History buffs with a passion for public speaking are invited to step back in time this summer, guiding community members on a trip through the Coulee Region of yesteryear.
The La Crosse County Historical Society is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to lead the many locals and tourists who visit the Hixon House Museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day, in addition to people to serve as bus guides on historic trolley tours offered from June through October.
"You get to be an ambassador to your city and meet interesting individuals from truly all over the world," said Peggy Derrick, executive director for the La Crosse County Historical Society. "It's an opportunity to learn all about your hometown.
A flair for theatrics is optional, with volunteers welcome, but not required, to borrow traditional period clothing to help get into character. Scripts will be provided, packed with stories and facts illustrating the social and cultural history of La Crosse from the late 1800s through early 1900s.
Trolley tours include stops at 22 locations, including iconic local businesses and influential homes, such as the 1876 brick home of Gottlieb and Johanna Heileman on Third Street.
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The Hixon House, erected in 1859 by lumber baron Gideon Hixon, is filled with almost entirely original furnishings and holds the rich history of one of La Crosse's founding families.
Those interested in lending their voices and guidance during tours of the Hixon House Museum are invited to attend an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the home's 429 N. Seventh St. location. Those looking to serve as trolley tour guides may call the La Crosse County Historical Society at 608-782-1980 for more information.
The Hixon House is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and older and $6 for students.
From Tribune files: Things That Matter in La Crosse County history
Each week, the La Crosse Historical Society tell us about an important item in local history. Here's a look back at the Things That Matter so far this year.
In 1914, La Crosse was home to Wisconsin’s and one of the nation’s first meatpacking cooperatives.
Eighty years ago, on Sept. 23, 1939, the $1.5 million Cass Street Bridge over the Mississippi River at La Crosse was dedicated.
This La Crosse Plow Co. field cultivator was used on a farm in La Crosse County.
Prohibition had been the law of the land for 10 years when this booklet was published in 1930. For all that time, the only way to legally purc…
The Gund Brewery advertisement shown here is an example of the company’s struggle to cope with the monumental societal change known as Prohibition.
As we enter the dog days of August, with its heat and humidity, our thoughts frequently turn to a favorite summer refreshment: ice cream.
The message on this shaker bottle suggests it contains “the flavor of a lifetime.”
When I was shopping for a wedding dress, I remember the consultant saying that the dress I chose would be the most important dress of my life.
If you look into Eloda Beach’s background, her monkey fur jacket isn’t surprising.
These button-cutting tools were used by La Crosse’s fastest button cutter, Peter Brunner, at the Wisconsin Pearl Button Co.
This steamboat bellpull is a fantastic example of folk art from the upper Mississippi River.
This small glass medicine bottle with a screw-on cap reads, “Essence of Peppermint Hebberd Drugs 4th and Main, La Crosse Wis, Prescriptions si…
While most Americans today purchase their bread at the grocery store, that wasn’t the case at the turn of the 20th century.
For this week’s “Things That Matter,” we are traveling back in history with a doctor’s bag that belonged to Dr. John Callahan, a local physici…
Everyone in La Crosse can look out the window and see an endless blanket of white on the ground.
The shovel is worn and showing some age, but even though it probably is more than 80 years old it still looks sturdy and capable of performing…
This box from the Murphy Candy Co. was once filled with handmade chocolates that would have been a lovely gift for someone’s Valentine.