Winchester Academy will launch its 2015 Winter/Spring series of nine programs at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
The series includes an evening celebrating Winchester Academy’s historic 600th Monday evening program, as well as a program in collaboration with Waupaca Book Fest.
• Feb. 16 – Diane Bywaters, UW-Stevens Point painter and professor of art, will present “A Journey in Art, Nature, and Spirituality.”
• Feb. 23 – Crispin Pierce, UW-Eau Claire professor and director of environmental public health, will discuss “What’s in the Air Around Frac Sand Plants?” This is the second program of a three-part series on frac sand mining.
• March 9 – Terrance Gerlach, retired project chief with the U.S. Geological Survey, will explain “Volcanic Versus Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions.”
• March 16 – Joe Niese, author and baseball researcher, will present “From the Farm to the Big Leagues: Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko.” This program is a joint collaboration with Waupaca Book Fest.
• March 30 – Laurann Gilbertson, curator of the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, will discuss “In Trunks, Hands and Hearts: What Norwegian Immigrants Brought to the U.S.”
• April 6 – Scott Emmert, UW-Fox Valley professor, will present “American Writers Remember the First World War.” This evening celebrates Winchester Academy’s 600th Monday evening program.
• April 20 – Dr. Frederick Stoddard, chief of psychiatry, Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, will speak on “Psychiatric Interventions after Mass Disasters.”
• April 27 – Brett Barker, bird watcher and professor of history at UW-Marathon, will discuss “Audubon and the Birds of America.”
• May 4 – John Christensen, retired Minnesota library director, will speak on “A President, a Bishop, and the Fate of 300 Sioux Warriors.”
Winchester Academy is a non-profit Waupaca organization administered by a volunteer board. Through financial support from individual donors, Winchester brings engaging, informative and educational programs to the community on a wide range of topics from art to zoology. It also gives scholars and other specialists a forum for sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise.
Free and open to the public, Winchester Academy programs are held on Monday evenings in the downstairs meeting rooms at the Waupaca Area Public Library. The doors open at 6 p.m., with coffee and cookies served until the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Programs last about an hour, with opportunities for questions and discussion. The site is handicapped accessible.