Thursday, July 9, 2020

Monroe County Local History Room

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...
Hannah Scholze is always willing to talk about the basics of DNA and genealogy. She was the speaker at a workshop at the Tomah Area Historical Museum. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 10:18am
Is there royalty in your family? A tiny percent that just might justify displaying some lofty family crest or a photo of some king or queen that you can boast about being a distant, distant..., distant relative. That mystery continues to spur interest in genealogy and DNA research. Hannah Scholze...
Leon State Graded School, ciorca 1938.  Many of the students pictured here would participate in a school district census a couple of years later.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 9:44am
[Author’s note:  Since 2020 is a census year, we thought it would be interesting to share a story from our county’s past about a special census taken nearly 80 years ago which revealed some interesting facts about Monroe County’s standard of living]   In April 1940, residents of Monroe County were...
Detail of 1877 Greenfield Township plat map showing the location of the Tarr Valley School in Section 22.
Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:58am
[In the summer of 1936, an 86-year-old widow in Missouri named Agnes Julia Ferguson sat down to write her memoir. The result was a document just over ten pages long, though it contained a multitude of incredible stories and memories. Even more incredible was the reason for her writing: 70 years...
Visitors of all ages at the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum enjoy the “Monroe County A to Z” exhibit, winner of  the 2019 American Association for State and Local History Award of Excellence. Contributed photo
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 10:08am
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently named the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum in Sparta as the recipient of an Award of Excellence for the “Monroe County A to Z” exhibit. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 74th year, is the most...

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