5 P.M. INTERVIEW: Irvine Park Book

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)— "Irvine Park: The Bear Facts", is now available for $20 from the Chippewa County Historical Society in Chippewa Falls.
To order by mail, send a $25 check payable to CCHS with “Irvine Park book” in the memo.
The book will also be available in Chippewa Falls, for a limited time, from:
- Chippewa Falls Area Senior Center, 1000 E. Grand Ave.
- Chippewa Falls Main Street, 514 N. Bridge St.;
- Chippewa Falls Parks and Rec. Office, City Hall, 2nd floor;
- Country Treasures, 216 N. Bridge St.;
- Dick's Chalet, 17415 Co. Why X;
- Foreign Five, 123 N. Bridge St.;
- Gordy's Market Downtown, 212 Bay St.;
- Gordy's Market Lake Wisota, 17158 Hwy J;
- SandBar & Grill, 17643 50th Ave.

In Eau Claire you can buy it at:
- Chippewa Valley Museum, Carson Park
- Volume One Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St.

News Release:
A new book detailing the 112-year history of Chippewa Falls’ iconic Irvine Park will help support the new Chippewa Area History Center.

Irvine Park (and smaller Chippewa Falls Parks) The Bear Facts tells the history of the park since William Irvine and the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company donated land for the park in 1906. Irvine Park is best known today for its zoo and the popular Christmas Village lighting display.

Authors Anne Keller, Donna Bourget and Jim Schuh describe all of Chippewa Falls’ parks, with rich details of their natural environments, history and growth. Their work is the result of about year of work researching, gathering recent and historic photos, and interviewing local residents about their memories and stories of the parks.

Last year, the authors released Lake Wissota, The Dam Story, marking the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the hydroelectric dam that created Lake Wissota. Proceeds from sales of both books will go to support a new Chippewa Area History Center that is in the planning stages.

“We hope our new book will help the community stay connected to its history both by keeping alive the rich memories associated with Chippewa Falls’ historic parks, and by supporting the History Center project, which will help preserve the stories of Chippewa County and the people who have called it home,” Schuh said.

The book will be available for $20 from the Chippewa County Historical Society, the Chippewa Falls Senior Center and Main Street office, Country Treasures, Foreign Five, Chippewa Falls Gordy’s Markets, Sand Bar & Grill, and the Volume One Local Store and Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire. To order by mail, send a $25 check payable to CCHS at 123 Allen St. Chippewa Falls with “Irvine Park book” in the memo.