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The La Crosse Public Library Archives blog includes stories of our local history, updates on the materials in our collections, and information on upcoming events hosted by the Archives department.

— Jan 9, 2018

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

A look back at the stories we told in 2017, and a look ahead at the programs planned for 2018.

— Dec 15, 2017

Emma Cameron - Toast of the Northwest or Femme Fatale?

The first marriage in the young community of Prairie La Crosse occurred in 1846 between Peter and a woman who was called “the toast of the Northwest,” the beautiful Emma (Eastman) Kellogg Van Sickle Cunningham.

— Dec 4, 2017

Homegrown Weather

One of only 122 weather offices throughout the nation, La Crosse’s National Weather Service history has been as ever-changing and unpredictable as Mother Nature.

— Nov 16, 2017

Happy Farmer Tractors

About 100 years ago, La Crosse was a major source of happy farmers – Happy Farmer tractors, that is.

— Nov 2, 2017

Genealogy on the Internet Classes

The Archives Department is again presenting genealogy computer classes in the Main Library computer lab.

— Oct 17, 2017

2017 Dark La Crosse Radio Show

A new production of the popular Dark La Crosse Radio Show will open at the Pump House Regional Arts Center on October 26, 2017.

— Oct 10, 2017

Nellie Mann Opdale

Pastor to La Crosse’s Saints, Sinners and Suffragists

— Sep 22, 2017

Walter "Babe" Weigent

Coach Weigent's high expectations as well as his encouragement to “Get in the game [of life]!” helped him instill character while re-establishing a golden era of football for the Central Red Raiders.

— Sep 8, 2017

School Daze

When Logan school at Avon and Sill streets burned, work began on a replacement school at that same location.

— Aug 22, 2017

Footsteps of La Crosse Fall 2017 walking and bus tours

Join the La Crosse Public Library Archives for a series of tours highlighting historic and architecturally significant residences and buildings in La Crosse.

— Jul 26, 2017

Royal Norwegian Visitors

On the screen flickered a sleek Hiawatha train headed straight for the camera.

— Jul 18, 2017

Ghosts of Historic La Crosse Walking Tours

So fun and informative, it's scary!