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 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.

— Sep 8, 2017

School Daze

When Logan school at Avon and Sill streets burned, work began on a replacement school at that same location.

— Aug 22, 2017

Footsteps of La Crosse Fall 2017 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.

— Jul 26, 2017

Royal Norwegian Visitors

On the screen flickered a sleek Hiawatha train headed straight for the camera.

— Jul 18, 2017

Ghosts of Historic La Crosse Walking Tours

So fun and informative, it's scary!