Black Earth, Wisconsin



-Meetings Resume, Museum Closed for 2020

  The Black Earth Historical Society is pleased to announce the resumption of its monthly meetings for the remainder of 2020 at the headquarters & archives, 1022 Blue Mounds Street in downtown Black Earth. Everyone is invited. The museum on Mills Street will stay closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.

-Welcome To Brenda Carlson

  Brenda Carlson was appointed by the Black Earth Historical Society at their August 5 monthly meeting to fill the remainder of Paul Skalet's term until February 2021. Brenda is a lifelong resident of the village of Black Earth and long-time employee of News Publishing Company in Black Earth. Look for a short profile of Brenda in the fall Depot Dispatch newsletter. Welcome Brenda!

-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

-Garage Sale Coming In October
  The Black Earth Historical Society garage sale fundraiser has been postponed until early October. The sale will be held at the Museum on Mills Street, in conjunction with the village-wide garage sale, pending a firm date set by the Black Earth Area Chamber of Commerce. If you have items to donate or wish to volunteer, please contact board member David Cooper at 608-767-2281. We are seeking: volunteers for set up, sales, clean up; plus donated items in good condition such as toys, books, household items, sporting equipment, furniture, tools, etc. (sorry no clothing, electronics or tech equipment).

-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 BEHS for 2020 including January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3 (cancelled due to the coronavirus mandates from Dane County), 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 held in early October at the Museum, on Mills Street at the railroad tracks. 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: 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 FRY FOR AUGUST MAY BE CANCELED, PLEASE CHECK BACK
photo: Jennifer Rude Klett 2019