MHS in Print
The Madison Historical Society publishes a quarterly members' newsletter, Historical Happenings. The Source newspaper regularly supports our work through features and press releases that cover our programs and events. These writings reprinted below, seek to engage the public, fostering a love of history as well as a deeper appreciation of Madison's rich cultural past. Through these publications, the MHS advances research, supports education, and serves the local community.
Days of Yore - Shoreline Times Articles
Swimsuits of Yore
The Madison Historical Society has several examples of beachwear from the early 1900s, after the bathing suit we were all born with became a no-no on the shore.
Before Air Conditioning
Throughout history until the mid-20th century, people lived without air conditioning — somehow! The Madison Historical Society’s Allis-Bushnell House museum has a nice collection of hand fans.
The Madison Historical Society has scores of dolls that date to as early as circa 1840. They are not plastic. They were not mass produced, and few have any brand markings.
WWI Pop Hits
The Madison Historical Society has a collection of eye-catching sheet-music covers - many from the WWI era. Advertisers worked hard to make their music stand out from the competition.