Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

News at MCLHR

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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Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

Support the Monroe County Local History Room

As a non-profit, educational institution, the Local History Room relies on the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations to operate our facility, fund our programs, and build our museum collections.

You, too, can play an important role in bringing Monroe County's past to life!

I'd like to financially support LHR
I'd like to donate artifacts, papers, or photographs
I'd like to make a planned gift (such as a bequest)

Supporting MCLHR Financially

The Local History Room is dedicated to connecting people to the past - through museum exhibits, genealogical resources, and educational programming. Financial support from people like you help make this all possible. The Local History Room uses no county tax dollars for general operations. Everything has to be raised annually through volunteer fund-raising, book sales, and folks just like you with your support dollar!

Your tax deductible contribution to LHR fuels our efforts to collect, preserve and interpret the rich cultural heritage of Monroe County. We will continue to safeguard the history of Monroe County with your annual financial support!

Donations entitle the donor to free annual membership in either organization: (choose one)

  • Monroe County Historical Society
  • Monroe, Juneau, Jackson Counties Genealogy Workshop
Donations of $300.00 or more entitle donor to be named on our Donor Wall Plaque.

All donations are tax deductible.

Click HERE to contribute online.

If you prefer to give by check, please print off a form and return it to:

Monroe County Local History Room
200 West Main St.
Sparta, WI 54656

Please make check payable to: "Local History Room".

Thank you for your support!

Donating Artifacts, papers, and photographs

Have you ever thought that grandmother's quilt belongs in a museum? Maybe it does. Have you ever wished that more people might enjoy the treasured heirloom handed down to you? Do you want piece of mind knowing that someone will care for and enjoy your ancestor's Civil War letters for generations to come? History was not meant to be buried in a basement or hidden in an attic. The past should be shared, not hoarded away.

The historical treasures housed at the Monroe County Local History Room were gifts donated by people like you.

To make an offer of Donation:
If you have a Monroe County item you think might be appropriate for our collections, please contact the County Historian at 608-269-8680 or Email

If you prefer to write please address you letter to:

County Historian
Local History Room
200 West Main St.
Sparta, WI 54656

The Monroe County Historian and Local History Room Board of Trustees must evaluate all items offered to the Local History Room before formally accepting them for our collection. The evaluation process can take up to two months to complete. The more information you are able to provide us on the history of the item, the faster we will be able to complete the evaluation process. Once we decide to add your item to our collection, we will send you a gift agreement to sign and return. This transfers ownership of the item to the Local History Room.


Planned Giving

Contribute to the Monroe County Local History Room's future by planning for a special kind of gift. Although cash contributions to the Local History Room are always appreciated, there are other creative and flexible options that can benefit you and the LHR. You can help ensure the Local History Room's future by creating a trust while you are living or by including the LHR in your will.

One easy way to include the Local History Room in your estate plan is to name the Monroe County Local History Room as a beneficiary of your donor advised fund, retirement plan, IRA, or life insurance policy. Doing so is as simple as filling out a beneficiary designation form from your plan provider or administrator.

To discuss these very special opportunities, contact the Local History Room.