as our oral history project, which is a collection of transcribed interviews with notable Madisonians.

Throughout our web site you will find photos, drawings and other images illustrating life in historic Madison. Many of these are available for purchase from the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), with all proceeds directly benefiting the acquisition, preservation and maintenance of WHS's physical and online collections. HMI wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of WHS for making these images available, and for granting HMI permission to use them on our web site. Volunteers are needed to catalog additional images; find out more about this project and how you can help.