Walking Tour of the Putnam Park State Natural Area
Thursday October 17th, 4:30-5:30
Putnam Park is one of the gems of UW-Eau Claire. A state natural area covering more than 200 acres, it began as gift to the city of Eau Claire in 1909 from H.C. Putnam, a lumber baron who wanted the parcel to remain in its undeveloped state (the city transferred ownership to the university in 1957). This tour will be an easy stroll through the northwest end of the park and is intended for those who would like to stretch their legs after registering for the conference, before any other conference activities get under way. It will feature an introduction to the geomorphic setting of the park (including a superb cliff-top view of the Chippewa River) and its biogeographic diversity (including some impressive red and white pines).
Where: The tour will begin on the east side of the Davis Student Center, facing Phillips Science Hall
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Walking Tour of Settlement Geography of Eau Claire
Friday October 18th, 4:45-5:45pm
This is a very, very short walking tour of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Eau Claire with an emphasis on site, situation, resource-based economy, institutional and neighborhood formation, and house styles by class.
Times: Tour starts on the east side of the new Davis Student Center, facing Phillips Science Hall
Cost: None; free historic guidebook included
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Contact: Ingolf Vogeler firstname.lastname@example.org