Chippewa Valley Museum presents Series 3 of Collecting the Valley. Spend an evening with a presenter who will take you on a journey through time through their various collections. In this series you'll get a look at aviation history, growing up in the 50s, and old Meridean. Join us for the whole series, or pick a single presentation.

Aviation History in the Chippewa Valley 

Presented November 16th, 2021. Recording Viewable by Full Series Purchasers

Enjoy a collection of stories, documents, and photographs depicting pioneering moments in Chippewa Valley’s aviation history. Guy Wood, who became Eau Claire Airport’s first full time manager in 1976, owns a personal collection of records and photos extending back to his grandfather’s role in organizing the Eau Claire Aero Corporation in the 1920s. Guy’s management began with the area’s first major airshow and the immediate responsibilities of replacing runways and terminal building to retain commercial air service.

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Growing Up in the 1950s

December 21st, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Online - Zoom

Many people view the fifties as a time of stability and domestic tranquility, but things were far from calm in that decade. Although affluence was growing after WWII, the Cold War instilled a lot of fear in the American people. Many people felt their lives were too restricted, prompting the growth of a new rebellious culture that would dominate the sixties. Reflect on what it was like to live in the Chippewa Valley in the 1950s, with Curator Diana Peterson with photos and artifacts held in the museum’s collections.

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COLLECTed Stories from Happy Island and Old Meridean

January 18th, 2022 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Online - Zoom

Explore the origins and legacies of the families who found their place in the Chippewa Valley on “Happy Island.” In her book, Where the Lilacs Grow, Jeanne Anderson has compiled a rich collection of stories and photos depicting late 19th century life in Old Meridean, once located at the center of the Chippewa River as it meanders through Dunn County.

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