La Crosse Public Library Archives Department


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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.

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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.

Got local records of an organization? Share them with us! Ask us about a donation for present and future generations.

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La Crosse Tribune Buildings Through the Years

The La Crosse Tribune has called four downtown buildings home over the course of its 110 years in operation.

La Crosse Woman Would Have Been the First Mary Kay

Ruth Johnson Maurer, wife of Dr. Albert A Maurer, first started making face powders and creams in the basement of their home in 1903.

Marsh Masque

Nearly one century ago, on a June evening in 1915, a crowd of 1,000 people attended an outdoor pageant at Myrick Park titled “The Masque of Marsh and River.”