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La Crosse and the Great War

Stories of La Crosse citizens taking up different roles for the war effort during World War I are recorded and expressed in the collections held at the La Crosse Public Library Archives.
(written by Hannah Weber, Archives staff) April 6, 2017 marks 100 years since Congress voted to declare war on Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, cueing the United States…

A Personal Window into History

Peer into the past with La Crosse Public Library Archives’ new acquisition, the diary of civil war veteran Simeon L. Downer.
(written by Cole Nelson, Archives intern) It seems that very often, archival research is done through impersonal public documents, scattered clippings from publications, and (i…

The Penultimate Voyage

A La Crosse couple, John and Jesse Tulloch, sailed on the Lusitania from Liverpool to New York on what was to be the last successful voyage for the ill-fated ship that would play a critical role in bringing the United States into World War I.
(written by Bill Petersen, Archives Staff) On May 7, 1915 the British passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20 off the coast of Ireland.  A …