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.

— Jun 9, 2021

Burns Park: A Community Legacy

Timothy Burns, a native of Dublin, Ireland, was an important figure in La Crosse's early development. Despite his early death at age 33, his contributions are memorialized in the naming of Burns Park.

— May 25, 2021

La Crosse's Struggle for Safe Water

The city’s first waterworks was designed mainly for fire protection.

— May 10, 2021

Prosper Steves and Loretto the Cork Woman

Prosper Steves, flower seller and creator of the fountains and landscaping in Oak Grove Cemetery, is one of the many lesser-known early La Crosse pioneers.

— Apr 27, 2021

Historic La Crosse Fire Stations

Take a photo journey through past and present fire stations.

— Apr 12, 2021

1947 Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hotel Stoddard

In 1946, Black delegates traveled to La Crosse from all over the Midwest to attend a labor union conference. They stayed at the Stoddard Hotel, where they experienced racial discrimination. In a 1947 court case, one of these Black delegates, James Tate, won $25 in damages against Hotel Stoddard.

— Mar 29, 2021

Trane Company and the Nuclear Age

During World War II, the Trane Company switched from the manufacture of U. S. residential, commercial and industrial heating and cooling systems to wartime production thanks to local women joining the workforce and filling the jobs left open when men left to join the war effort.

— Mar 3, 2021

An Early Automobile Saleswoman

In 1925, Dorothy Hofweber was touted in the local newspaper was being “one of the few women automobile merchants of the country.”

— Feb 16, 2021

The Segelke & Kohlhaus Manufacturing Company

The Segelke & Kohlhaus Manufacturing Company was a major manufacturing concern in downtown La Crosse for over 100 years.

— Feb 2, 2021

Vigilantes in La Crosse

One night in 1857, La Crosse was "overrun with scoundrels," as the local Committee on Vigilance took over the city, inciting a mob and setting fires.

— Jan 19, 2021

An Unappreciated Italianate Delight

James Vincent built a family home in 1884-85, but a family home with delightful details at 1024 Cass Street..

— Dec 8, 2020

Why Old is Green: January Program Series

Do you live in an old house or building in La Crosse? Join us on Thursdays this January to learn from experts in the field talk about topics such as historic preservation, environmental practices, and finding resources for common problems in old houses so you can live a more affordable and sustainable life.

— Nov 25, 2020

Digging into the Past - The LPL Archives Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Almost 100 years after the La Crosse Public Library opened its doors in November 1888, the Archives and Local History program began to serve the public in December of 1980.






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