About The Project


The Making of The Madison Mirror ...

The Dane County Historical Society has scanned original copies of The Madison Mirror, student newspaper from Madison Central High School, to make digital or electronic copies of the full text available for free on the Internet. 

The DCHS board of directors had been discussing and planning for this project for over two years.  There had been starts and stops along the way as the board struggled to understand the technology and what it takes to put a treasure such as The Madison Mirror online for all to enjoy.   At first, plans called for having the State Historical Society microfilm the bound volumes for preservation purposes.  However, some board members rejected that idea, when it was learned that the bound volumes of the newspaper (which were originally kept as the official copy by Central High School) would have to be sliced apart in order to get an accurate film copy, thus ruining the artifactual value of the print volumes in the process.  The mission of the Dane County Historical Society includes both “preservation” and “access”.  It was important to the Board that the paper copies of the newspaper be preserved, even as they were being made ready for wider access via the World Wide Web.  

Finally, after much discussion and background research, it was learned that accurate digital copies could be created without disbinding the volumes.  This is the route that was chosen for this valuable student newspaper.

The Society had sought estimates for the various services that need to be done.  A fundraising effort was undertaken and shepherded by several DCHS board members – most notably by Joanne Jensen and Beverly Kneebone.  

Northern Micrographics in La Crosse was chosen as the vendor for digitizing The Madison Mirror.  The scanning was completed and the files delivered back to Dane County Historical Society in June 2008.  

The Memories Blog

DCHS is interested in collecting the stories of Central High alumni for people to read alongside the student newspaper.

To make this project into a living, growing resource, we've added the Central High Memories Blog. We'll collect stories from anyone who wants to share them, post them to the blog, and give people the opportunity to comment on the stories and to share even more memories. We hope this site will be a constantly growing repository of history, along with being a place people can go to take a walk down "memory lane".

Future Plans

DCHS wants to continue to add to this site by digitizing more Central High resources. The next project may be to scan the Tychoberahn.

You can help! Consider a donation of time, money, or the stuff you have in your attic from Central High. See our Donate Now! page for more information.