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Local Heritage Center opens Tuesday

Brad Williams

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A long-time storefront on Main Street in La Crosse has a new purpose. 

The building at 506 Main is now a local history museum, called the La Crosse Area Heritage Center. 

Tuesday is the first day it will be open to the general public. 

County historical society director Peggy Derrick says the history displays are not limited to the white settlers who reached the area nearly 200 years ago, but also feature Hmong and Ho-Chunk history.    

The current exhibits at the Heritage Center will also include a fishing boat, and displays about La Crosse’s many breweries.    

Derrick says one display that she hopes will attract local visitors is a mural depicting the Mississippi River.

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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