Do you remember the 21st night of September in Madison?

Do you remember the 21st night of September? The Wisconsin Historical Society does. Join on on a trip down memory lane to see what Madisonians from the past were up to this week throughout the years.

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Edgewood’s class of 1947 celebrates their 10-year reunion. | Photo via WHS - Image 98511

Earth, Wind & Fire once asked: “Do you rememebr the 21st night of September?” and it’s been stuck in our heads ever since.

Thursday, Sept. 21 is right around the corner, so we dug through the Wisconsin Historical Society’s archives to find some moments in time from some 21st nights of September over the years in Madison.

1946 | The Badgers bested Marquette 34-0 during an early fall football game 77 years ago. Fun fact: The Badgers have an impressive 34-4 record against Marquette, with the last face-off being on Oct. 1, 1960.

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UW would play Marquette just 14 more times after this 1946 match. | Photo via WHS - Image 45248

1949 | Members of the Youth Speakers’ Bureau brush up on their speeches. Their goal was to convince peers to support the Community Chest.

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Youth Speakers’ Bureau members John Vincent, Peggy Huiskamp, and Dick Cyr. | Photo via WHS - Image 61332

1950 | Patrolman Les Shore shows off his handcrafted display case for the Madison Police Department to hold its many awards.

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Many medals, and event some sports trophies are featured in the case. | Photo via WHS - Image 67139

1950 | The Madison Inter-Church Leadership Training School held a luncheon. Local religious leaders from Christ Presbyterian Church, Luther Memorial Church, and Temple Beth El were in attendance.

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The teaching staff of the Madison Inter-Church Leadership Training School. | Photo by WHS - Image 67136

1954 | The Wisconsin State Journal held a publicity workshop where Helen Matheson — the Sunday editor — presented her publicity handbook to attendees.

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Helen Matheson shows her handbook to president of the Eagles’ Ladies Auxiliary. | Photo via WHS - Image 88757

1954 | In the Sunset Hills neighborhood, members of Madison’s League of Women Voters gathered at 2805 Ridge Rd. as part of their benefit tour. This would be 17 years before the group merged with Middleton’s league to become what we know today as the League of Women Voters of Dane County.

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Frances Hurst visiting Virginia Dymond, members of the League of Women Voters in 1954. | Photo via WHS - Image 88767

1957 | Edgewood High School’s class of 1947 gathered for their ten-year reunion. Class officers include Mary Lang, Sam Prestigiacomo, and Mary Gene Heller. Photo at top of the article.

1958 | The Wisconsin State Journal took a tour of Conrad A. Elvehjem’s home. The UW-Madison president lived at the Olin House which has been the university’s “White House” since 1925. It still stands today in the University Heights neighborhood at 130 N. Prospect Ave.

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Constance, wife of UW-Madison’s president Conrad A. Elvehjem in 1958. | Photo by WHS - Image 141076

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