La Crosse’s Pump House and a business group from Prairie du Chien are included in the latest round of Wisconsin tourism grants.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has $22 million in grants to 27 arts organizations and governments around the state to help recover from losses during the pandemic.
The Pump House Regional Arts Center in downtown La Crosse is getting $288,000 to replace seats in its recently remodeled second floor theater and to expand its restrooms. The former water works facility has been an arts center since the 1970s.
Also, a big celebration being planned next year in Crawford County, to mark the anniversary of when white explorers in Wisconsin arrived at the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, received COVID relief grants.
The Marquette and Joliet expedition happened in 1673, and next year will be the 350th anniversary.
Driftless Development, Incorporated has received a $119,000 grant to put on a celebration.
Planned events include parades, canoe races, square dancing, and a pie judging, along with many others. Thousands of people attended the tri-centennial of the expedition in June of 1973.
Tourism grants will also provide millions for an entertainment plaza in downtown Wisconsin Dells and $3 million to Milwaukee County to expand the penguin exhibit at the Milwaukee zoo.