Aimee Hackbarth

Aimee Hackbarth

La Crosse County Library’s popular adult program series, “Floyde’s Senior Moments” is returning for a summer session!

Starting July 11 and running through Aug. 1, you are invited to attend any or all of our four “over 50” events. Come and listen to our wonderful speakers as they talk about local history and traditions, geographical landmarks and other interesting topics. These fun, informative programs take place at our Onalaska Library every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and last about an hour. Refreshments will be served.

On July 11 our kickoff speaker, La Crescent teacher and author John Steffes, will talk about the historic Armistice Day Blizzard. This ferocious and deadly blizzard occurred in November, 1940.

As the day of the storm was unseasonably warm, it was very unexpected. Many, including a great number of duck hunters taking advantage of the warm day, were trapped and in need of rescue.

John Steffes’s book “Wings in the Wind” was based on his father’s frightening experience that day.

We will be hosting local historian, Kevin Alderson, on July 18. He will share his knowledge about the early African American settlers in Vernon County. The cultural and historical significance of this settlement, Cheyenne Valley, as well as the accomplishments of these settlers will be explored.

North of Sparta stands a beautiful, sparkling sculpture built of concrete and shards of glass. July 25, Norma Schmig, will be here to talk about this landmark, The Wegner Grotto. The history and her familial connection to the Grotto, affectionately known as The Glass Church, will be discussed.

At our final summer event on Aug. 1 , we will be joined by River Valley Raptors and Falcons of the Driftless. Learn about these incredible native birds and how we can help with their conservation. Don’t forget your camera, as there will be live raptors!

We look forward to seeing you at these educational, fun and free programs generously funded by the Ben C. Sias and Floyde J. Sias Library Trust Fund.

For more information about any of our services, please check out our website at lacrossecountylibrary.org or visit us at our locations in Bangor, Holmen, Campbell, Onalaska and West Salem.

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Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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