Welcome

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: 
WHERE CAN I FIND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARLY HISTORY OF THIS AREA?

ANSWER: 
ONLINE, IN GOOGLE BOOKS

The History of Houston County 1882 (547 pages)
The History of Houston County 1919 (1,345 pages)

Each edition is available in PDF (portable document format) with sections by town. 

        Hint: To find a specific person or business:
         1) open one of the volumes;
         2) click and hold Ctrl and type F
         3) enter the person’s name in the box.


 

 

 




La Crescent History Center & Apple Museum

OPEN APPLEFEST SATURDAY Noon – 4


 

SEPT 9 & 16 AND OCT 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2-6 pm
FOR TOUR INFORMATION AT EXPLORE LA CROSSE, CLICK ON

Bluff to Bluff Trolley Tours

 


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THE LA CRESCENT HISTORY CENTER
& APPLE MUSEUM
OPEN
SATURDAYS Noon – 4 pm
Stroll through the displays in the house
Visit the Apple Museum in the big red shed

 

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THANKS TO A GRANT FROM THE ARLIN FALCK FOUNDATION,

WE ENCLOSED THE PORCH ON THE BACK OF THE HOUSE,
A MUCH-NEEDED UPDATE THAT GIVES US MORE DISPLAY SPACE !!

 

 


NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD

Newsletters from the Community in World War II
Sent to Local Men and Women in Military Service
&
Letters Those Men and Women Wrote Home
Click on WWII Letters Home at the top of this page

 




June 16, 1832

Nathan Boone and his survey crew
reach the area that is now La Crescent

This is a transcription from Boone’s original field notes.
The field notes are in the National Archives.

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Click on 1832 LAND SURVEY at the top of this page to learn more


THANKS TO
LA CRESCENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4TH GRADE CLASSES AND THEIR TEACHERS 
FOR VISITING in 2022

What a surprise!  Quinn Jore, 4th grader, 
saw her great grandmother’s photograph on a display shelf.

WXOW-TV19 STORY (CLICK ON TO VIEW)

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 IN MEMORY OF


Gordon M. Fay  1924-2022
La Crescent native
Past Recipient of the Historical Society’s Heritage Award
His heart never left La Crescent


THANK YOU for supporting our participation in We Are Water MN

Click to download: We are Water Map

For More About We Are Water MNhttp://winonahistorical.org/wearewater


MARKING A SIGNIFICANT EVENT IN HISTORY
Nathan Boone’s land survey
of the Neutral Ground in 1832


HISTORICAL MARKERS
Along the Wagon Wheel Trail, south Shore Acres Road (above)
and along Skunk Hollow Road

LEARN MORE: Click on 1832 LAND SURVEY  (top of this page)

Gratitude to Our Boone Project Partners
City of La Crescent
La Crescent Public Library
La Crescent Township

FUNDING
The project was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

PROJECT ADVISORS
Don Borcherding, a licensed professional surveyor with 45 years’ experience in land surveying, survey research, and survey history

Gwen Westerman, a scholar of Dakota history and language and a professor in English at Minnesota State University, Mankato

 


ASK US ABOUT GROUP TOURS

 

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We will be recognized and respected for preserving the cultural heritage
of the La Crescent area