Belgian Heritage Center Grand Opening Saturday

The grand opening of historical exhibits at the Belgian Heritage Center in Namur Saturday marks the culmination of a long-held goal. The exhibits tell the settlement story of the thousands of Belgians who came to northeastern Wisconsin in the mid-1800’s. Ann Jinkins says they represent several years of planning, research and fundraising…

The interpretive displays were created by local historians assisted by professional exhibit design teams from Green Bay and Arden Hills, Minnesota. Jinkins says the search continues for more examples of Belgian life in the region…

The grand opening celebration, from 10AM-4PM, features a ribbon-cutting ceremony by board president Bill Chaudoir and two speakers, Sally Chisholm recounting the great fire of 1871 and UW Eau Claire professor Kelly Biers with a presentation on the Walloon language preservation project. Following, the grand opening, the facility will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and by appointment. The Belgian Heritage Center is located in the former Saint Mary of the Snows Church at 1255 County DK in Namur. For more information visit

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