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Chippewa Valley Museum
PO Box 1204
Eau Claire, WI 54702-1204

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Eau Claire, WI 54703
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TRAVELING EXHIBITS

 

The Chippewa Valley Museum has exhibits available for travel at a very modest cost. Hmong in America, Farm Life, and Eau Claire: City of Bridges can be shipped by UPS. Paths of the People must be picked up or shipped by private carrier.

 

FARM LIFE:
A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors

 

"The people in Farm Life tell a story that is part celebration, part history and part elegy. But for every wistful memory, you get a clear-eyed report on the gritty aspects of farm life we tend to gloss over in our gilded recollections."

- Michael Perry, author of Population 485

In 1900, 42 percent of the American population worked in agriculture. In 2000, there were so few farmers that, for the first time, the U.S. Census form merged farm self-employment income into the general self-employment category. The survivors have retained their connection to farming, and even particular farms and rural neighborhoods, sometimes through many generations. What compels one family to stay while a score of others departs?

Farm Life : A Century of Change for
Farm Families and Their Neighbors

Fee: $125 for 4 weeks; $200 for 8 weeks

Display info:
18 panels. Each is 24" by 30"
Requires 40 linear feet of space

Display options:
fabric or carpeted walls (Velcro on back of panels), 4-sided metal kiosks (provided by us), table-top easels (provided by us).

Shipping info:
Panels: 2 boxes, 36 lbs. each. Each box is 29 x 35 x 6.
Easels: 1 box, 15 lbs. Box is 42 x 8 x 8.
You pay shipping costs each way.
Local pickups welcome.

Insurance Value:
$5,000

To rent:
Call the museum at (715) 834-7871
email Dorie Boetcher d.boetcher@cvmuseum.com

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HMONG IN AMERICA:
Journey from a Secret War

 

For a good reason, the title of "Hmong in America: Journey from a Secret War" puzzles many of the Hmong. The war in Laos was never a secret from them. The American people were the ones in the dark, unaware that since the early 1960s U.S. Central Intelligence Agency had directed a war against communists in Laos and Cambodia in direct violation of the Geneva Accords.

- Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

On both sides of the political spectrum, the Vietnam War continues to spark divisive, impassioned arguments among scholars and lay people. What are the lessons of Vietnam?

America's involvement in Laos, and as a consequence its alliance with the Hmong, has received far less attention, yet is written about and debated with no less conviction. Hmong soldiers served as the primary "anti-communist" force in Laos. The multi-million-dollar operation, unreported in the American press until 1969, wreaked havoc on the land and its people. When American forces withdrew from Southeast Asia in 1975, thousands fled to Thailand as refugees and subsequently resettled in the United States.

The experience of the Hmong cuts to the core of American politics, touching upon issues which have been widely debated throughout U.S. history.

Hmong in America: panel exhibit

Fee: $125 for 4 weeks; $200 for 8 weeks

Display info:
20 panels. Each is 24" by 30"
Requires 61 linear feet of space

Display options:
fabric or carpeted walls (Velcro on back of panels), 4-sided metal kiosks (provided by us), table-top easels (provided by us).

Shipping info:
Panels: 2 boxes, 35 lbs. each. Each box is 29 x 35 x 6.
Easels: 1 box, 15 lbs. Box is 42 x 8 x 8.
You pay shipping costs each way.
Local pickups welcome.

Insurance Value:
$4,000

To rent:
Call the museum at (715) 834-7871
email Dorie Boetcher dorie@cvmuseum.com

 

Hmong in America: tabletop exhibit

Fee: $125 for 4 weeks; $200 for 8 weeks

Display info: Free-standing, self-contained tabletop exhibit of 4 panels. Each is 24" by 30" Also includes hands-on artifacts

Shipping info:
Exhibit: 1 box, 20 lbs. Box is 25 x 28 x 5.
Artifacts: 1 box, 20 lbs. Box is 27 x 39 x 8.
You pay shipping costs each way.
Local pickups welcome.

Insurance Value: $2,000

To rent: Call the museum at (715) 834-7871
email Dorie Boetcher d.boetcher@cvmuseum.com

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PATHS OF THE PEOPLE:
The Ojibwe in the Chippewa Valley

 

"...Indian history told from the voices of the people themselves."

- Richard St. Germaine, former tribal chair, Lac Courtes Oreilles

Anishinabe, Saulteur, Ojibwe, Chippewa -- all names of a people who have lived in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin for the past three centuries. Ojibwe oral tradition speaks of life as a circular path, with parents passing on knowledge to children and grandchildren. Over the past 300 years, contact with Europeans and settlement by Americans have forced them to adapt in order to survive. The challenges each generation has faced--whether at treaty grounds, boarding schools, or boat landings--have influenced what knowledge has been passed down, what paths taken.

Paths of the People:
The Ojibwe in the Chippewa Valley

Fee: $125 for 4 weeks; $200 for 8 weeks

Display info:
20 panels. Each is 30" x 40"
Five kiosks, four panels each

Display options:
fabric or carpeted walls (Velcro on back of panels), 4-sided cardboard kiosks (provided by us). Each kiosk with base is 6' tall and 4' square, and kiosks need 4' to 5' walkways

Shipping info: (not UPS shippable)
Two large crates, 280 lbs total
1. 37" x 72" x 16" and 210 lbs.
2. 24" x 58" x 11" and 70 lbs.

Insurance Value:
$5,000

To rent:
Call the museum at (715) 834-7871
email Dorie Boetcher d.boetcher@cvmuseum.com

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EAU CLAIRE: CITY OF BRIDGES

 

Two rivers meet in Eau Claire, giving the city its distinctive topography, identity, and beauty. These rivers were conduits for moving goods and people, but also barriers to ground transport

This exhibit provides an educational and historically accurate overview of the significance of Eau Claire bridges in everyday life, both past and present; the role of bridges in the formation and evolution of the city, and the changing locations and purposes of the city's bridges. The exhibit also explores the design and architecture of local bridges, and changes in technology and building materials over time.

Eau Claire: City of Bridges

Fee: $50 for 4 weeks; $75 for 8 weeks

Display info:
12 panels. Each is 24" x 30"
Requires 30 linear feet of space

Display options:
fabric or carpeted walls (Velcro on back of panels), 4-sided metal kiosks (provided by us), table-top easels (provided by us).

Shipping info:
Panels: 1 box, 30 lbs. Box is 26 x 32 x 5.
Easels: 1 box, 15 lbs. Box is 42 x 8 x 8.
You pay shipping costs each way.
Local pickups welcome.

Insurance Value:
$2,000

To rent:
Call the museum at (715) 834-7871
email Dorie Boetcher d.boetcher@cvmuseum.com

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Eau Claire: City of Bridges exhibit panel

Farm Life traveling exhibit panel

Hmong in America traveling exhibit panel

Paths of the People exhibit setup

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