Per Lysne The revival of rosemaling in the Norwegian-American community is often credited to Per Lysne. He was born December 8, 1880 in Laerdal, Sogn, Norway. His father, Anders Olsen, was an artist whose work was recognized at the Paris Exposition in 1893 and it was from him that Lysne learned rosemaling. Lysne immigrated to Stoughton, Wisconsin with his wife in 1907 when he was 27 years old. He worked in the Stoughton wagon factory as a painter and decorator of wagons adding fancy str...
Targe G. Mandt's family came to America from Telemarken, Norway in 1848 when he was just 2 1/2 years old. They settled on a farm in Pleasant Springs about six miles northeast of Stoughton in the newly created state of Wisconsin. As Targe grew up he helped his father in the workshop turning the hand-powered lathe, watching him work and learning the proper use of tools. By the time he was sixteen years old he had completed a wagon unassisted doing both the wood and metal work.
7th Wisconsin Volunteers, Company D "Stoughton Light Guard"
Stoughton has a strong history of military service beginning with the participation of Stoughton residents in the Civil War. In 1861 when President Lincoln issued the call for Union volunteers, men from Stoughton and the surrounding area came to Stoughton to enlist in the army. Muster rolls list men from Dunkirk, Rutland, Dunn and Stoughton.
By early September 1861, Company D of the 7th Wisconsin Volunteers, known as the Stoughton L...
The man who founded the little village of Stoughton was born in Vermont in 1799 and was a mechanic by trade. He and his wife, Eliza Page Stoughton, moved to a farm seven miles north of Janesville in 1838.
Later he moved to the village of Janesville where he was in the merchantile business and bought and sold real estate.
In 1974, a group called "Luke Stoughton Society" formed. Their mission was to save the Luke Stoughton pioneer home from being razed. The home was built around 1848 and was originally located at 130 East Main Street. In 1875 it was moved to the North West corner of Forrest and Jefferson and in 1974 the house was then moved to it's current location at 315 North Division Street. The Luke Stoughton Society rented the home for twenty years before the City of Stoughton gave the house to the Stough...
The mission of the Stoughton Historical Society is to bring together those interested in Stoughton's history, and to collect, preserve and display objects and documents that illustrate that history. The Historical Society is a volunteer-run self-supporting not-for-profit organization.The Stoughton Historical Society was organized in 1960 and is a public charity 501 (c)(3).
Our Museum is open Sundays, 1:00pm to 4:00pm during the s...
Built in 1913, the Depot was remodeled in 1923 and again in 1945, only to be closed in the 1970's.
In 1990, after two years, hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in donations, the Depot was restored by Stoughton Historical Society members.
The Depot now serves as an annex for the Historical Society, a public meeting space and headquarters for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce.
A display of railroad memorabilia will interest railroad and train enthusia...
Welcome to the Stoughton Historical Society of Wisconsin
The Stoughton Historical Society was incorporated as an affiliate of the State Historical Society June 21, 1960. We are a private, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization supported entirely by donations and memberships.
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