Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sounds of Eau Claire History Harvest Was a Big Success



Article written by Lizzy Schmidt and Karyssa Gulish, UW-Eau Claire Public History Students


Eau Claire has identified itself as the Music Capital of the North as a response to the musical renaissance that the region has found itself in. As a result, we are in a moment in Eau Claire history where music and arts are becoming very important to our sense of identity. As historians we do not have the primary sources that we need to properly study and research the music in the area. From this, the Sounds of Eau Claire project was created.

In the spring of 2017 students from the Introduction to Public History course completed the first round of oral histories that documented stories from local music legends. These included Jazz professor Bob Baca, festival organizer Jim Bischel, and Blugold radio manager Scott Morfitt. Students researched, interviewed, and transcribed the conversations with the narrator. These histories were later turned into podcasts that were broadcast to the public on Blugold radio. The interviews were donated to Special Collections and Archives in McIntyre Library and are open to the public for research.

These oral histories were just the tip of the iceberg for the Sounds of Eau Claire, this sparked not only another semester of oral histories but the History Harvest event that was held on March 3, 2018 at the Chippewa Valley Museum. This event aimed to digitize the hidden gems of Eau Claire’s musical past. These hidden gems included instruments, programs, scrapbooks, and other musical memorabilia. The Special Collections and Archives has partnered with the UWEC history department to collect and digitize these various items that came to us through the History Harvest. Led by Dr. Dan Ott with assistance by Archivist Greg Kocken, Students in the Public History Seminar course were trained to digitize these treasures as well as collect metadata about the objects. This allows for students to get real life experience with actual Public History work, this kind of project is not often found at a university of Eau Claire’s size.

Aside from the digitization process, the day featured various speakers and performers. Including: "Oclare/Eaux Claires, Faux Claire/Eau Claire: Music and the Imagination of an Upper Midwestern Community" with UW-Madison folklorist Dr. James P. Leary; Live Music with Bob & Bernie Cynor;  a Panel Discussion: Echoes of Eau Claire with Cathy; Reitz, Dr. Gretchen Peters, Dr. Nick Poss, and Nick Meyer; Live Music with Nick Seeger; and University Roots in the Chippewa Valley Music Scene with UWEC Music Department chair Dr. Gretchen Peters. These speakers and performers made this event not just for donors but allowed for the community to connect with the history and culture of Eau Claire.

This is funded by in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

4th Annual Backgammon Tournament To Be Held at McIntyre Library April 7

Backgammon Set
McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 4th annual Eau Claire backgammon tournament on April 7 starting at 1 pm. The tournament, which is FREE and open to UW-Eau Claire students and all residents of the Chippewa Valley is for beginners and experienced players alike.

How the tournament works
Backgammon Bracket
The tournament will have a maximum of 32 players (two sixteen team brackets).  
Registration is required to enter the tournament.

Location
McIntyre Library will host all rounds of the tournament and is located on the UW-Eau Claire campus at 105 Garfield Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54702.  Parking at UW-Eau Claire is free on the weekends.  Please consult this map (PDF) for location information.  Suggested locations to park are the Phillips Lot or Hibbard Lot.


Registration
Registration is FREE and is required to participate in the tournament.  To register send an email indicating your interest in participating to Hans Kishel, UW-Eau Claire librarian: kishelhf@uwec.edu.

Please register no later than April 4, 2018.  If space is available registrants will be taken on day of tournament.

Questions should be directed to Hans Kishel (kishelhf@uwec.edu, 715-836-2959).

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Community Read of Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy Book Cover
McIntyre Library and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library have teamed up to host a reading program entitled "One Book, One Community." This program will feature a handful of events in which participants will read and discuss J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, and students are invited to read the book and join the discussion on campus on April 9 at noon in CETL (OL 1142). Additional programs will be held throughout the week at the Eau Claire Public Library.

McIntyre Library will be giving away copies of the book to the first 15 registrants. To register contact Eric Jennings (jenninge@uwec.edu).

About the Program
One Book, One Community is a reading program designed to encourage literacy and civic involvement by reading a single book which highlights issues relevant to our community. This collaboration is for all members of the UW-Eau Claire (students, faculty, staff) and greater Eau Claire community.

About the Book
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a memoir about the Appalachian values of the Vance's upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. The author reflects on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family.

