History Club Activities

Next activity announced Friday, November 6, 2020.

October 16, 2020

In 1960, as planning was underway for the first Oktoberfest celebration, supporters often referenced a community festival from the 1920s: the Winter Carnival.  Oktoberfest planners saw themselves restoring the kind of community festival that they thought the Winter Carnival had once been. But what exactly was the Winter Carnival? According to a calendar of events … Continue reading October 16, 2020

October 2, 2020

Background Often, when people think about the origins of Oktoberfest in La Crosse, they associate it with our community’s culture and heritage. However, when Oktoberfest was first celebrated in October of 1961, it was designed specifically to bring in revenue to the city and the Heileman Brewery. The official La Crosse Oktoberfest website claims that … Continue reading October 2, 2020

September 18, 2020

For September’s second History Club activity, we are going to continue our theme of searching for evidence of our city’s layered history through traces. This time, we invite you to flip through a architecture history tour of the Cass & 10th Street neighborhood, which is presented as a scavenger hunt to introduce you to architecture … Continue reading September 18, 2020

September 4, 2020

As we launch the [La Crosse] History Club, our first activity invites you to take a closer look at the traces* of local history we often take for granted as we go about our daily lives.  Earlier generations made their mark (sometimes quite literally!) on the buildings, public spaces, community, and environment we live in.  … Continue reading September 4, 2020