• The Hmong: From Laos to Ban Vinai Refugee Camp

    Though relative newcomers to this area, the Hmong have become significant contributors to Marathon County. From slash and burn agriculture in the mountains of Laos to the modern local culture, these neighbors have traveled far, both in distance and in culture.
    To learn more, History Speaks in Marathon presents “The Hmong: From Laos to Ban Vinai Refugee Camp” at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Marathon Heritage Center, 301 Main St., Marathon. Our speaker is Rick Lohr, an avid traveler and former history teacher.
    Rick Lohr traveled to Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in 1989 and 1990. He later traveled to Hmong villages in the mountains of Laos, in 1999 and 2000. In his presentation, Rick will describe Hmong culture in Laos, and the effects of war there leading masses of people to flee across the Mekong River into Thailand. These refugees were housed in Ban Vinai Refugee Camp under the direction of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
    Rick Lohr holds a master’s degree in teaching, with concentration in East Asian history in the 20th century. He taught World History at Wausau West High School for 16 years and taught at Newman Catholic High School for three years. He is a frequent speaker locally on historical and environmental topics.
    This talk is free and open to the public. All donations are appreciated. Registration is not required.
    This presentation is part of the History Speaks in Your Town series presented by the Marathon County Historical Society and the Continuing Education office of UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.
    The Historical Society is grateful to the Murco Foundation and the Larry and Elsie Lohr Fund for their support for History Speaks In Your Town.
    For more information, please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.

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