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Ideas for La Crosse history museum still being gathered

Brad Williams

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La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat stood in front of an old fire engine in 2017, when he announced plans for a local history museum

The idea of starting a new museum on the history of La Crosse continues to move slowly. 

A series of public meetings about the project happened earlier this month, and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students, who conducted the meetings, are still processing the results of those discussions. 

UW-L assistant professor Kate Evans has been working with the tourism research group on campus. She said a location for the museum is still unsettled.

“We have still more focus groups and data collection happening through this fall, and then in the spring again we’ll be collecting more data to include additional public meetings,” Evans said.

The museum project was announced by La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat late in 2017. 

A city task force has been busy studying how similar museums work elsewhere in the U.S., and has looked at possible locations.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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