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.






Monday-Friday 9-4
Saturday 9-1
Sunday 1-5  


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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La Crosse's Radiant History

Within the last decade, many people have become familiar with the Radium Girls, the nearly forgotten story of the young women who worked for three of the biggest radium processing plants in the U.S. La Crosse also had industries and businesses that required working with the highly radioactive element.

Working Women: Domestic Servants in La Crosse

As long as there have been wealthy families in large homes, there have been domestic workers supporting them. In La Crosse, many young, single, Norwegian immigrants worked in domestic service.

Myrick Park: A Hidden Gem

Established in 1903 as one of the first public parks in the region, Myrick Park is a vibrant testament to the harmonious coexistence between urban life and natural beauty.