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Genealogy Classes at History Room in March
Another round of genealogy classes at the Monroe County Local History Room will occur in March with “The Genealogist’s Toolkit Series: Making Ancestry...
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History Program at Local History Room about Sparta's Kathryn Clarenbach
History Program Thursday, March 9, 7pm: "Kathryn Clarenbach, Unsung Heroine: The Sparta native who built the foundation for the modern women’s movement right here in Wisconsin," by Jenny Price...
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Gravestone Cleaning Kit


Clean your ancestor’s gravestone the same way the professionals clean the White House, Gettysburg Monuments, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier! The Gravestone Cleaning Kit provides you everything you need to safely clean 1-2 gravestones. Algae, lichen, and fungi can obscure gravestone lettering and be hazardous to the stone itself. Removing this biological growth will make the stone last longer and easier to read. The Gravestone Cleaning Kit contains all of the proper tools necessary for cleaning gravestones safely and efficiently. Assembled by experienced gravestone cleaning professionals, this kit includes: D/2 Biocidal Cleaner, spray bottle, poly scrub brush, denture brush, plastic scraper, wood pick, and instructions. You just need to add water! Kit created by Save Your Stones, a professional, western Wisconsin-based gravestone cleaning company. Please note that the cleaning kit is not recommended for fragile gravestones. For gravestone cleaning questions or to hire Save Your Stones to clean your ancestor's gravestone for you, visit www.saveyourstones.com

$29.95

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Original painting of Sparta Ward School


Watercolor painting of the Sparta Ward School by Lorraine Strait, a Sparta resident who lived on Spring Street, Sparta, near the school. Nicely framed and matted. 23.5 x 18 inches. This item was donated to the Local History Room to sell as a fundraiser.

$150.00

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D/2 Gravestone Cleaner - Quart size


The ONLY gravestone cleaner trusted and used by the professionals! D/2 Biological Solution has been successfully used to clean millions of buildings and monuments. From the White House to Arlington Cemetery, D/2 is trusted to work and keep on working when results matter. D/2 Biological Solution is specially formulated to remove environmental pollution, dirt, and staining from biological soils such as mold, mildew, lichen, and algae from indoor and outdoor structures. D/2 is safe for stone and safe for you! Quart size cleans over a dozen standard-sized gravestones. Comes with cleaning instructions.

$19.95

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Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail: The Old Railroad Trail DVD


Made in 1967 to promote the Nation's first "rails-to-trails" bike trail, this color film takes the viewer on a nostalgic tour of the bike trail from Elroy to Sparta and all points in between. Includes stops in Wilton, Kendall, Norwalk, Tomah, Monroe County cranberry country, Mill Bluff State Park and Wildcat Mountain State Park. Railroad history buffs will appreciate catching glimpses of remnants of the former Chicago Northwestern Railroad that have long since disappeared. DVD. Approximate run time 15 minutes.



$12.50

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"Are You Ready? A Civil Defense Training Film" DVD


Are you ready for drama?…adventure?…thrills?…right in your own backyard? Then get ready for, “Are You Ready?” a 19 minute film created in 1972 that portrays real-life disasters as emergency response teams race to the rescue from Norwalk to Sparta to Tomah. Local officials manage the simulated chaos from their command center at the Monroe County Courthouse. Monroe County residents--young and old— comprise the cast of dozens. Created by Don Goodman for the Monroe County Office of Civil Defense in 1972 to demonstrate how to set up a Civil Defense operation in case of major emergency. This historic film was originally shot on 16 mm film but was transferred to DVD in 2008 in a preservation project sponsored by the Monroe County Local History Room. A listing of all local “actors” and shot locations is included with the DVD. Full color



$12.50

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"Celebrate Sparta" Double-Feature DVD


This "Celebrate Sparta" DVD features 2 nostalgic programs on 1 DVD. (1) “Sparta’s 100th Birthday Parade.” A 20 min. vintage film taken of the July 1951 Centennial Parade in Sparta. Enjoy the nostalgia as you view dozens of floats rolling down Water Street, each one sponsored by a local business or organization. This DVD includes bonus insert listing all parade entrants and special reprint of a Sparta newspaper article recapping the parade. Any fan of Sparta will enjoy this wonderfully preserved full color film available for the first time. (2) “The History of Sparta: A Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1851-2001,” is a video created by the Sparta Sesquicentennial Committee in 2001 in recognition of the city’s 150th birthday. Over 1 hour long, this historical retrospective of Sparta features memorable historic images and insightful commentary about Monroe County’s Seat. Full color.



$14.95

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Wegner Grotto "Glass Church" Postcard


A pictorial souvenir of the Wegner Grotto "Glass Church" - Monroe County's Grass-Roots Arts Site in brilliant color.

