Brian Gabriel ’68 has started an oral history business in Menomonie called Remember When. The UW-Eau Claire political science graduate, who minored in history, is on the board of the Dunn County Historical Society and has served on the Menomonie City Council for three years.
“Back in 2005, my son, Evan, wanted to explore areas around the Chippewa River where there used to be a sawmill, and I got the history bug again,” Gabriel said. “I decided to buy a camera, and we’ve been doing productions ever since.”
The two began with a documentary on the Meridean Ferry and continued producing videos with their historical narrative based on research of the Meridean and lower Chippewa River area. When others became interested in their productions, they began giving presentations and selling DVDs. Part of Gabriel’s new business involves collecting oral histories. He interviews people who used to live in the area and collects their vintage photos to help build a story of turn-of-the-century Dunn County, mostly in Peru Township.
Gabriel lives in Menomonie with his wife, Norma, and is available for presentations and oral histories. He can be reached at email@example.com