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"Past Passed Here" gives youths a hands-on history lesson


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Chippewa Falls fourth graders are getting a hands-on history lesson thanks to members of the Chippewa County Historical Society. This week, kids were able to see how the area's first settlers lived their lives by visiting the 10th annual "Past Passed Here" event in Allen Park.

"I always tell people the more you know about the past, maybe you can understand the future better," said Dan Winrich, who works as a Dutchman Forge during the event.

It is a lesson that hits home to the hundreds of Chippewa Falls fourth graders.

They've spent the week learning how work, and play, were different decades ago.

"It's so surprising how most people have been growing up with internet and they've been inside playing games instead of outside playing with nature," said Greta Hansen, a 4th Grader at Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls.

"Half the kids that grew up had a stick to play with, and they had ropes, and stumps," Hansen added.

Students were able to participate in activities from the past.

"We split them up and do round robin classroom work with all of them. You're going to learn logging, you're going to learn hawk throwing, and you're going to learn pie cooking. Anything you could want to learn, it's going to be done right here," explained Teri Stahr of the Chippewa County Historical Society.

Each year the Chippewa County Historical Society hosts "The Past Passed Here to give the community a glimpse of what life used to be like.

It's hard to imagine now, but most items that were used on a daily basis were made by hand.

"In every little town, when they first started, one of the first things they had was a blacksmith that would come in and make things for them. Whether the fur trade, or the saw mill, the blacksmith went with them," Winrich said.

"Everyone has a history, and it's just nice to know what's in your history," said Stahr.

The event is open Sunday in Chippewa Falls from 9 p.m. until 1 p.m.

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