About Us

About Us

  Established in 1992, the Black Earth Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to preserving the heritage of Black Earth and serving as a resource for local historical research. The Historical Society has grown considerably over the past 30+ years with over 300 memberships. Donations are gratefully accepted by check through the mail, in person at one of our meetings, or by contacting Gary Ballweg at garyaballweg@gmail.com. The BEHS is an affiliate of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Council for Local History southwestern region and member of the Dane County Historical Society. Above photograph include board members at the 2023 annual meeting.

Board Members:

President Wayne Barsness, term expires 2024

Vice President Harold Miller, term expires 2026

Treasurer David Cooper, term expires 2025

Secretary Jan Cowan, term expires 2026

Lavonne Clason, term expires 2026

JoAn Turk, term expires 2024

Gary Ballweg, term expires 2025

Jan Schroeder, term expires 2025

Shirley Williams, term expires 2025

Brenda Carlson, term expires 2024

Debbie Ballweg, term expires 2026


The BEHS has eight standing committees: executive; finance, building and grounds; events; museum; communications & publicity; membership; 

and archives, acquisitions & research.

Black Earth History Center

Monthly board meetings held at 6:30 usually the first Wednesday evening of the month at the Black Earth History Center. 

The public is welcome.

Former early 1900s Congregational Church, 
1022 Blue Mounds Street, Black Earth
Board meetings, research & community special events
Spring rummage sale fundraiser, Field Days open house, Santa open house

"We love Black Earth. Help us honor its past."

We are an all-volunteer crew; contact Wayne Barsness for volunteer opportunities.