Guests examine ‘Lost Voices of Mariel,’ an show at the Monroe County Regional Historical past Place & Museum. The exhibit explores the lives of the Cuban refugees who commenced their journey in the U.S. at Fort McCoy in 1980 and how the refugee tale impacted Monroe County.


Steve Rundio



The “Lost Voices of Mariel” Touring Exhibit at the Monroe County Area Historical past Place & Museum in Sparta is beginning its final two weeks of display screen.

The show explores the encounter of the Cuban refugees who had been brought to the Fort McCoy Refugee Resettlement Centre in 1980 and how that six-month ordeal impacted Monroe County.

The show opened Jan. 31 and was nevertheless on display screen when the museum closed in March in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. It stays on screen by means of Saturday, Oct. 17.

The Local Historical past Space is open up by reservation, Thursday as a result of Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 608-269-8680 to make a reservation. Admission is free.

In Oct 1980, the previous 923 adult Cuban refugees have been transferred from the Fort McCoy Refugee Resettlement Center to the refugee heart in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Afterward, what remained of the once 14,000 Cuban refugee populace at Fort McCoy were 170 juveniles. These unaccompanied minors would in the end be transferred to Wyalusing Condition Park in Prairie du Chien and then placed in foster households.

A exclusive area of the Record Area web page has been established up for persons to share any tales they have about the time Fort McCoy served as a Cuban Refugee Resettlement Middle. Check out MonroeCountyHistory.org to share stories or browse those submitted by other people.