The Chippewa Valley Museum is bringing an entirely new dimension to their upcoming exhibit Changing Currents: Reinventing the Chippewa Valley with their new Changing Currents blog (here and here). Each month leading up to the December grand opening of the exhibit, there will be a series of posts previewing a piece of Chippewa Valley history to be explored in each of the exhibit’s six sections – all of it intended to give readers a sneak peak of what’s to come. Posts will cover a variety of topics, ranging from trading rights to natural disasters, and each one promises to be uniquely surprising and compelling.
John Vanek, editor at the Chippewa Valley Museum, said the goal of the blog is to engage locals in the history of our community and to get people excited about the new exhibit. “The stories we’ve selected are ones that we think are interesting in and of themselves,” he said. “They’re the kind of history stories that are fun to read.”
The stories told are those of real people throughout the history of our region, about how they lived their fascinating, dramatic, and relatable lives (not so unlike our own). And who knows? Maybe in a hundred years, future Chippewa Vallians will be reading about your story in a museum exhibit.
Just like an über self-consious, middle school version of yourself, there will always be a part of all Wisconsinites secretly wondering what other people are saying about us. And just like the rumor mill did in middle-school, the internet makes it all too easy to find out. As a service to all our state’s citizens, I trolled through Yahoo Answers and pulled a sampling of Wisconsin related-questions and highlights from the answers. Take a deep breath and read for yourself ...
A: “We live on beer, cheese and deer sausage. If that's not your cup of tea, stay where you are.” | “Highest bar to church ratio in the U.S.” | “Like Wisconsin but would not want to live there. It is just too darn cold”
A: “It's because Wisconsin is so close to Canada. And Canadians are definitely weird.” | “You have had a few serial killers come from over there. Guys who like to eat people and do things with their skin. Maybe that's where it comes from.” | “Honey, I live in Wisconsin and it IS weird”
A: “It’s a fair question to ask.”
A: “No.” | “Nope.” | “You may be confusing it with Texas…”
A: “Yooper dialect” | “Watch the movie Fargo.” | “I hate to say it, but the Midwest has the ugliest sounding accent.” | “Calling leftovers in a casserole with mushroom soup poured over it 'hotdish.'”
A: “Except for the wedges of cheese on their heads, people in Wisconsin dress normally.”| “You thinking we would wear overalls?” | “Everyone dresses like a lumberjack.”
Keep reading for 4 more questions ...