Namekagon River Memory Day

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Date: June 24, 2011
Contact: Joan Jacobowski, 715-635-8346, ext. 429

 Fourth Annual Namekagon River Memory Day

Have you or your family enjoyed the Namekagon River? Do you have stories to tell? Or are you interested in learning more about the river's history? Come to the Namekagon River Memory Day hosted by the National Park Service on Thursday, July 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Namekagon River Visitor Center in Trego, Wisconsin.

The public is invited to share stories that can be recorded, bring in photographs that can be scanned, and share knowledge of how places got their names.

In addition, the following speakers will be featured at this year's event.

Ron Erickson, former chief of interpretation and education for the Riverway and currently the manager of Minnesota Interstate State Park, will talk about his ranger experiences on the Namekagon in the early days of the park.

Clayton Jorgenson, road historian, will talk about the history of Namekagon landings in Burnett County and bridges dating back to the 1800s.

Chuck Matoush will speak about his days as the leader of the Youth Conservation Corps crew that created river landings all the way to Stillwater.

With permission, the stories and photos that the public shares will be used by the National Park Service to better tell the history of the river through programs, exhibits, brochures, and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's website.Stories can help today's visitors understand what a special place the Namekagon was and still is.Researchers can use the photos and stories to assist managers in making decisions.

The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located in Trego on Highway 63, one mile east of Highway 53.Call 715-635-8346, ext. 429 for questions about the Namekagon River Memory Day.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968.It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country that first received this recognition.For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the

Upper Midwest .

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