Tuesday afternoon, I attended a Founders' Day celebration at Tripp Commons in the Memorial Union. Founders' Day celebrates the birthday of the University of Wisconsin on February 6, 1849. On that date, 159 years ago, the first University of Wisconsin classes were held in a building on Wisconsin Avenue that had previously housed the Madison Female Academy.
A few years later, in 1858, that building on Wisconsin Avenue was sold to the Madison School Board. It became the first permanent home to Madison [Central] High School. If you'd like to read more about this year's Founders' Day celebration and see a drawing of the Madison Female Academy building, check out this post on my "Something else to do..." blog.
There's also another "Central connection" to Founders' Day: Walter Frautschi, editor of the 1920 Tychoberahn, was president of the University of Wisconsin Class of 1924 and helped to organize the first Madison celebration of Founder's Day 84 years ago.
Complete set (1924-1926) online at Dane County Historical Society
Accessing The Madison Mirror online at the DCHS
Before you click on over to the DCHS site to view the online versions of The Madison Mirror, a few words of advice/wisdom/caution:
(1) The link in the middle of the "I Remember Madison Central High" page for title "Read The Madison Mirror" doesn't work; use the one in the sidebar ("View The Madison Mirror") instead.
(2) When you click on the "View The Madison Mirror" link, you'll reach a 32-page PDF document with a list of links to the issues of The Madison Mirror in chronological order. This means you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Most people do, but if you don't have it, you'll have to install it. Use this link to Adobe for a free download (and uncheck the box for the free eBay Desktop before you start to save space on your hard drive).
(3) BE VERY CAREFUL: Many of the PDF files for individual issues of The Madison Mirror are HUGE. I've found some that are 12 MG. If you're still using a dial-up connect, you probably don't want to try to access any of these PDFs because it will take too long to open them. Even if you have a high-speed connection, you may find that you're unable to open some issues because of the size. Trying to do so may tie up your browser. Note: It's not just me (and I have DSL). Some other alumni have also been trying to open issues of particular interest to them and reported to me that they couldn't.