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MAY 27, 2024, 10AM

Monona’s Memorial Day Parade coming up on May 27th at 10am.  HBGHS’s “float” will be a group of historic bay buggies and strollers.  Please consider lending your older baby buggy or stroller to the Society for the parade.  If you or someone you know is willing to walk in the parade pushing the buggy or stroller that’s even better.  Contact the society at

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Dorothy Browne Haines, author of Monona in the Making: History of the City of Pride, 1938-1975, published by Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society 1999 and recipient of the Key to the City of Monona in 2000, died April 22, 2024 at the age of 102.  She had lived in Monona since 1969.  At the suggestion of Dorothy's son, HBGHS was honored to host her celebration of life at the Nathaniel and Harriet Dean House on May 15.  Donations in memory of Dorothy are payable to HBGHS, P.O. Box 6704 Monona, WI 53716.  



  • To preserve and advance the history of

     Blooming Grove Township,

      the City of Monona,

     and Madison's southeast side

  • To restore, furnish, preserve, and promote

     the Nathaniel and Harriet Dean House

     as a center for local history research,

     cultural events, and a testament to the

     pioneer spirit that brought people to

     Blooming Grove Township,

     in Dane County, Wisconsin

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