Local History

Historic Waunakee in PicturesHistoric Waunakee Photographs

We have over 1600 photos of historic Waunakee in our digital collection.



Waunakee Newspaper Archive 1896-2006

Click here to search Waunakee newspapers through NewspaperArchive.com.



Waunakee Walking Tour

Take a historic walking tour of Waunakee created by Waunakee High School students. To begin, click here.


Origins, Immigration, and CommunityWaunakee immigration stories video

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

Click to view full text:

Waunakee Centennial Book 1971
People Pleasing Recipes 1996


More tools for historical research

SCLS Databases (sign in with your library card):

Heritage Quest Online
Newspaper Archive
Ancestry Library (in-library only)


Dane County Plat Maps:

Dane County maps index

(The village of Waunakee is located within Westport township)

Envision the Past

Free online books, articles and maps for the early history of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Images of America: Waunakee and Westport

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.)