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.

— Mar 17, 2018

First Presbyterian Church

The first Presbyterian service in La Crosse was held in May of 1866 and the First Presbyterian Church formally organized on August 23, 1866.

— Mar 1, 2018

Genealogy on the Internet classes 2018

Join us for two new genealogy classes this month.

— Feb 8, 2018

Mother Nature: Setting Records in La Crosse

Thanks to the detailed documentation by the National Weather Service here in La Crosse, we can easily determine extreme weather records.

— Jan 26, 2018

The Octagonal Mystery

What was it? Who built it? Why was it built? When was it built? Why was this odd building never mentioned La Crosse architecture histories in the last century and a half?

— Jan 9, 2018

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

A look back at the stories we told in 2017, and a look ahead at the programs planned for 2018.

— Dec 15, 2017

Emma Cameron - Toast of the Northwest or Femme Fatale?

The first marriage in the young community of Prairie La Crosse occurred in 1846 between Peter and a woman who was called “the toast of the Northwest,” the beautiful Emma (Eastman) Kellogg Van Sickle Cunningham.

— Dec 4, 2017

Homegrown Weather

One of only 122 weather offices throughout the nation, La Crosse’s National Weather Service history has been as ever-changing and unpredictable as Mother Nature.

— Nov 16, 2017

Happy Farmer Tractors

About 100 years ago, La Crosse was a major source of happy farmers – Happy Farmer tractors, that is.

— Nov 2, 2017

Genealogy on the Internet Classes

The Archives Department is again presenting genealogy computer classes in the Main Library computer lab.

— Oct 17, 2017

2017 Dark La Crosse Radio Show

A new production of the popular Dark La Crosse Radio Show will open at the Pump House Regional Arts Center on October 26, 2017.

— Oct 10, 2017

Nellie Mann Opdale

Pastor to La Crosse’s Saints, Sinners and Suffragists

— Sep 22, 2017

Walter "Babe" Weigent

Coach Weigent's high expectations as well as his encouragement to “Get in the game [of life]!” helped him instill character while re-establishing a golden era of football for the Central Red Raiders.