Old Governor’s Mansion Soirée

|Oct. 17

Join us on October 17 from 6-8 p.m. for a fundraiser benefiting the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation so that we may continue promoting and supporting Madison’s historic places, neighborhoods and cultural history. We are very fortunate to be holding this event in the Old Governor’s Mansion, now the Governor’s Mansion Inn & Café, at 130 E. Gilman St., which was home to 17 Wisconsin governors from 1885 to 1950.

Enjoy an array of delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages while you mingle with guests, listen to music and learn more about the history of this gorgeous property.

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About Us

We believe that historic places are cultural resources and that their rehabilitation, restoration and preservation are vital to a sustainable approach to redevelopment of older parts of our community. We believe they are critical to cultivating a civic identity and sense of place. (Photo from Wisconsin Historical Society archives)

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Our Tours

Madison Trust preserves history through our seasonal walking tours, private tours and specialty tours. These tours showcase Madison’s historic architecture as well as our neighborhoods and illuminate the local history and heritage associated with them.



Tour participants in 2018

Join us on a tour! You’ll learn about architecture and the people who lived and worked in these historic, human-built structures.



Tours given in 2018

May through September trained volunteer docents led 32 walking tours through eight historic neighborhoods in Madison.



Years the tours have operated

Over the years our tours have shared our knowledge of the people and places that shaped Madison into what it is today.

What has made me happiest in my time with the Madison Trust is leading walking tours. My hope is that guests will get a new appreciation for the buildings that surround us. Every place has a story to tell and I’m glad to help those stories come alive.
— Michael Bridgeman, member and volunteer tour docent

Mansion Hill West Historic Architecture Walking Tour


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The Madison Trust values all of our amazing volunteers. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to offer many of our public programs such as the seasonal historic architecture walking tours. The ongoing support of patrons like you determines what the Trust is today and what it will be in years to come. We have a variety of ways for you to get involved.


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We value our members and recognize that their support sends a strong message that historic places matter!

Volunteer opportunities

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