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Clear Waters and Good People

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008.

Facilitators Quentin Weld and Naomi Greene packed their warm winter clothing and headed to Eau Claire, WI last week for a Memory Loss Initiative Door-to-Door. Naomi and Quentin spent two days at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center conducting interviews with some of Eau Claire’s natives.

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Paula Gibson (L) and Facilitator Naomi Greene (R) in front of legendary lumberjack, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe.

Eau Claire, which means “clear water” in French, lives up to it name with lovely views of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers. However, the city’s people make Eau Claire a special place. Our participants recounted their favorite memories growing up on their family’s farm. We loved hearing stories about tilling the soil, raising runt pigs and even making ‘white lightning’ for the field hands. A special thanks to our host, Paula Gibson, of Harbor House, for bringing StoryCorps to Eau Claire to capture these memories.

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