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Historical Photos On Display|
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: April 27, 1999|
Margaret Hebbring and Rick St. Germaine go back a long way.
Not only have they known each other since they were teenagers growing up as Lac Court Oreilles tribal members, but their relatives four generations ago used to work with each other at a trading post in northern Wisconsin in the 1700s.
Now Hebbring, a graduate student and the American Indian student services coordinator in the American Ethnic Coordinating Office at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and St. Germaine, a professor of history, are working together on a research project to document historical photographs of their tribe continuing the legacy of friendship between their families that's centuries old.
"It's an amazing coincidence," Hebbring said, running her finger down a handwritten family tree record hanging on her office wall. "Our distant relatives worked together and now look at us. Who would have known?"
The two are working to collect, archive and preserve historic photographs of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe so others can become educated about northern Wisconsin American Indians.
About 20 of the photographs the two have collected, which are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and range in content from portraits to various cultural activities, will be displayed until the end of April in the UW-Eau Claire library lobby as part of Native American Awareness week.
"We want to educate as many people as we can on the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe," she said of the project and display. "This is a good way for people to learn about our history."
St. Germaine, who has collected more than 300 Lac Courte Oreilles photographs since 1970 and plans to give them to the tribe someday, said the display will help people understand the historical heritage of tribal people in northern Wisconsin.
"They have contributed in many ways to the development of Wisconsin," he said. "This display helps illustrate this."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 27, 1999