Our Stories
The La Crosse Public Library Archives blog includes stories of our local history, updates on the materials in our collections, and information on upcoming events hosted by the Archives department.

— Jan 16, 2017

Where was the First Shopping Center in La Crosse?

With the unprecedented explosion of young families in La Crosse following World War II, Clarence B. Smith envisioned growth and planned the first shopping center.

— Dec 21, 2016

Wilma's Beauty Salon

Wilma Peters owned and operated Wilma's Beauty Salon for over 40 years in downtown La Crosse.

— Dec 2, 2016

Vinyl Preservation (Like a Record)

Within the past 10 years, vinyl record sales have seen a resurgence. Here are some guidelines on best practices for preserving your vinyl collection.

— Nov 19, 2016

The Leona

Leona Linker was a leader in women's fashion and has the patent to prove it.

— Nov 9, 2016

Shining Light on the Catholic Cemetery Chapel

The Chapel of the Blessed Virgin of the Seven Dolors (or Sorrows), located in the Catholic Cemetery east of Losey Boulevard, is one of many features of interest in La Crosse cemeteries.

— Oct 18, 2016

The Return of the Dark La Crosse Radio Show

The La Crosse Public Library Archives is pleased to announce another “Dark La Crosse Radio Show” featuring ALL NEW STORIES highlighting the seedier side of La Crosse’s rich cultural history.

— Sep 28, 2016

Gertrude Salzer Gordon, Philanthropist

While today La Crosse citizens may not be able to recognize Gordon by name, the numerous organizations she funded and supported are sure to be recognized and will live on into the next century.

— Sep 8, 2016

How Old Is...?

Ever see an older building and wonder about its history?

— Aug 25, 2016

The North White Way

On September 3, 1915, thousands of people turned out on the North Side to “see the light” for the very first time.

— Aug 3, 2016

Road Trip to La Crosse...Through Time

Horse and buggy days were tough for long travel in La Crosse.

— Jul 14, 2016

Footsteps of La Crosse Fall 2016 walking and bus tours

Join the La Crosse Public Library Archives for a series of tours highlighting historic and architecturally significant residences and buildings in La Crosse.

— Jun 30, 2016

Parades! Picnics! Flags! Fireworks! La Crosse Celebrates the 4th of July

La Crosse has been celebrating the birthday of America since 1846.