This week Fox 25/48 has been featuring Trempealeau County in our latest County-By-County series. It’s leading up to our 30-minute special on the county tomorrow at 5:30 PM. tonight, Fox 25/48’s Erin O’Brien takes a step back in time to explain how Trempealeau’s history has been preserved.
Sometimes the smallest towns can have the richest histories and the village of Trempealeau is no exception. Just step inside the Trempealeau community heritage society’s museum and you’ll be transported back in time to the area’s early days.
“We’ve tried to give equal time to our military, some of our farm people, some of our native Americans, some for the railroad.”
Volunteers like Virginia Cisewski keep the museum running.
“We started out very small as you can see and we’ve grown.”
The museum has things like real military uniforms from Trempealeau residents over the years, artifacts from the local schools, and even pictures of the village before a fire destroyed much of it in 1888.
The heritage society worked hard to collect these artifacts, and they say the museum reflects the town today.
“It’s a really busy town, you may not think so today. Main street may be quiet but it’s pretty busy.”
The museum is located just inside the village’s community center but they’ve got bigger plans for the future.
“As you can see we’ve almost outgrown it. We could almost use a bigger place but we’ll keep at it until we find a bigger place.”
It’s open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, but volunteers will open it at any time by request, all in an effort to share Trempealeau’s traditions with more people.
In Trempealeau, Erin O’Brien Fox 25/48 News at Nine.