Winchester Academy’s mission is to enrich the community by providing free, intellectually stimulating, informative, and engaging programs.

The name "Winchester Academy" implies a building and physical structure, but there is none. The Academy is a voluntary organization with a Board of Trustees comprised of area citizens that fosters lifelong learning based on ideas originating in Scandinavian folk academies. The Academy offers, on average, twenty-five programs annually. There is no membership required for attendance at programs. All are FREE of charge and open to the general public. Programs are usually held at the Waupaca Area Public Library on Monday evenings at 6:30. Other venues and days of the week are occasionally used for special seminars and musical programs (e.g., churches, or other sites that can accommodate larger crowds). Some programs might include controversial subject matter, but the Academy takes no position and seeks to provide balanced and reliable information.

Winchester Academy's Summer Lecture Series 
will begin on June 13, 2022.
More information will be available soon.

June 13, 2022

  • Library Downstairs Meeting Rooms,
    107 S Main St. Waupaca


The Chemistry of Paint Drying: It's more Fascinating than it sounds!

Allison Fleshman, PhD, is an associate professor of Chemistry at Lawrence University. Allison has always loved the arts, so a fun side project of hers is identifying the chemical composition of pigments and inks in medieval manuscripts. She also teaches the chemistry of art to non-chemistry majors. Paintings embody human expression, but they also encompass quite a bit of chemistry. From the optical properties of varnish, to the pigments that produce vivid colors, Allison will take you on a chemical adventure into the captivating world of oil paintings. She has spent many years watching paint dry, and assures you, it is quite a fascinating endeavor!

Please thank Ann and Vance Linden for sponsoring this program.


June 20, 2022

  • Library Downstairs Meeting Rooms,
    107 S Main St. Waupaca


How the Center for Dairy Research supports WIsconsin's Dairy Industry

The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research is the largest dairy center in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Established in 1986 on the University of Wisconsin campus, The CDR works with dairy processors, packagers, marketers, retailers, food service operations and other users of dairy products to strengthen this vital industry in Wisconsin. By doing so, we contribute to dairy farmers success through increasing the demand for their milk and maximizing the revenue that their dairy products generate which translates into bigger milk checks for dairy farmers.

Speaker Dean Sommer has worked at the Center for Dairy Research for the last 19 years, serving as a technical resource to Wisconsin cheese manufacturers and their customers. Dean obtained a MS degree in Food Science from UW-Madison.




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