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Spring/Summer 2024
Chippewa Falls


48. The History and Culture of the Ojibwe people in the Chippewa Valley
This class will follow the history of the Native Americans in the Chippewa Valley from the first settler to the present day residents, their culture, language, and struggles to survive. Presenter Marge Hebring is a descendant of Michael Cadott who was the principal trader in the Chippewa Valley. She is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of the Lake Superior Objibwe. Limit 50
Presenter: Marge Hebring
Coordinator: Claudeen Oebser (715) 874-6054
Tuesday: March 19 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Area History Center, 12 Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls (at the entrance to Irvine Park).

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49. Visit the Historic Cadott Bohemian Hall
Built in 1907 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, the Bohemian Hall is now Wisconsin’s last active lodge building. Learn why the Czech/Slovak people left the old country and why the lodges were so important to them in America. Discover the many different uses of the Bohemian Hall over the last century. See a demonstration on how to make the traditional Czech pastry kolache
and enjoy a lunch of traditional foods. Limit 100
Presenters: JoAnn Parks, Dana Carlson, and Jean Dressel
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 704-0937
Wednesday: May 8 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ZCBJ Bohemian Hall, 26054 135th Ave., Cadott (7 miles north of Cadott on State Hwy 27 at the intersection of 135th Ave.)
Cost: $12



50. History of the Northern Colony & “The Past Passed Here”
The Northern Colony (The Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled) was a self-sustaining community. David Gordon will talk about life at the Colony where his in-laws taught, how and why he developed the museum’s exhibit, and what he learned about the Colony and its impact on Chippewa County. After touring the museum, go to “The Past Passed Here,” a living history event depicting early Chippewa County, re-enacting the lives of fur traders, lumberjacks, and artisans with demonstrations and vendors.(More info at Limit: 30
Presenter: David Gordon, President of the Chippewa County Historical Society
Coordinator: Sally Felling (715) 704-0937
Friday: May 10 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Chippewa Area History Center, 12 Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10

About The Past Passed Here:

Located across the street and parking area from the Chippewa Area History Center

at Marshall Park, 5 Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls

Brought to you by the Chippewa County Historical Society, The Past Passed Here provides an educational and FUN experience for all. Learn how people in the Chippewa Valley lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  Re-enactors, in an authentic rendezvous setting, wear period clothing and live in 1800s-style camps, while portraying French fur traders, lumberjacks and Native Americans.

Experience a wide variety of demonstrators including blacksmiths, cast-iron cooking, fiber art making, fur traders and wood carvers. Hands-on activities include archery, cat and mouse balance game, canoe paddle race, flint and steel fire starting, lacrosse and tomahawk throwing. Enjoy live old-time music, old-fashioned food and shop for fur trade era treasures.

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