Frequently Asked Questions
Where does Historic Madison sell its publications?
Besides our order form, you should be able to locate many of our items at local bookstores including the WI Historical Society museum on the square, Canterbury Books, University Bookstore, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Borders Books, and Mallatt Pharmacy. The Forest Hill Cemetery also sells copies of the book on its "residents."
Do you have a photo of x in your collection?
Historic Madison has no permanent collection space, so it has not had the opportunity to collect and possess photographs. An excellent source of photographs is the Visual Materials Archives division of the WI Historical Society.
Where is Camp Randall Memorial Park, and who manages it?
Camp Randall, the former 50-acre civil war era military training ground, is located on the UW-Madison campus. A small 6-acre section of the original camp was set aside as a memorial park in 1913 to honor the more than 70,000 Wisconsin soldiers who trained here. The remaining area of the former training ground has given way to the Camp Randall stadium, the Fieldhouse and the engineering campus.
The memorial park includes the memorial arch, civil war era cannons and a re-constructed wood structure representing a guardhouse. On occasion, the park is used by organizations such as the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to conduct re-enactments of camp life. The university’s department of Facilities Planning Management maintains the park in consultation with the state’s department of Veterans Affairs.
Whatever happened to (no longer here) building?
The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation developed a photo exhibit a few years ago called Lost Madison. The exhibit is available for loan to libraries and senior centers from the Madison Public Library. If interested in seeing it, suggest your group sponsor it in your office or apartment building.
Where can I learn more about historic buildings that have been torn down in Madison?
The Wisconsin State Journal Centennial Edition (Sept 24, 1939) has a lengthy article on the subject. A copy of this issue is cataloged as an oversized reference book at the Madison Public Library (977.58 W75c) and a circulating copy is available at the Wisconsin Historical Society (PN4899.M25 W55 1939). Files on historic buildings are maintained by the City's Historic Preservation unit. When a historic building is demolished, its file is transferred to the Archives at the State Historical Society. The City Ordinance on demolition is Ch. 28.04 (22). Also, see the prior question for more information.
What hours of the day is the state capitol open for viewing?
Where in Madison is the state capitol located?
Is there a phone number that I can call to get information?
Please go the the state of Wisconsin web site for information on the state capitol. You can call 608-264-6350 for info on the capitol and its tours. The Capitol is located right in the center of Madison on the equivalent of four city blocks called Capitol Park or the Capitol Square. It is situated similar to a county courthouse in the middle of a downtown square of streets in a county seat.
When was Madison incorporated?
Madison became a city on March 3, 1856.
I am trying to locate a Monona Academy that is (was) in Madison.
I am trying to find information on my Grandfather's education there in the 1870s.
Would you know anything of this school?
The Monona Academy existed in Madison from about 1876-1886. It was a high school/college-prep school run by a Prof. J.J. Anderson. If your grandfather was a Norwegian Lutheran, he may have attended the Norwegian Lutheran Seminary located in the same building. The building was originally an octagon house (8 sided) built in 1852-4 for Wisconsin Governor Leonard J. Farwell. It was used as a civil war hospital and then an orphans home after the war until it became the seminary/prep-school. The building was torn down in 1895.
I'm writing to inquire what year Central High School closed in Madison.
The last graduation was in June 1969. Madison Area Technical College took over the space as of July 1st, 1969. See Madison Central High School History for additional information.
When did trolley cars run in Madison?
An article titled "Trolley Town" by Jay Rath in the March 16, 2002 WI State Journal cites February 23, 1935 as the date the last streetcar run. Service began on November 15, 1884, with a few mule-drawn trolleys.
I recently bought a historic home and need help finding someone
to help with some projects. Whom do I call?
Neither the Trust for Historic Preservation nor Historic Madison maintain a list of contractors. Some neighborhood associations also have collected contractor information from their citizens. Ask at the Monroe Street Library for the D-MNA and VNA contractor surveys, organized by type of work. The January, 2004 Madison Magazine cited two firms for historical renovation or restoration. They are Associated Housewrights, 2301 Regent St., 238-7519,and Chad's Carpentry, 4209 Winnequah Road, 221-1799. If your home is in a Historic District, you may be eligible for tax assistance for your project. Contact the Historic Preservation Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society.