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Chippewa Falls hosts 12th The Past Passed Here


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Chippewa Falls hosted the The Past Passed Here to give a look back at the Chippewa Valley during in the 1700s.

The 12th annual event had plenty of activities for kids and those young at heart, including riding bison, throwing tomahawks, and racing canoe paddles.

Coordinators said games weren't the only entertainment.

"I think history is a good thing for anybody, but it can be a lot of fun to see what life was like," The Past Passed Here Co-Chair Jim Schuh said.

Re-enactors from across the midwest represented French fur traders, lumberjacks, and Native Americans. Re-enactor Tim Metzger's family gave him a close connection to the past.

"Way back on my mother's side was an Ojibwa woman," Metzger said. "I used to listen to her talk about family gatherings when I was a kid, and it kind of stuck."

Metzger has traveled to several historical events to share Native American history. He said it is a way to pass the culture down to school children.

Over 600 fourth graders see the site each year, and some even stop back on weekends.

"In school, we're learning about the Revolutionary War, and we're doing research writing," Brennan Trowbridge of Eau Clair said. "We came to learn a little bit more about it."

Metzger said students ask him questions of all kinds, and have been intrigued with the weaponry, pottery, and old games.

"When they get a chance to play these games that don't involve electronics, it's kind of refreshing," Metzger said. "And it adds some perspective about if you want hot water, first you have to find wood. You have to find the water. Then you have to get the fire started."

The event showcased the hard work and little play that helped make the Chippewa Valley what it is today.

The Past Passed will be open to the public Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m.

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