Local History

ECHO Project

The Winding Rivers Library System has expanded access to unique history materials in local libraries by developing a regional online collection of visual images (photographs and postcards) representing western Wisconsin history and culture.  This project and collection is named ECHO:  Exploring Cultural History Online and is made possible through a 2014 Library Services and Technology Act grant.

Monroe County Local History Room

The Monroe County Local History Room’s purpose is to connect people to the past in a meaningful way. Use this site to learn more about the MCLHR Museum and Research Library.

Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum

Why bikes and Deke Slayton? Sparta Wisconsin is the Bicycling Capital of America with the first Rails to Trails Program in the country in which old railroad tracks are converted into bike trails. Deke Slayton is a Sparta native, and one of America’s first astronauts. The community wanted to celebrate both of these traditions, and the Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum was born!