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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 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.

— Nov 17, 2020

Looking Back (2020)

A look back at the local history stories and resources shared by the La Crosse Public Library Archives in 2020.

— Nov 9, 2020

Is it Odd or Even: The Alternate-Side Parking Issue

Approaching winter weather in La Crosse means…alternate-side overnight street parking! But what precipitated this contentious parking ordinance in La Crosse?

— Oct 28, 2020

Presidential Visits: Truman, Ford, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama

9 different U.S. Presidents have made a total of 11 official visits to La Crosse.

— Oct 13, 2020

The Cannon in Riverside Park

Today, the cannon serves as a multi-war memorial, but where did it come from and why is it in Riverside Park?

— Sep 29, 2020

Sawmills, Nails and Immigrants

In 1852 the first steam powered sawmill opened in La Crosse. To understand why that was so important to La Crosse we need to connect it to several other facts.

— Sep 15, 2020

Explore the Layered History of La Crosse

This September, LPLA is launching a History Club. Functioning similar to a book club, each month the club facilitators will announce two small activities that will explore our city's layered history.

— Sep 1, 2020

The Green Bay & Western Railroad Legacy

Behind the scenes deals were already in place between the Green Bay railroad and the Chicago and Northwestern, arch rival of the CM&StP, to form a partnership as a way for both lines to get into La Crosse and cross over the existing railroad tracks.

— Aug 18, 2020

LPL Archives' Hidden Treasures: Using La Crosse History Unbound

In collaboration with the UWL Murphy Library Special Collections & Area Research Center, the La Crosse Public Library Archives has launched an upgraded version of the La Crosse History Unbound site, which has new resources and features to help researchers.

— Aug 4, 2020

Presidential Visits: William Howard Taft in 1909

President William Howard Taft’s visit on September 17, 1909 had a local connection and a specific purpose – his Yale classmate and La Crosse civic leader George W. Burton invited him here to dedicate the city’s new YMCA building at Seventh and Main Streets.






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