Black Earth, Wisconsin


-New Name: Black Earth History Center

The headquarters & archives for the Black Earth Historical Society is now called the Black Earth History Center, members decided at the September meeting. The BE History Center is still housed in the former Congregational Church at 1022 Blue Mounds Street. The BEHS holds its monthly and annual meetings plus some of its special events at the History Center. A large collection of artifacts and historic photographs are kept in the 100 plus-year-old building. Archivist Carolyn Schafer and a Black Earth Public Library staff member are currently in the process of digitizing the BEHS's historic photographs at the History Center.

-New Name: Black Earth History Museum at the Depot

The name of depot museum in Black Earth has been refined to better describe the museum's content of Black Earth area items. The new official name is the Black Earth History Museum at the Depot. It contains historic displays, photographs and artifacts pertaining to our local heritage of farming, commerce, churches, civic groups, home life, military service and recreation. Explore the Black Earth History Museum at our reopening in May 2021.

-Benefit Black Earth Historical Society On Amazon

  With many turning to online shopping due to the pandemic, you can easily donate to the Black Earth Historical Society when shopping on at no additional cost to you. It's easy, just select the Black Earth Historical Society as your charitable choice through the Amazon Smile program.

  • go to
  • sign into your Amazon account
  • select Black Earth Historical Society from the list of charities
  • remember to always go to Amazon Smile to shop on Amazon, bookmark it for future reference

-Black Earth Historical Society Board Member Paul Skalet Passes Away

  The BEHS is saddened to learn of the passing of one of its board members and former president Paul Skalet on Monday, June 8, 2020. To hear Paul's oral interview on Recollection Wisconsin, an online historical digitization program, about his growing up in the Black Earth area, visit To read Paul's obituary, please visit the Wisconsin State Journalphoto: courtesy of BEHS member Jenny Pauley Memorial Day 2017

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2020 EVENTS:

-Monthly meetings are held at 6:30 the first Wednesday evening of the month at the Black Earth History Center for 2020 including January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3 (April through June meetings cancelled due to the coronavirus mandates from Dane County but restarting in July), July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2. Public is welcome.
-Annual meeting is Sunday, February 16 at 2:00. Everyone is welcome.
-Culver's Share Event fundraiser is Monday, March 9 at Culver's in Cross Plains from 11:00 to 7:00.
-Garage Sale fundraiser will be Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3 from 9:00 to 3:00 at the Black Earth History Center, 1022 Blue Mounds Street. Donated items and volunteers are needed. 
-Museum opens for the summer Sunday, May 24 (Memorial Day weekend)  to be determined sometime in June from 1:00 to 4:00, and for the next 15 Sundays through September 27. NOTE: HISTORY MUSEUM CLOSED FOR 2020
-Brat Fry fundraisers will be Saturday,  June 20 (cancelled) and August 22 at the Shoe Box, 1314 Canal Street in Black Earth, from 9:00 to 4:00 or until the brats run out. NOTE: BRAT FRYS HAVE BEEN CANCELED FOR 2020

-Cheese Curd Fundraiser - Culver's Cross Plains will donate $1 for every cheese curd sale for one week in November. Exact dates announced soon.
-Santa/Open House December CANCELLED FOR 2020
photo: Jennifer Rude Klett 2019