Freedom Summer Exhibit

Posted: October 27, 2015

The Chippewa Valley Museum will host the Wisconsin Historical Society exhibit "Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students" from October 27 to 29.

This traveling exhibit explores one pivotal episode in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a campaign that attempted to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi.

The exhibit began traveling through schools, libraries, and museums during 2014 for the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. The manuscripts, photos, articles, and other documents featured in the exhibit are all housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, WI. They are among more than 1,100 boxes of papers saved by movement activists, community groups, and national organizations while the events were unfolding.

"Risking Everything" will also be on exhibit at McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from October 5 to 25. Accompanying this exhibit will be a month of programs at UWEC featuring opportunities to explore, learn, and engage in meaningful reflection and conversation about the importance of the Civil Rights Movement today. Find more at

The Chippewa Valley Museum is located in Eau Claire's scenic Carson Park. The "Risking Everything" exhibit will be open Tuesday, October 27, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on October 28 and 29. Museum admission is $7 for adults and $4 for kids age 5 and older. Kids under age 5 and museum members are free.

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