History of Gays Mills on display at UW-La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — The village of Gays Mills will move to a new location out of the flood plain this year, but part of it’s history will live on thanks to some UW-La Crosse students.

Students in a history class just completed an exhibit featuring pictures from the village’s 152 year history.

The students poured through university archives and made several trips to Gays Mills to get the lay of the land and talk to residents.

says UW-L History Professor Charles Lee. The pictures cover the villages economy and people as well as it’s location in the flood plain and it’s relocation to higher ground. “It’s not an easy task to put together even one of these panels cause there is so much to include, the difficult task becomes what do you leave out.”

The project is on display at UW-La Crosse all this week. Then it’s being sent to Gays Mills to be on permanent displayed in the village’s new visitors center.