memory day 2013
Contact: Joan Jacobowski, 715-635-8346 x 429
Namekagon River Memory Day on July 18
ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Have you and your family ever canoed down the Namekagon or St. Croix rivers? Do you have stories to tell? Or are you interested in learning more about the rivers’ history? Come to the 6th Annual Memory Day hosted by the National Park Service at the Namekagon River Visitor Center on Thursday, July 18 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Please note the time changes from Press Release dated July 2, 2013.)
From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be an opportunity for people to reminisce, sharing photos and stories with park staff and other visitors. At 4:00 p.m. there will be a presentation by the Harrison Family, which for the last 50 years has held an annual family river trip. See images of how the river, the family, and gear have changed over the past 50 years.
A display of canoe trip photos and a few accounts of canoe trips will be on display. With permission, the stories and photos that the public shares will be added to this collection and 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 Riverway was and still is.
The Namekagon River Visitor Center is located on Highway 63, one mile east of Highway 53. Call 715-635-8346 ext. 429 for questions about Memory Day.
Did You Know?
Before the invention of refrigerators, people harvested ice from rivers and lakes in the winter and stored the ice, covered in sawdust, in buildings. An ice house, storing ice from the river, once stood near the site of the park headquarters for St. Croix NSR, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.