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Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff

...a year of events celebrating the City of Chippewa Falls

  • Mon, Mar 25, 20196:00 pm Tickets

    No cost for admission.

Can you say sesquicentennial (sĕsˌkwĭ-sĕn-tĕnˈē-əl)? You don’t have to be able to pronounce it, much less spell it, but you sure can celebrate it as we mark the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Chippewa Falls.

Join us at the Heyde Center for the Arts and take a step back in time as the Wayward Players, dressed in period costume, sing songs from CHIPPEWA FALLS 1869: THE MUSICAL on the same date that the proclamation that founded the city was signed – March 25. Browse through historic photographs, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, and talk with city officials and historians about the past, present and future of Chippewa Falls. The Chippewa County Historical Society will have books about Chippewa Falls on sale, a table and display of artifacts from the early 1800s, fur trade re-enactors from the Past Passed Here, and more. The Chippewa County Genealogy Society will be on hand with insights on many of the city's founding families.

At 7:00 p.m. a formal program will be held in the Heyde Center auditorium starting with two songs by the Wayward Players, followed by a brief speech by the Mayor of Chippewa Falls, and finally the delivery of the proclamation to Doug Richter, the great-grandson of William Irvine, who will be the Grand Marshal of the August 10, 2019 Pure Water Days Parade in downtown Chippewa Falls. The sesquicentennial celebration will continue throughout the year. No cost for admission.