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Looking Back (2019)

A look back at the stories we told in 2019.
Archives staff/interns put together a lot of great blog posts in 2019; please take a moment to check out these local history topics explored by clicking on the blog titles or phot…

West Salem's Veterans' Memorial Park

Originally called Waterloo Park, Veterans' Memorial Park was one of three original parks set aside by La Crosse County in 1907.
(written by Anita Doering, Archives Staff) Photograph thought to have taken by Sander Johnson, courtesy of Reeta Berg Originally called Waterloo Park, Veterans’ Memorial P…

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…