La Crosse Public Library Archives Department


The La Crosse Public Library Archives is full of resources for anyone interested in the history of the La Crosse area, as well as anyone researching their ancestors. Archives staff are available to assist with any questions you may have.






The mission of the Archives and Local History Department of the La Crosse Public Library is to develop and promote a vital connection within the community between the past, present, and future by collecting, maintaining, and providing and promoting access to local historical and genealogical records.


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The Colonial Golf Club Took Flight in the 1930s

In 1931, Joseph and Mary Leidel bought land on rural Mormon Coulee Road and by June 1934, the Colonial Golf Club was open for business.

Neighbors Making History: Mary Eckel Ruplin - La Crosse's First Born?

Mary Eckel Ruplin’s story, and the story of the actual (we think) first child born in La Crosse, is a complicated tale involving two pioneer families in La Crosse history.

Historic Mueller Buildings Destroyed by Fire

Our community is grieving the loss of two historic buildings in downtown La Crosse from a devastating fire last month