Hope to see you at our Vernon County Fair booth this week! The Vernon County Historical Society’s booth is located inside the expo building. Stop by to pick up brochures (including the new Viroqua walking tours), look through sample pages of our forthcoming country schools book and purchase raffle tickets. And of course, play our Vernon County history quiz to win a piece of candy.

How hard is the history quiz? you are asking. Well, we have questions for all ages. Questions for adults include this one: Who was the Civil War soldier from De Soto who captured a confederate flag at Gettysburg – (a) Francis Wallar, (b) Jeremiah Rusk or (c) Cyrus Butt? The answer is (a) Francis Wallar. Jeremiah Rusk and Cyrus Butt both served in the Civil War, but neither was from De Soto and neither captured a rebel flag.

We also have questions for teenagers, such as naming three rivers found in Vernon County. The answers include Bad Axe, Kickapoo, Mississippi, Baraboo and Pine. And we have questions for children: The Horse and Colt Show is held in which village in Vernon County? Viola. We give hints, and somehow everyone ends up with a prize.

The date for this month’s genealogy class has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 28. The class will start at 10 a.m. in the museum’s conference room. Guest teacher Liv Marit Haakenstad will present a program about Norwegian genealogy. She is a genealogist, historian and author from Hamar, Norway, who will be visiting the U.S. for a few weeks. New students are welcome to attend the class. More details next week.

The museum is now on its autumn hours. During September and October, the museum will be open Monday through Friday, noon-4 p.m.

The Vernon County Museum, 410 S. Center Ave., Viroqua, can be reached at 608-637-7396 or museum@vernoncountyhistory.org.


Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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