Vernon County Museum


Vernon County Museum
Old St. Mary's Church
Foreaker Schoolhouse
Sherry-Butt House
Research Room
Teacher Resources
Become A Member
Elevator Project
Map of Sites
Museum Notes
Historic Photos
Contact Us


Museum Hours
June - July - Aug: Monday thru Friday 12-4 PM, and Saturday 10-2PM
Sep - Oct - April - May: Monday thru Friday 12-4 PM
Nov-Dec-Jan-Feb-Mar: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12-4 PM
Or by appointment. Call (608) 637-7396

The Vernon County Museum located at 410 S. Center Avenue in Viroqua, built during 1918 and 1919, was a training school for teachers. The Teachers College or "County Normal School" as it was called, was under the jurisdiction of the County Board of Supervisors.

The students were required to complete a one-year program until 1937 when it was changed to a two-year course. As part of the program, a (Model) School, was included for future teachers to work with actual students until 1965. In 1972 only four year college degreed teachers were being licensed. Therefore the teachers college was closed after graduating nearly 2,000 teachers. No permanent use was made of the building until 1989 when it was purchased by the Vernon County Historical Society to be used as a museum.

Today the Historical Society has a genealogy and local history research area, and exhibits including the tobacco exhibit, an important agricultural product in Vernon County for many years, and the Astronaut Mark Lee Space exhibit.

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