New book highlights history of Irvine Park

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Over a century of history is being conveyed by the turn of a page, and it can all be found in a new book “Irvine Park and Smaller Chippewa Falls Parks, The Bear Facts.”

Irvine Park is known for its zoo and popular Christmas Village display. This new book aims to detail the park for its nature, history and growth.

The book took about one year for authors Jim Schuh, Donna Bourget and Anne Keller to put together.

The three have written a book together before. Last year they released, “Lake Wissota, the Dam Story” as a fundraiser for the new history center in Chippewa Falls.

They say that book was so successful they were inspired to write another, picking Irvine because of the park’s popularity. 

“I think it’s going to bring back a lot of memories from people’s childhood, family reunions, picnic, school trips here, a lot of memories at the zoo,” Schuh said.

The three said they had a lot of fun not only writing the book, but learning so much about the history of the park.

There’s also a couple surprises in the book, but we wouldn’t want to spoil those!

The book is expected to be released early next week.

Book release events including author signings will be held Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m. Chippewa Falls Public Library; Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m. Sand Bar & Grill; Oct. 22, 3-4:30 p.m., Chippewa Manor; Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m. Wissota Place; and Nov. 14, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Chippewa Falls Senior Center.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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