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.





Obtain your own copy of the 2018 Dark La Crosse Show taped from the stage at the historic Pump House Regional Arts Center. 

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.


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Looking Back at 1969

Even as it was happening, 1969 was recognized as a seminal year in American history and that has only become more true as we’ve gotten farther away from it.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, a historic La Crosse congregation, is planning to close its doors on August 25, 2019.

The Heart of Downtown, La Crosse

Explore how one intersection has changed over time: known as the Heart of Downtown, 3rd & Main.