Bridges to the Past

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to education and preservation of our shared human history through the skills of our ancestors. We are based in rural northeastern Washington State near the town of Chewelah, and currently focus our efforts on 2 annual events: Between the Rivers Gathering and the North Columbia Knap-In, demonstrations for the local schools & special groups, and workshops for the community. We also teach workshops at primitive skills gatherings and living history events in other areas whenever we are able.

We invite you to use this website to follow our activities and find opportunities to become personally involved in the dream that is Bridges to the Past. We hope that it will help to introduce you to your past, lend stability to the present, and grant confidence in the
future. Join us in the journey of discovering our roots- the ancient ways and skills that help define who we are.
Bridges to the Past is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, and we are currently raising funds. Donations and pledges are always welcome!
To find out who we are and what we do, and have done, please use the side navigation bar, or click the following links:
Chewelah Elementary School Kids with a hand-carved mask

~skills for self-sufficiency~
Each Spring at the end of May, Chewelah, Washington
Come camp with us and learn in an immersion setting! 
Registration Starts January 1st each year

If you are interested in learning more, or finding out how you can help, please contact us by email:
Patrick Farneman:

Kenny Rindlisbacher:

or write to us at:
Bridges to the Past
Valley, WA 99181

Bridges to the past is a 501(c)(3) public charity - donations are always welcome and help to fund our efforts.
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Some Buckskin - hand tanned the old way.