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History of Camp McCoy’s WWII Expansion, 7pm Thursday, May 11
Ryan Howell, Garrison Archaeologist and Historian, Fort McCoy, WI -US Army Installation, will present on the history of the 1942 expansion of what was then Camp McCoy from the pre-WWII 9,000 acres of “Old South Post” to the modern installation of 60,000 acres...
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MCHS Spring Craft Show March 11 - in Sparta!
The Monroe County Historical Society (MCHS) is hopping back over to Sparta for their 94th Annual Spring Art/Crafts and Country Gift Show, to be held Saturday March 11, 2023 from 8:30am - 3:30pm...
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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.]



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.