Eau Claire Memorial students interview locals who lived during the 1950s

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Some Eau Claire high school students got a history less of a lifetime on Wednesday, from the very people who lived it.

“Two dips was 10 cents,” said Harold “Diz” Kronenberg, World War II veteran. “Now you have to pay, what, $2.50 or $3 for an ice cream cone? Jeez. Unbelievable.”

Thirty locals who lived during the 1950s shared their stories with students during Eau Claire Memorial’s 1950s Interview Day. Teachers said the day in invaluable, because it connects the community with the school, and the students with a primary source of their history.

“I think the students are actually surprised by how much they enjoy today,” said Dan Roehl, U.S. history teacher. “I encourage them to see people as stories. Everybody has got a story and it seems the older you get the better the stories, the more interesting the stories.”

Roehl said some of the topics discussed included pop culture, the Red Scare, duck and cover, fear of the hydrogen bomb, slang of the 1950s and even Sputnik.

Shannon Hoyt

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