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A rare picture postcard shows an elaborate display of July 4, 1914, fireworks in Galena. The photo, which was taken from the Grant Park area, looks west over the Green Street bridge toward Annunciation/Saint Michael School (now the Galena ARC). The other evening, I stood where I imagined that photo being shot, and thought of the children sitting on the hillside, looking with innocent wonder at the display. more

My toes were bleeding.

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This week, we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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When Megg’s Eggs called me at Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly, I had to respond.

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F lags are at half-mast in Galena as I write. Our nation is mourning the death of Senator John McCain, American hero. Late in the day yesterday, I drove through Galena to see the flags honoring … more

As I have continued my reading and research on poor houses, and specifically the Poor House (Poor Farm) of our county, I remembered the abject poor in various countries where I have done work. 

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W e consider ourselves very fortunate at The Galena Gazette as this summer comes to a close. In a sense, our summer here ends when the last of our summer interns says goodbye and heads back to … more

The poignant headline “Death Calls a Little Boy” carries the subheading, “Home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koepeke is Bereaved” in the Galena Weekly Gazette, Oct. 24, 1918 edition. 

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M any years ago I bought my dining room table at a second-hand store. It was buried under cushions and old lace tablecloths. I felt irrationally drawn to it. It was not a valuable piece but I … more

In 1905, a recognized character about town was seen “washing out three or four dirty handkerchiefs” in the basin of the drinking fountain at DeSoto House corner.

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The topic was “Traditional ceremonial clothing and accessories; past, present and future.” The speaker was my dear friend, Chloris Lowe, New Lisbon, Wis., former president of the Ho-Chunk … more

A democracy depends on the education of its people to thrive.

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