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[La Crosse] History Club | La Crosse Public Library Archives

Monthly event, see schedule and register for meetings here.

Functioning like a book club, each month the club facilitators will announce two small activities that will explore the layered history of La Crosse. On the last Sunday of each month, there will be a virtual meeting to allow attendees to discuss the activities they participated in.


La Crosse Area Heritage Center Opens to the Public November 17 | 506 Main St., La Crosse

Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm | Admission: $5/adult; $4/student; members are free.

Experience the surprising connections between our past, our present, and each other. The La Crosse Area Heritage Center provides unique opportunities for visitors to discover the astounding stories of all who came before. Read more about the museum and COVID-19 precautions here.


Archaeological Examination of the War Eagle Shipwreck | La Crosse County Historical Society

May 13, 2021, 7pm via Zoom

Event is free, but advance registration is required at www.lchshistory.org.


Scattered along the bottom of the Black River, near the north end of Riverside Park, in the city of La Crosse lie the remains of the sidewheel steamboat War Eagle. On May 15, 1870, War Eagle caught fire while loading cargo at La Crosse. The fire quickly spread to neighboring vessels and structures on land, creating a conflagration that destroyed the War Eagle, the barge Webb, and the depot. The burning vessels were released into the center of the river where they burned to the waterline and sank below the surface. Several periods of archaeological work on the site have also taken place. In April 2018, with funding from Elizabeth Uihlein of the U-Line Corporation, Wisconsin Historical Society maritime archaeologists partnered with Crossmon Consulting to document the site using remote sensing technology that produced a detailed sonar image of the War Eagle shipwreck site in its entirety. This latest project, along with additional historical research, allowed the site to be listed to the National Register of Historic Places. Join Wisconsin Historical Society’s maritime archaeologist, Tamara Thomsen for a presentation to discuss the 2018 survey of the War Eagle and its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Tamara Thomsen is a Maritime Archaeologist with Wisconsin Historical Society's Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program. Her research has resulted in the nomination of fifty-seven submerged sites to the National Register of Historic Places. She has received awards from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame. Tamara has worked as a photographer, researcher, and research diver on projects including the USS Monitor with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and RMS Titanic with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


The Toys We Love Exhibit Opens November 19 | Monroe County Local History Room

Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-4pm,by reservation | Admission is free

This exhibit features top toys from the 1940s-1990s, as chosen by Monroe County residents. Exhibit runs through October 2021. Read more here.



Ongoing La Crosse Public Library outreach and programs