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Historical Calendar Commemorates Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial
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MAILED: February 25, 1998

EAU CLAIRE -- Did you know that in 1901 a circus elephant was struck by lightning and buried near Garfield Avenue? Or that Abbott and Costello sold war bonds in Eau Claire in 1942?
These bits of information are among the hundreds of facts found in the Chippewa Valley Historical Calendar that commemorates Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial. The calendar was put together by Larry Lynch, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire archivist; Bonni Knight, a French teacher at North High School, and Jon Tulman, of the Eau Claire County Planning office.
Tulman coordinated the project, while Lynch worked as general editor. Knight did a majority of the research. Also involved with layout was Jill Petzke, who is a layout designer at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
The group began planning for the calendar early last summer, and it was finished in November, Lynch said. The funding for the calendar came from a variety of governmental agencies and area businesses.
The calendar includes historic facts about the Chippewa Valley and contains 46 photos, which were obtained mostly from the Chippewa Valley Museum. More than 5,000 photos were looked at in making the selection, Lynch said.
"We wanted to include as many photos as possible without making it look cluttered," Lynch said.
Each month ties the photos to a general theme, and historical events are located on the dates they occurred with the year noted. Each month's name is written in a second language and the significance of the language in Chippewa Valley history is explained.
A chronological timeline of events not associated with a specific day is located in the back of the calendar. One of the earliest dates that involves the Chippewa Valley is 1767 when Jonathan Carver ascended the "Chipeway" River to Lac Courte Oreilles.
More than 16,000 copies were printed and distributed to such places UW-Eau Claire, local chambers of commerce, and public libraries around the Chippewa Valley.


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Updated: April 3, 1998