Cultural Resources Planning Guide Public Survey
Dane County has a rich history of human settlement lasting millennia. Indigenous Peoples are known to have lived in the area that is Dane County for at least 12,000 years. The first Europeans came to Wisconsin 400 years ago; and 200 years ago, the first permanent European settlement was established in Dane County. In that time, an immense history has been left behind, and persists to this day. These assets take the form of archeological sites, burial sites and cemeteries, historic structures, architecturally significant buildings, and community gathering places. Additionally, traditions in the arts, dance, music, and oral history all serve to give our towns and communities a unique character that is worthy of preservation.
Wisconsin State Law requires that communities plan for the preservation and protection of culture and history. Dane County is currently updating its guidance in the comprehensive plan for towns within Dane County. Preservation of these physical and cultural elements can benefit towns through increased economic resiliency, stronger community identity, and increased civic pride.
The Cultural Resource Planning Guide will allow towns, especially those in rural Dane County to prioritize historic and cultural identity in future growth and development plans.
More information on the current Cultural Resource Planning Guide and updates to the project can be found at the following link: