Bringing music history back to life

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- There’s no question that music history in the Chippewa Valley runs deep. In 2018, we’ll have the Blue Ox Music Festival, Eaux Claires, Rock Fest, Country Fest, and Country Jam. But, when did the area become such a hotspot for music? Much of our musical past has been lost in translation, but now there's an effort to change that.

UW-Eau Claire Seniors Lizzy Schmidt and Karyssa Gulish are among the students involved in this weekend’s Sounds of Eau Claire History Harvest. It’s a new event created by the UWEC History Department, the Special Collection and Archives Department at McIntyre Library and the Chippewa Valley Museum. The object is to have members of the community bring musical artifacts, documents, items and stories to the CVM and have them digitized.

“We want to know how people, regular people, interacted with music 40 or 50 years ago,” Schmidt said.

Gulish added, “You don't get this chance every day, to tell your story, document it, and share it with other people who want to listen.”

To learn more about the Sounds of Eau Claire History Harvest, watch the videos above. The details can be found below.

Sounds of Eau Claire History Harvest
Saturday, March 3rd
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Museum
Bring: Objects, documents, photographs and other items

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