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Find Your Place 100+ Years Ago with Sanborn Maps Online

One of the best tools researchers have to help understand city development are maps made by insurance companies in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.
(written by David Kranz, Archives staff) Sometimes it can be hard to imagine just what a building, street, or neighborhood looked like a century ago. Historic photos are great,… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/find-your-place-100-years-ago-with-sanborn-maps-online/

Stoddard Hotel was a Show Place

Built in the Elizabethan-Corinthian style, The Stoddard was then the only fireproof hotel in the state when it opened in 1904.
(Anita Taylor Doering, Archives Staff, and Carole Mullen, Archives Volunteer) Many “old timers” remember the Stoddard Hotel.  It was built to be THE premier hotel in La Crosse … https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/stoddard-hotel-was-a-show-place/

Sandbaggers' Ball

In the spring of 1965, the city of La Crosse hosted the Sandbaggers’ Ball, an event to thank the young people of the city for all their help rendered during the terrible flood that year.
(written by Bill Petersen, Archives staff) A “sandbagger’s ball” might be a phrase used on the golf course to describe the golf ball of a person who lies about their handicap t… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/sandbaggers-ball/

La Crosse Tribune Buildings Through the Years

The La Crosse Tribune has called four downtown buildings home over the course of its 110 years in operation.
(written by Scott Brouwer, Archives staff) The La Crosse Tribune has called four downtown buildings home over the course of its 110 years in operation.  It began in 1904 on the… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/la-crosse-tribune-buildings-through-the-years/

La Crosse Woman Would Have Been the First Mary Kay

Ruth Johnson Maurer, wife of Dr. Albert A Maurer, first started making face powders and creams in the basement of their home in 1903.
(written by Megan, Archives staff) When Ruth Johnson Maurer, wife of Dr. Albert A Maurer, first started making face powders and creams in the basement of their home in 1903 she… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/la-crosse-woman-would-have-been-the-first-mary-kay/

Marsh Masque

Nearly one century ago, on a June evening in 1915, a crowd of 1,000 people attended an outdoor pageant at Myrick Park titled “The Masque of Marsh and River.”
(written by David Kranz, Archives Staff) People of La Crosse have long celebrated our area’s natural beauty. Some have been moved to celebrate it in art – in paintings, photos… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/marsh-masque/

Footsteps of La Crosse Fall 2014 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.
 (written by Scott Brouwer, Archives staff) Join the La Crosse Public Library Archives for a series of tours highlighting historic and architecturally significant residences and… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/footsteps-of-la-crosse-2014-walking-and-bus-tours/

Amundsen Visits the South Pole... and La Crosse

On February 9, 1913, Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer credited with leading the first expedition to reach the South Pole, gave two lectures at the La Crosse Theatre.
(Written by Bill Petersen, Archives staff) On February 9, 1913, Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer credited with leading the first expedition to reach the South Pole, ga… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/amundsen-visits-the-south-pole...-and-la-crosse/

Very Early La Crosse Church Building Still Standing

One of the earliest buildings to be built in La Crosse was a community hall that was also shared by Congregationalist and Baptist (organized in 1852) churches.
(Written by Megan of the Archives Staff)     German Baptist Church 726 S. 7th St.   One of the earliest buildings to be built in La Crosse was a community hall th… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/very-early-la-crosse-church-building-still-standing/

Refreshing Beverage, Anyone?

We have antique bottles from some of La Crosse’s breweries and soda bottling companies on display through July 2014 at the LPL Archives.
(written by David Kranz, Archives Staff) La Crosse has a rich history of brewing – more than 15 breweries have tried to make a go of it here since the mid-1850s, some achieving… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/refreshing-beverage-anyone/

Trane Tea Room Hosted La Crosse Society

The Trane Family, a close-knit group, catered to La Crosse's genteel society for over 25 years.
(written by Anita Doering, Archives Staff) The Trane Tea Room was located at 205 So. 7th Street in La Crosse from 1931-1950 Recently the Archives received a wonderful essa… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/trane-tea-room-hosted-la-crosse-society/

1948 Washburn-Onalaska Quizdown

In October of 1948, a new quiz show designed for area students in grades four, five, and six hit the airwaves of WKTY radio.
(written by Bill Petersen, Archives staff) In October of 1948, a new quiz show designed for area students in grades four, five, and six hit the airwaves of WKTY radio. The show… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/1948-washburn-onalaska-quizdown/

Middle School Students Win Washburn Awards

On Sunday, May 18, six area middle school students were awarded prizes for their quality research projects submitted to the La Crosse Public Library's annual Washburn Awards.
(written by Anita Doering, Archives Staff) On Sunday, May 18, six area middle school students were awarded prizes for their quality research projects submitted to the La Crosse… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/middle-school-students-win-washburn-awards/

Footsteps of La Crosse Spring 2014 Walking Tours

Join the La Crosse Public Library for a series of tours highlighting historic and architecturally significant residences and buildings in La Crosse.
(written by Scott Brouwer, Archives staff) Join the La Crosse Public Library for a series of tours highlighting historic and architecturally significant residences and buildings … https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/footsteps-of-la-crosse-spring-2014-walking-tours/

A Personal Window into History

Peer into the past with La Crosse Public Library Archives’ new acquisition, the diary of civil war veteran Simeon L. Downer.
(written by Cole Nelson, Archives intern) It seems that very often, archival research is done through impersonal public documents, scattered clippings from publications, and (i… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/a-personal-window-into-history/

The Penultimate Voyage

A La Crosse couple, John and Jesse Tulloch, sailed on the Lusitania from Liverpool to New York on what was to be the last successful voyage for the ill-fated ship that would play a critical role in bringing the United States into World War I.
(written by Bill Petersen, Archives Staff) On May 7, 1915 the British passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-20 off the coast of Ireland.  A … https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/the-penultimate-voyage/

La Crosse Company Started Out Making Rubber Horseshoe Covers

On December 28, 1896, a group of La Crosse businessmen met to form a company to produce rubber goods such as carriage covers, coats, suits, and horseshoe covers.
(written by Megan of the Archives Staff) On December 28, 1896, a group of La Crosse businessmen met to form a company to produce rubber goods such as carriage covers, coats, sui… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/la-crosse-company-started-out-making-rubber-horseshoe-covers/

Find a Bit of Outdoors in the LPL Archives

Two plant collections, or herbariums, created in the 1890s were donated to the La Crosse Public Library Archives. Yes, plant collections!
(Written by David Kranz, Archives staff) As we in La Crosse endure yet another stretch of cold winter weather, our thoughts turn even more toward the relief and warmth promised… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/find-a-bit-of-outdoors-in-the-lpl-archives/

A Century of Growing in the City

You may have read of the exciting new Hillview Urban Agricultural Center soon to be built on the Western Technical College campus.
(written by Cole Nelson, Archives Intern) You may have read of the exciting new greenhouse facilities soon to be built on the Western Technical College campus. This facility, w… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/a-century-of-growing-in-the-city/

Over Fifty Years of Skiing

Mount La Crosse Ski Area has served the Coulee Region with downhill skiing for over fifty years.
(written by Anita Doering, Archives Staff) While we hear from our friends in Norway and Finland that their winter has been warm and rather lacking in snow accumulations, La Cro… https://archives.lacrosselibrary.org/blog/over-fifty-years-of-skiing/

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