Our Stories
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.

— Mar 3, 2021

An Early Automobile Saleswoman

In 1925, Dorothy Hofweber was touted in the local newspaper was being “one of the few women automobile merchants of the country.”

— Feb 16, 2021

The Segelke & Kohlhaus Manufacturing Company

The Segelke & Kohlhaus Manufacturing Company was a major manufacturing concern in downtown La Crosse for over 100 years.

— Feb 2, 2021

Vigilantes in La Crosse

One night in 1857, La Crosse was "overrun with scoundrels," as the local Committee on Vigilance took over the city, inciting a mob and setting fires.

— Jan 19, 2021

An Unappreciated Italianate Delight

James Vincent built a family home in 1884-85, but a family home with delightful details at 1024 Cass Street..

— Dec 8, 2020

Why Old is Green: January Program Series

Do you live in an old house or building in La Crosse? Join us on Thursdays this January to learn from experts in the field talk about topics such as historic preservation, environmental practices, and finding resources for common problems in old houses so you can live a more affordable and sustainable life.

— Nov 25, 2020

Digging into the Past - The LPL Archives Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Almost 100 years after the La Crosse Public Library opened its doors in November 1888, the Archives and Local History program began to serve the public in December of 1980.

— Nov 17, 2020

Looking Back (2020)

A look back at the local history stories and resources shared by the La Crosse Public Library Archives in 2020.

— Nov 9, 2020

Is it Odd or Even: The Alternate-Side Parking Issue

Approaching winter weather in La Crosse means…alternate-side overnight street parking! But what precipitated this contentious parking ordinance in La Crosse?

— Oct 28, 2020

Presidential Visits: Truman, Ford, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama

9 different U.S. Presidents have made a total of 11 official visits to La Crosse.

— Oct 13, 2020

The Cannon in Riverside Park

Today, the cannon serves as a multi-war memorial, but where did it come from and why is it in Riverside Park?

— Sep 29, 2020

Sawmills, Nails and Immigrants

In 1852 the first steam powered sawmill opened in La Crosse. To understand why that was so important to La Crosse we need to connect it to several other facts.

— Sep 15, 2020

Explore the Layered History of La Crosse

This September, LPLA is launching a History Club. Functioning similar to a book club, each month the club facilitators will announce two small activities that will explore our city's layered history.






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