Diane Breezer

Diane Breezer serves as a tour guide for the La Crosse County Historical Society. The organization is looking for volunteers to lead tours this summer. 

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.

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Emily Pyrek can be reached at emily.pyrek@lee.net.


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