We have over 1600 photos of historic Waunakee in our digital collection.
Click here to search Waunakee newspapers through NewspaperArchive.com.
Take a historic walking tour of Waunakee created by Waunakee High School students. To begin, click here.
How We Got Here - Origins, Immigration, and Community
Through a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, WPL interviewed community members about where their families originated, how they came to the United States, and how they became part of Waunakee.
Watch the fascinating video including immigration stories from local residents.
Historic Waunakee Books in UW Digital Collections
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More tools for historical research
SCLS Databases (sign in with your library card):
Heritage Quest Online
Ancestry Library (in-library only)
Dane County Plat Maps:
(The village of Waunakee is located within Westport township)
- Westport Township 1861 (note Waunakee was not a village until 1871, but find "LESTER P.O." to see the area north of present-day Waunakee)
- Westport Township 1873 (click top left section to zoom in)
- Westport Township 1890
- Westport Township 1899
- Westport Township 1911 (see index for photographs of Dane county schoolhouses and list of merchants in 1911)
Free online books, articles and maps for the early history of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Images of America: Waunakee and Westport
A book in the Images of America series:
Waunakee and Westport by Katie Brenner
($21.99 at the library - Proceeds benefit the Friends of Waunakee Public Library.)