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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

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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Flags 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
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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Many 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
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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This time the hunter did not tell me, “Don’t flap your gums talking about stuff you don’t know nothing about.”

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Diamond Lil took out an old brown notebook and started singing the handwritten, sweetly sentimental songs from the early 20th Century.

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He was an odd sort of fellow. Few would have recognized his genius had they seen him walking the slopes of our region in his tattered clothing. He was thin, his face angular, his diffidence … more
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