$0.50

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Wegner Grotto "Bremen Ocean Liner" Postcard


A pictorial souvenir of the Wegner Grotto "Bremen Ocean Liner" sculpture - Monroe County's Grass-Roots Arts Site in brilliant color.

$0.50

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St. Mary's Ridge Postcard


Postcard photograph of St. Mary's Ridge in Jefferson Township, Monroe County, Wisconsin. The photo, taken in 1957, was chosen personally by first lady Mrs. Lyndon "Ladybird" Johnson as a portrayal of "America the Beautiful" for the White House Conference on Natural Beauty. Both the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, built in 1897, and St. Mary's School can be seen in the photo. Excellent condition.

$3.00

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Sparta 18”x24” Historical Montage Print


Historic montage print of Sparta, WI, is a “Time Capsule In Art.” Artist Bruce Loeschen captures Sparta in a moment in time while referencing its past. Depicted on this 18”x 24” print are Sparta’s historic buildings and notable residents, sponsoring businesses, organizations, churches, and schools. The prints are on quality linen paper and are suitable for framing.

$10.00

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Monroe County Courthouse Centennial Commemorative Poster


Monroe County Courthouse Centennial Commemorative Poster: 1896-1996. Full-color, HUGE 18" x 38" poster commemorating the 100th birthday of the Sparta landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of Sparta's Historic Four Corners.

$2.00

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First Day Issue Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Collector's Envelope with Special Pictorial Cancellation


First Day Issue Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Collector's Envelope with Special Pictorial Cancellation! Attention stamp collectors! Check out this special envelope commemorating the official recognition of the WI State Sesquicentennial celebration in 1998. This envelope features a color drawing of the Historic Monroe Co. Courthouse on the left side, an unique "FIRST DAY ISSUE" post mark and the special pictorial cancellation, as well as two Wisconsin stamps featuring the farm landscape design.

$5.00

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Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Collector's Envelope with Special Pictorial Cancellation


Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Collector's Envelope with Special Pictorial Cancellation! Attention stamp collectors! Check out this special envelope commemorating the official recognition of the WI State Sesquicentennial celebration in 1998. This envelope features a color drawing of the Historic Monroe Co. Courthouse on the left side, as well as a cancelled Wisconsin stamp featuring the farm landscape design.

$2.00

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Stars And Stripes Commemorative Hot Plate


Commemorative hot plate featuring a full color rendition of "Betsy Ross and the First Stars and Stripes" by John Ward Dunsmore. Cork backing. 6 inches in diameter. Produced and sold for America's Bicentennial Celebration. SAVE when you purchase all three commemorative hot plates.

$2.00

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Sparta Centennial Mug


Own a piece of Sparta Centennial history. White coffee mug with green printing features portraits of Sparta founder William Petit (1851), Sparta Mayor Thomas Tyler (1883), and Sparta Mayor Thomas Gomez (1983). Mug was issued in 1983 in commemoration of Sparta's 100 year anniversary of becoming an incorporated city. A few of these mugs were recently found in storage and are for sale until they are gone!

$6.95

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Spirit of '76 Commemorative Hot Plate


Commemorative hot plate featuring a full color rendition of "The Spirit of '76" by A.M. Willard. Cork backing. 6 inches in diameter. Produced and sold for America's Bicentennial Celebration. SAVE when you purchase all three commemorative hot plates.

$2.00

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Washington Crossing the Delaware Commemorative Hot Plate


Commemorative hot plate featuring a full color rendition of "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze. Cork backing. 6 inches in diameter. Produced and sold for America's Bicentennial Celebration. SAVE when you purchase all three commemorative hot plates.

$2.00

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American Bicentennial Commemorative Hot Plate Set


SAVE when you purchase all three commemorative hot plates: Set includes "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze, "The Spirit of '76" by A.M. Willard, and "Betsy Ross and the First Stars and Stripes" by John Ward Dunsmore. Cork backing. 6 inches in diameter. Produced and sold for America's Bicentennial Celebration.

$5.00

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American Bicentennial Commemorative Mug


Ceramic American Bicentennial Commemorative Mug printed in patriotic colors.

$1.00

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Souvenir Spoon


A collectible commemorating Monroe County as the Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin. Silver plated souvenir spoon engraved "Wisconsin Cranberry Country." 4.25 inches long. [note: some tarnishing may be present]

$4.00

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Spirit of '76 Lapel Pin


Metal lapel pin shaped liked the Liberty Bell. 1/2 inch long.

$0.50

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Monroe County Souvenir Coin Set


Two-piece metal coin set commemorating Monroe County and our Nation's Bicentennial. Front depicts the Monroe County Courthouse. Each set is individually numbered and stamped. Come in protective, clear plastic sleeves. Coins 1.5 inches in diameter.

$1.00