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All dates and programs are subject to change. Weather cancellations are announced on WVRQ and on our Facebook page. Please call ahead if in doubt

Thurs May 2: Cleaning day at the Normal School Museum, 9:00 a.m.

Fri May 3: Cleaning day at the Foreaker School and Historic St. Mary’s Church Museum, 9:00 a.m.

Tues May 7: Normal School building Centennial planning committee meeting at the Normal School Museum, 10:00 a.m.

Thurs May 9: Genealogy class† meets at the Normal School Museum, 10:00 a.m. Megan Isley of the La Crosse Public Library’s archives room will present a program called “Where Did They Come From? Immigration and Naturalization Records”. When did your ancestors come to the United States? We’ll explore on-line (and off-line) sources on this topic. Bring your log-in information and/or your laptop, if you have either.

Thurs May 9: VCHS program at the Normal School Museum, 7:00 p.m. Archaeologist Ernie Boszhardt will talk about “Ancient Colonies at Stoddard and Trempealeau—Rare Middle Mississippian Outposts”.

Sun May 12: Start of Wisconsin Museums Week

Sat May 18: International Museums Day

May 18–19: 51st Annual Syttende Mai celebration in Westby, WI. Westby Area Historical Society tours at the Thoreson House on Saturday 11 to 4 p.m., 111 Bekkedal Ave. Visit for more information.

Sat May 25: Sherry-Butt House opens for the season. Open summer weekends, 1 to 5 p.m.

Mon May 27: Memorial Day. Normal School Museum closed, Sherry-Butt House open.

June 2018: Summer hours begin at the Normal School Museum: Open Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sun June 2: VCHS annual Cemetery Walk, 4 p.m. at the Viroqua Cemetery. Tickets $5, available that day; proceeds support the VCHS.

Sat June 8: 36th annual Český Den (Czech Day) in downtown Hillsboro, WI. For more information, visit

Thurs June 13: Genealogy class† trip to Norskedalen’s research library. Travel is on your own — please be at Norskedalen by 9 a.m. Cost is $6.
Anne Farning of Norskedalen’s Library Committee will be on hand to assist.

Thurs July 4: Marcia Andrew Strawberry Shortcake Social at the Sherry-Butt House, 1 to 5 p.m.

Thurs July 11: Genealogy class† meets at the Normal School Museum at 10 a.m. Blaine Hedberg of the Westby Area Historical Society will talk about Westby’s Thoreson House Museum and genealogy center, with an emphasis on family history research materials available there.

July 19–20: VCHS grill-outs at Nelson Agri-Center.

Sat July 20: Viroqua Astronaut Mark Lee 2 p.m. at the Viroqua Elementary School Cafetorium.

Sat July 27: Normal School building Centennial Celebration, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Normal School Museum. The Foreaker School at 606 W. Broadway will also be open at that time.

All genealogy classes are $5 for non-members, free for members. Renew your membership today!