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HUGE North Pole Spectacular on Display at History Room, Nov. 20-Jan. 13
The “North Pole Magic In Miniature” display features over 140 illuminated and/or animated miniature buildings from the personal collection of the late Joan Cook of Sparta...
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Free Public Program to Celebrate the History of the Former Sparta Masonic Temple Building
“100 Years A Landmark: Celebrating the History of the Former Sparta Masonic Temple Building,” a public program to be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 7pm the Monroe County Local History Room and Deke Slayton Museum, 200 West Main St...
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Sparta, Wis. Illustrated (1888)

From the cover: "Sparta Wis. Illustrated: The Health Resort of the Northwest, describing its romantic surroundings, its business advantages, its homes, its schools & churches, its hotels & resorts, and its celebrated magnetic mineral waters." Includes "Views in and around Sparta, Wis., giving a brief history of the city, and setting forth its advantages for manufacturing and as a place of residence, together with some account of its celebrated magnetic mineral water." By C.S. Ellsworth. Published in 1888. Soft cover booklet; 44 pages. Contents in excellent condition; only slight tear at top of spine. [Note: this a duplicate copy donated as a fundraiser]


Bank of Sparta 50th Anniversary New Concise Atlas of the World, 1908

Special Edition New Concise Atlas of the World produced with compliments of the Bank of Sparta, Sparta, Wisconsin at the time of its 50th Anniversary, 1908. Atlas published by Rand, McNally & Company. It includes world and state maps as well as a Monroe County map and large pull out colorized map of the City of Sparta. Also includes black and white photos, history, and general information about the Bank of Sparta. Softcover. Cover has some staining and edge wear. Cover and pull out map detached from binding. [Note: This is a duplicate copy sold as a fundraiser for the Local History Room.]



1912 “History of Monroe County, Wisconsin, Including an account of the Cities, Towns and Villages of the County” by Randolph A. Richards. This original 1912 history of Monroe County, Wisconsin, provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the county from the early years of European exploration and settlement. Topics covered include Indian tribes, the Black Hawk War, early settlement, railroads, newspapers, Monroe County residents in the Civil War and the Spanish American War, agriculture and dairying, banks, manufacturing and business, the legal and medical professions, civic and social organizations, businesses and industries, schools, and churches. Histories of the cities, towns, and villages of Sparta, Tomah, Cashton, Kendall, Wilton, Norwalk, Adrian, Angelo, Byron, Clifton, Glendale, Grant, Greenfield, Jefferson, La Grange, Lafayette, Leon, Lincoln, Little Falls, New Lyme, Oakdale, Portland, Ridgeville, Sheldon, Wells, Wellington, Wilton, and Scott are included, as are biographical sketches of county residents. Does include an index. Hard cover; 946 pages. Copy in very good condition; only slight binding and edge wear. [Note: this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser].



Book entitled "Service Record of Men and Women of Sparta, Wisconsin and Community, World War I and II." Features biographies and service histories for WWI and WWII veterans. Includes many black and white photographs of veterans and notable buildings in the Sparta area. Also includes a separate listing of Gold Star Boys as well as a full listing of men and women that were in service. Pages in good condition. Cover has edge wear. Hardcover, 102 pages. [Note: this item is a duplicate sold as a fundraiser.]


32d Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington, 1962

Yearbook for the 32nd Infantry Division's time training at Fort Lewis, Washington, 1961-1962. The 32nd was reactivated in 1961 following the Berlin Crisis and spent several months training at Fort Lewis to become a STRAC combat force. The book includes a brief history of the 32nd Division, information about the training that took place at Fort Lewis, and black and white photos of every member of the 32nd that participated. Pages in good condition. Binding loose at spine. Hardcover; slight edge-wear and staining. [Note: this a duplicate copy donated as a fundraiser]


Historical Souvenir Book, Sparta Wis. Centennial, 1851-1951

Published for Sparta's Centennial, this historic publication features a short history of Sparta, Program of Events, many local advertisements, and a photo of Miss Darlene Hutson, the Spartennial Queen. 32 pages; soft cover. Program in very good condition; cover a little mottled. [this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]


Sparta Incorporation City Centennial Book, 1883/1983

Published for Sparta's City Centennial in 1983, this publication features short historical articles and black and white photographs about Sparta churches, schools, businesses institutions, and notable individuals. A number of business advertisements are also included. 92 pages; soft cover. Book in very good condition. [Note: this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser.]


Tomah's 25 Years of Progress, 1927-1952

Supplement to the Tomah Journal and Monitor-Herald, Tomah, Wisconsin, May 18, 1953. Contains photographs, historical information, and newspaper extracts pertaining to Tomah businesses and residents from 1927-1952. Published in observance of L. W. Kenny's 25th anniversary as editor of the Tomah Journal and Monitor-Herald newspaper. Soft cover; cover worn and stained but pages in good condition. [Note: this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]


Tomah Volunteer Fire Department Centennial Book

Published for the Centennial of the Tomah Volunteer Fire Department in 1971, this publication features a history of the Fire Department, its members, and notable fires and disasters in the Tomah area. It also includes a number of black and white photos and local business advertisements. 88 pages; soft cover. Cover slightly worn but otherwise in very good condition. [Note: this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]


Soil Survey of Monroe County, WI Book

The Soil Survey of Monroe County, WI, book is a 206 page report of the soil types in Monroe Co. and includes 138 soil maps. Published in 1980 by the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Excellent condition. [this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser]


Monroe County Extension Homemakers: The First 50 Years, 1927-1977

History of the Monroe County Extension Homemakers published for their 50th Anniversary. Includes histories and group photos of the 40 different Homemaker Clubs in the County as the time of publication. 44 pages; soft cover. Binding in very good condition; cover slightly faded. [Note: this is an extra copy donated as a fundraiser.]


La Crosse Illustrated, 1887

Original, eight-part "La Crosse Illustrated, Historical, Picturesque, Descriptive" publication by the Art Publishing Company, 1887. Includes historical information about La Crosse and numerous black and white photos of La Crosse street scenes and notable buildings and landmarks. Cover has edge wear. Each of the eight parts is bound separately; some binding has become undone. Photos are in good condition and suitable for framing.