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Settlement and Survival

Farm Life

Object Theater: This Day

Ayres Associates Gallery: Art All Around

RCU Children's Gallery: History Quest


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Paths of the People

The Ojibwe (Chippewa) Indians have lived in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin for 300 years. Paths of the People, a major exhibit at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, traces Ojibwe history and the events that forced them to make vital decisions about the directions their lives would take.

The award-winning exhibit begins with a glimpse of the Wisconsin woodland as it appeared when the Ojibwe first arrived and moves up to the present. The exhibit features artifacts, documents and photographs from the fur trade to the tourist trade; from boarding schools to tribal schools; from treaties made and broken to treaties re-evaluated. MORE>>>

Settlement and Survival

Yankee, Canadian and European setlers flocked to Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley in the 1850s to harvest the vast forests of white pine. Towns grew up over night. Before long, those "inexhaustible" forests were gone and the towns built to support the lumber industry had to find new reasons to exist.

The award-winning Settlement & Survival exhibit follows the changes that took place between 1850 and 1925, a time when the scent of pine gave way to the smell of rubber tires, and the whine of sawmill blades was replaced with the hum of electric generating plants.

Farm Life

Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors, is a story of profound change for farm families and rural communities. As visitors travel to the various parts of the exhibit -- the farmhouse, the fields, the barn, and various local gathering spots -- they will explore how the political, economic, and cultural roots of the Chippewa Valley influence families today on and off the farm. MORE>>>

Object Theater: This Day

Through images, music, sounds, and the voices of real people, the 18-minute multimedia exhibit tells the story of how farm families worked together to tame the land, build homes, and make a way of life in the Chippewa Valley. It also seeks to answer the question “Why farm?”

During a six-year oral history project, CVM put that question directly to scores of farm families. It is not an easy question to answer. They mentioned a love of the land, working outdoors, variety, independence. On a more figurative level, the answers that Chippewa Valley farmers gave have a common thread, and that thread is about how each day goes, and how one day flows into the next.

Ayres Associates Gallery: Art All Around

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a nationally touring exhibition from NEH on the Road, will be on display at the Chippewa Valley Museum from April 5 through May 26, 2013.

Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, the exhibition traces how images and media transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

RCU Children's Gallery: History Quest

Every photo has a story and tells a story. Same with an object. With a little work, you can briefly sketch the life of a person. More challenging — and more important — you can make connections between people, objects and stories, to see what binds us and separates us over time and distance. Setting children on that path early, giving them a process for making connections, offers them ways to solve problems and see relationships.

History Quest, a new exhibit at the Chippewa Valley Museum, sends children and adults on a quest to discover historical differences in the ways families acquire and use food, shelter, and clothing. Along the way, they will learn how to “do” history by examining various sources related to the stories of five families in the Chippewa Valley. MORE>>>


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