Monroe County Local History Room & Museum
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News at MCLHR

Monroe County Puzzles Now Available
We're excited to announce the newest items in our Gift Shop: jigsaw puzzles featuring photographs and artifacts from our collection! Puzzle varieties include "Postcards of the Past", "1915 Monroe County Plat Map", and "Monroe County Business Premiums...
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MCHS SPRING CRAFT SHOW MARCH 13 IN TOMAH
The 92nd Monroe County Historical Society Craft Show will be held Saturday, March 13 at two hotels in Tomah: the Best Western and Cranberry County Lodge convention centers...
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Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

The Wisconsin Child Center / State School For Dependent & Neglected Children

The Wisconsin Child Center operated in Sparta, Wisconsin, from 1885 to 1976. Originally named the "State Public School for Dependant and Neglected Children," the Child Center was a significant institution to Sparta, Monroe County, and to the thousands of people who lived and worked there during its 89 years of operation. The Local History Room often receives queries for Child Center history and questions about obtaining the records of children who once lived there. These topics and more are addressed on the web pages below.

Obtaining Records

Share Your Memories (Former Attendees & Staff)

Images of the Child Center

History of the Child Center
(Created by Ms. Joanne Hagen's Fifth Grade Class,
Meadowview Intermediate School, Sparta WI)

State School Inmate Index: 1900-1930