PIECES OF OUR HISTORY: C.V. Museum Continues ‘Collecting the Valley’ Series

series explores Eau Claire in the year of its birth as well as the 1930s

Matthew Baughman |

COLLECTING OUR HISTORY. 1800s era image of Eau Claire buildings, part of the
COLLECTING OUR HISTORY. This 19th-century image of Eau Claire buildings is part of the "Living in Eau Claire in 1872" presentation, an element of the Collecting the Valley series. (Contributed photos)

The Chippewa Valley Museum is looking back a century and a half for a sharing of collections and exhibit-based programs  celebrating the Valley.

The “Collecting the Valley” series features a number of  presentations and events at 6:30pm on the third Tuesday of every month through January. (The series began Nov. 15 with the presentation “Rosenkrans Magazine: The Truth as We See It” by Archivist Jodi Kiffmeyer.)

On Dec. 20, come see the “Living in Eau Claire in 1872” talk, which will look at the people, places, and projects that have significantly impacted this city since the beginning. Curator of Collections Diana Peterson will look at fascinating documentation that draws us back to Eau Claire’s official dawn in 1872. This presentation pairs with the CVM’s Then & Now: 150 Years of Change in Eau Claire exhibit, which is available for viewing through Dec. 31.

An image of a portion of the display for
An image of a portion of the display for "All Aboard: 1930s Eau Claire and the Milwaukee Road Railroad."

On Jan. 17, come see the “All Aboard: 1930s Eau Claire and the Milwaukee Road Railroad” talk,  which harkens back to the early 20th century with a 1:87 model set displaying historic 1930s Eau Claire. Model railroader John Suppon explores an interactive railroad exhibit at the CVM which is located at the end of their on-going Changing Currents exhibit.

The live presentations are exclusive to the dates listed, but the CVM has an offer of a Full Series package for $25 that contains recordings of live presentations through April 17, 2023. The package will also allow purchasers to attend the performances live or via Zoom. Registration for the Full Series will remain open on their webpage through Jan. 17 at 7:20pm, allowing opportunities for live and replays of past events.

For more information on registration and details on any of the mentioned events, go to cvmuseum.com. $10 program registration is available for purchase online.

Eau Claire 150th is presented by:

Market & Johnson
EST. 1948
2350 Galloway St.
Eau Claire, WI

Founding Stories

Founding Stories

Celebrating the respected and long-running local businesses that grew with this community through our 150 years