The book has received high praise from a variety of sources. This #1 New York Times Best Seller was listed as one of six books to help understand Trump's election. The Economist said "You will not read a more important book about America this year." Christianity Today remarked "The troubles of the working poor are well known to policymakers, but Vance offers an insider’s view of the problem.”

Program Listing 
  • Monday, April 9, noon-1 pm (CETL, UW-Eau Claire): Book Discussion
  • Monday, April 9, 6 -7:30 pm (L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library): More than Meth: A Town Hall Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 11, 6 -7:30 pm (L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library): The Past, Present, and Future of "Fake News" 
  • Friday, April 13, 5:30 -7:30 pm (The Plus): Civic Lab: Table Talk
  • Saturday, April 14, 1 -2:30 pm (L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library): Adverse Childhood Experiences: Translating Evidence into Action

Monday, January 01, 2018

Winterim Library Hours (1/2/18 - 1/28/18)

During Winterim McIntyre Library is open Monday-Friday, 8 am - 6 pm and closed on weekends.

The library is closed on January 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and will close early on January 26 for the end of Winterim classes.

Spring semester hours begin on Monday, January 29.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Winter Break Library Hours (12/22 - 1/2/18)

McIntyre Library will be open reduced hours at the end of finals week through the beginning of the new year. The hours are as follows

  • Friday, December 22: Open Continuously Until 7 pm
  • Saturday, December 23: CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 26: 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27: 8 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Thursday, December 28: 8 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Friday, December 29: 8 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Saturday, December 30: CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 31: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 1, 2018: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018: 8 am - 6 pm 
McIntyre Library's Winterim hours start on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - January 28, 2018. The library will be open 8 am - 6 pm during the week and closed on weekends.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Therapy Dog Schedule, Pancakes w/ Chancellor Schmidt & other finals activities

Therapy Dogs will be visiting McIntyre Library the week before and of finals week the following times
  • Monday, December 11
    • 5-6 pm: Nelson the Goldendoodle
    • 6-7 pm: Jada the Red Lab
  • Tuesday, December 12
    • 5-6 pm: Yoda and Flash the Border Collies
    • 6-7 pm: Bella & Kelsey the Golden Retrievers
  • Sunday, December 17
    • 2-3 pm: Fritz the Tibetan Terrier
    • 5-6 pm: Emma the Shih-tzu
  • Monday, December 18
    • 5-6 pm Nelson the Goldendoodle
  • Tuesday, December 19
    • 2-3 pm Bumble the Great Pyrenees
    • 4-5 pm Jada the Red Lab
  • Wednesday, December 20
    • 6-7 pm: Emma the Shih-tzu
  • Thursday, December 21
    • 11 am - 1 pm: Fran the Yellow Lab and Luna the Yellow Lab/Golden Retriever mix
Please check back to this schedule as it is likely to change as therapy dogs continue to get added to the schedule.

McIntyre Library is happy to have Chancellor Jim back at his electric griddle to help the library make pancakes for students studying hard during finals week. Our biannual event will take place on Monday, December 18 from 8-10 pm with free pancakes!

The Student Wellness Advocacy Team is planning their relaxation station (doing stress ball making, coloring, and handing out fruit) for Sunday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 19 from 5-8 pm.





Monday, December 04, 2017

Pre-finals and Finals Week Hours (12/10 - 12/25)

McIntyre Library will be open extended hours the week before and of finals week. The hours are as follows
  • Sunday, December 10: 11 am - 1 am
  • Monday, December 11: 7 am - Open 24 hrs.
  • Tuesday, December 12: Open 24 hrs.
  • Wednesday, December 13: Open 24 hrs.
  • Thursday, December 14: Open 24 hrs.
  • Friday, December 15: Open until Midnight
  • Saturday, December 16: 7:30 am - Midnight

  • Sunday, December 17: 7:30 am - Open 24 hrs.
  • Monday, December 18: Open 24 hrs.
  • Tuesday, December 19: Open 24 hrs.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Open 24 hrs.
  • Thursday, December 21: Open 24 hrs.
  • Friday, December 22: Open until 7 pm
  • Saturday, December 23: CLOSED

  • Sunday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 25: CLOSED 
McIntyre Library will be open reduced hours December 26-29 from 8 am - 4:30 pm and closed December 30-January 1.