Storyteller’s tale to reveal life as a clammer’s wife

A century ago, people earned a living by clamming: searching for shells and, hopefully, pearls, in the Mississippi River.  The work of clammers not only has been documented in local history, but also led to our understanding of freshwater ecosystems.  Terry Visger, a well-known storyteller, will touch on both as she unravels the tale of “The Clammer’s Wife” at the La Crescent Area Historical Society’s Annual Meeting at Pine Creek Golf Course on Saturday, April 6

By telling the wife’s story, Visger will stitch together the facts about clamming with the rigors of daily life in a bygone era of American history.  An accomplished educator, Visger has been an entertaining storyteller for nearly 20 years.  She is a member of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners and is on the boards of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival; WISGET, a Wisconsin storytelling group; and the Northlands Storytelling Network.

Visger’s storytelling performance coincides with a digital project underway by the historical society to record and preserve the stories of people who grew up and lived in La Crescent.  Both the storytelling and the digital project reflect famed author Rudyard Kipling’s belief that “if history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

Social at 5:30 pm
Dinner: Catered sirloin tips dinner
Brief business meeting & vote on amended bylaws
 $17.50 per person 

Reservations by March 30

Learn more about Terry Visger by clicking on this link  Tales by Terry

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Oral History Project Underway

We continue to interview elders in the
La Crescent area
about their lives and legacies. 
We also make copies of the interview for each family.

Thanks to Don Hill, we now have a dvd duplicator!  A gift truly appreciated and put to immediate use.

Heritage House & Apple Museum
Over the winter we do not have “open” hours; instead, we are working to get the House ready to open again in the spring.
Please call us at 895-1857 to arrange a tour or to donate items.


We will be recognized and respected for preserving the cultural heritage
of the La Crescent area