La Crosse Public Library Archives Department


The La Crosse Public Library Archives is full of resources for anyone interested in the history of the La Crosse area, as well as anyone researching their ancestors. Archives staff are available to assist with any questions you may have.





The La Crosse Public Library Archives is a department within the La Crosse Public Library.  The mission of the Archives Department is to develop and promote a vital historical connection within the community between the past, the present and future by collecting, maintaining, and providing and promoting access to the local historical record. The department focuses on two main themes, that of local history and genealogy.



Guilty Soldier on the Run

Joe Goins of Company F, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division might have been a great soldier if not for his incredibly short fuse.

Trumpeting Their Success

In 1956, West Salem band teacher Curtis Beers landed Rafael Mendez, considered one of the greatest trumpet players of all time, as a guest artist for a band concert.

Take a 'Walk' on the Dark Side

The Dark La Crosse Tour: Radio Show is coming soon to the Pump House Regional Arts Center.