Bridges to the Past

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to education and preservation of our shared human history through the skills and arts of our ancestors. We are based in rural northeastern Washington State near the town of Chewelah, and currently focus our efforts on our annual event: Between the Rivers Gathering .   We also teach workshops at primitive skills gatherings and living history events in other areas, and do demonstrations for school groups and teach community workshops 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:


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) nonprofit charity - donations are always welcome and help to fund our efforts.
Donate with Paypal using this email address:
Some Buckskin - hand tanned the old way.

If you would like to join the ranks of one of our beloved benefactors, there are some projects we are currently working on that we can use financial help with:

Wish List:

We are currently accepting donations for our wish list items to help with the development of our new 40 acre campus.
Well Drilling - $12,000 remaining (22,000 raised!)
Water system - $25,000Remaining Road Work - $5,000
Toilets - $6,500 per unit of 4
Property fence - $12,000