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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.
(Written by Hannah Weber, Archives staff) While digital downloads and music streaming services continue to dominate as the most popular ways in which music is purchased and con…

Frohsinn Singing Society

Through much of the scrutiny and cultural pressure placed on German-Americans in Wisconsin during the First and Second World Wars, the Frohsinn Singing Society, a German-American singing group in La Crosse, met and raised their voices on high.
(written by Hannah L. Weber, Archives intern)   Frohsinn Singing Society, 1907; Nord Stern 50th Anniversary special issue, p. 77 As citizens of La Crosse, Wiscons…

Trumpeting Their Success

In 1956, West Salem band teacher Curtis Beers landed Rafael Mendez, considered one of the greatest trumpet players of all time, as a guest artist for a band concert.
(written by Bill Petersen, Archives staff) In 1956, West Salem band teacher Curtis Beers was concerned that there was a lack of public interest in band concerts that he and his…

Take a 'Walk' on the Dark Side

The Dark La Crosse Tour: Radio Show is coming soon to the Pump House Regional Arts Center.
(written by Anita Taylor Doering, Archives Staff) IF YOU GO WHAT:  Dark La Crosse Tour: The Radio Show WHERE: Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street WHEN: 7:…

Rock and Roll All Night

The bands that played “The Sawyer” were often on the cusp of making it big.
(written by Bill Petersen, Archives Staff) Growing up as a teenager in the 1970s in a small town near La Crosse, I still remember the excitement and anticipation upon hearin…