Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Monroe County Local History Room

Jarrod Roll and Hannah Scholze put the finishing touches on the new exhibit now open at the Monroe County Local History Room. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:41am
In years past, the Monroe County Local History Room (MCLHR) has put together a display depicting a 1970s living room during Christmas as well as a 1950s Christmas display, which were both very popular with the public, as the museum saw record breaking amounts of visits.   Last year, museum staff...
Monroe County Local History Room Director Jarrod Roll gets some painting done in the Research Library. Contributed photo
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:01am
Monroe County Local History Room Director Jarrod Roll, as guest speaker at the Sparta Kiwanis Club’s weekly Zoom meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12, said there was one bright note in the COVID-19 pandemic.  “From the very beginning we were closed,” said Roll, preventing visits to MCLHR exhibits, public...
Jared Roll, county historian for Monroe County, provides a review of the 1980 Cuban Refugee Program on Sept. 17 during Fort McCoy's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month in McCoy's Community Center. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:42am
Approximately 20 people participated in a socially distanced observance Sept. 17 for the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month at McCoy’s Community Center at Fort McCoy. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 every year. In the presidential proclamation by President Donald J. Trump...
From left, Kiwanian John Winkelmann, Monroe County Local History Room Museum Director Jarrod Roll and Kiwanian Steve Bernett stand with the first scavenger hunt participants, Harry and Charlie Frazee. Contributed photo
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:16am
   Excitement on North Water Street was high Saturday morning as the Sparta Kiwanis Club, in partnership with the Monroe County Local History Room Museum, launched the Sparta Youth Scavenger Hunt.  Harry and Charlie Frazee, sons of Rachel and Joel Frazee, were the first to receive registration...
Frisk Cloud (pictured) wrote a weekly column for the Tomah Journal called “Indian News” from 1939 until his death in 1941.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 9:53am
[Author’s note:  This article is the last in a series of articles examining the history and importance of the Federal Census.  The Local History Room is highlighting the census since 2020 is a census year.  Did you fill yours out?] When the federal census was first established, only one group was...
Hannah Scholze, Museum Services Associate at the Monroe County Local History Room explores the museum’s online index, which now includes over 900,000 searchable records and photographs. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 9:49am
Even though the Monroe County Local History Room is still currently closed to the public, staff and volunteers have been busy updating the museum’s website with over 44,000 new record entries that they have been indexing over the past eight months.  When MCLHR Director Jarod Roll first began...
Hazel Thurston, Monroe County Census Enumerator from Leon Township in 1930.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 10:11am
[Author’s note: This month we are featuring a series of articles examining the history and importance of the Federal Census leading up to National Census Day on April 1.] In 1790, as the federal government prepared to undertake its first census, the task of counting nearly four million people, many...
From left, Marcos Calderon, Rodosvaldo Pozo, Ernesto Rodriguez and Tomas Consuegra Rodriguez, shared their experiences to a packed house at the Monroe County Local History Room of being Cuban refugees. The four men arrived at Ft. McCoy during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, February 17, 2020 - 11:06am
Forty years ago this summer, Marcos Calderon, Rodosvaldo Pozo, Ernesto Rodriguez and Tomas Consueergra Rodriguez, arrived on America’s shores as refugees from Cuba. The four men, in their early 20s at the time, were among the 124,796 arriving in southern Florida as part of the Mariel Boatlift, the...
Hannah Scholze, Monroe County Local History Room museum services associate, works on an exhibit of  Cuban refugees who were relocated to Ft. McCoy in 1980. The exhibit opens Friday. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 10:01am
Forty years ago, this summer, Monroe County and Ft. McCoy were on the international radar. That was the year Fidel Castro opened up his borders, allowing any citizen who wanted to go to the U.S. to leave. Called the Mariel Boatlift, it brought 125,000 refugees to American shores, 14,000 of which...
Monroe County Local History Room Director Jarrod Roll puts on the finishing touches of the museum’s new holiday display, Christmas Mountain, just in time for the opening reception on Tuesday. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 10:04am
Staff and volunteers at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta have been busy little elves leading up to this Christmas season in preparation of the new holiday display, Christmas Mountain. This magical display features over 100 lit miniature houses and buildings, featuring the Department...

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