9000+ Historic Images Now Online
The "Historic Image & Photo Archive" on the Local History Room's website grew by several thousand pictures. Be sure to search it thoroughly for historic images of Monroe County people, cities, villages, events, buildings, landmarks, businesses, disasters, homes, schools, and so much more. Just plug in the name or search term in the "Keywords" box. High-quality prints are available to order.
A Unique Christmas Gift
Give the gift of peace of mind this holiday season. Purchase a Gravestone Cleaning Kit to ensure that your ancestors' grave markers are preserved for years to come.
Clean your ancestor's gravestone the same way the professionals clean the Acropolis, the Alamo, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier! The Gravestone Cleaning Kit provides you everything you need to safely clean 1-2 gravestones. Give someone a gift AND honor your ancestors at the same time.
Rare and Out of Print Monroe Co Books Available Through www.MCLHR.org
Want to own an original copy of the 1897 Monroe County Atlas, a 1925 yearbook, or other out of print resources? Be sure to check the Monroe Co Local History Room Gift Shop for rare items for sale.
Our Rare and Out of Print store features items donated to the LHR to sell as fundraisers when the items would otherwise duplicate superior examples already in the LHR collection. Money raised from the sale of these items directly support the Local History Room research library.
Be sure to visit the Rare and Out of Print Store to obtain your own piece of Monroe County's past. Supplies are limited and inventory changes frequently.
Monroe County Local History Room Wins State Award for Website www.MCLHR.org
The Wisconsin Historical Society has named the Monroe County Local History Room and Museum in Sparta as one of two winners of the society's Governor's Award for Archival Achievement.
Established in 1976, the Monroe County Local History Room and Museum operates a research library, archives and a collection of museum artifacts. In 2006, the organization engaged a website designer to create and host its website, and in 2007, the online resource was expanded to include 16 indexes containing more than half a million searchable entries.
An independent panel of judges recommended the organization for the award, citing its excellent work and its entrepreneurial strategy in earning program revenue by delivering photocopies and reprints to patrons.
The Local History Room is the first two-time winner of the State Archives Award, having been awarded the prestigious award in 2001.