Literature & Drama
La Crosse County Historical Sketches, 1931-1955
The Masque of Marsh and River / Howard Mumford Jones Presented by The La Crosse State Normal in Myrick Park
“The Masque of Marsh and River,” was a play written by Howard Mumford Jones and presented in Myrick Park on June 8, 1915, by the La Crosse Normal School. It featured dancers and music. The play’s many characters were played by adults, college students, and school children in such diverse roles as “Mortals, Spirits, Swaying Reeds, Frogs, and Bats.” This booklet contains the play programme, dialogue, and sepia-toned photographs of the production.
Memoirs of La Crosse County / Benjamin Bryant; 1907.
This work, along with History of La Crosse County, 1881, are the preeminent published sources for 19th century La Crosse history. Bryant’s Memoirs, as it is commonly called, is a wide-ranging work that covers the early history of La Crosse as well as the social, education, government, religious, and business institutions. The book is divided into 22 chapters and also includes brief histories of the smaller towns of La Crosse County. An alphabetical name index to Bryant’s Memoirs was prepared and digitized in 2004 and is available for searching at the “name index” button.
National Attention: Local Connection: La Crosse's Contributions to the Arts and Entertainment in America compiled by Richard Boudreau (La Crosse, Wis.), 2013.
Artists and entertainers include early poets, Marcus "Brick" Pomeroy, George W. Peck, David Franklin "Doc" Powell, Egid Hackner, Sandor Landau, Ford Sterling, Minnie Dupree, Percy Bentley, Guy & Eloda Beach, Howard Mumford Jones, Rudolf Kvelve, Arthur Kreutz, Walter Ristow, Joseph Losey, Alonso Hauser, Nicholas Ray, John Toland, James Cameron, Don Herbert "Mr. Wizard," Robert Moevs, Elmer Petersen, Frank Italiano, Hugo Jan Huss, John Judson, Kati Casida, Nancy Arganbright, Dallas Weekley, Charles Dierkop, John Solie, Sr. Thea Bowman, Bill Miller, Amy Mills, and Scott Thorson.
Welcome to La Crosse History Unbound. Learn more about La Crosse County, history through these digitized collections from La Crosse Public Library and Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.