OUR MISSION

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.

February 7, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

Cultivating Creativity as We Age:
Resisting the Pull of Apathy

Rev. Thomas Aldworth, PhD, presents strategies for cultivating creativity as found in the seminal work of the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, especially his books Flow, Finding Flow and Creativity. Aging inevitably leads to a diminishing of physical abilities but aging does not necessarily lead to a diminishing in imagination and creativity. Aldworth will explore pathways that lead to flow and enhanced creativity.
 

  • Sue Martin and Brenda Wenberg co-sponsored this program

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February 21, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

Watching Paint Dry:
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!
 

  • Vance and Ann Linden are the program sponsors.

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March 7, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

A Journey Around the World through the Eyes of International Schools: A First-Hand Account

Colin Mitchell, PhD, a native of New Jersey, and Jenny Mitchell, EdD, from the Green Bay area, met in Tunisia nine years ago. Jenny taught on five different continents in a variety of schools. Colin, a former head of international business development joined Jenny on her journey with stops in Europe and Africa. They have visited over 70 different countries in 15 years abroad. Listen as they discuss differences in international schools as they hop from one unique cultural experience to the next from a first post in Colombia to traveling around South East Asia via Singapore; from living on the Rhine in Germany to the Nile in Sudan. Each school provides a unique perspective on the world and the globalization of education.

 

  • Anita and Bob Olson sponsored this program.

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March 21, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

“I will always be somebody.”:Dr. Mary Walker,
the Civil War, and the Fight for Women’s Rights

Theresa Kaminski, PhD is professor emerita of history from UWSP. Dr. Mary Edwards Walker always wanted to be somebody. During the 19th century, that was an unusual ambition for a woman. But Walker was an unusual woman. She wore trousers, graduated from medical school, and in 1861 offered her services to the United States Army. Four years later, President Andrew Johnson awarded Dr. Walker the Medal of Honor for her incomparable medical service rendered during the Civil War. She remains the only woman to receive that recognition. After the war, Mary Walker dedicated her life to the women’s suffrage movement, frequently clashing with its established leadership over ideology and tactics.

  • Our late, former trustee Joan Wasserberg sponsored this program.

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March 28, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women:
A Historical and Personal Perspective

Andrea Lemke-Rochon, a member of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) WI State Task Force, will share a personal and historic perspective about this tragic epidemic that impacts native families at alarmingly high rates. She speaks in memory of her cousin, Rae Elaine Tourtillott, who was murdered on the Menominee Indian Reservation when Tourtillott was just 18 years of age. Come and learn how you might help advocate for justice and change for Native women and girls in Wisconsin.

  • St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church is the program sponsor.

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April 11, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

Insect Borne Diseases

Xia Lee is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease with a strong interest in the ecological dynamics of tick-borne disease. He directed a project with collaborators to investigate the effectiveness of host targeted acaricides in reducing ticks and the prevalence of the Lyme disease agent in questing ticks. This project utilized permethrin treated cotton balls that would be gathered and used as nesting material by white-footed mice to reduce tick burdens. For his PhD dissertation, he studied the host-seeking behavior of the blacklegged tick through repeated collections over a period of 24 hours. He has also collaborated with the Mayo Clinic investigating two newly emerging disease pathogens, Erhlicia muris eauclairensis and Borrelia mayonii.

 

  • Kate & Mark Saunders are the program sponsors.​​

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April 25, 2022
6:00PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

A Durable Dane: The Eddy Hanson Story

A mini-drama written and narrated by Pat Phair with musical accompaniment by Linda Harmon. A master of the keyboard, a composer and musical performer, Waupaca native Eddy Hanson spent the better part of seven decades working in the entertainment world. From the penniless days in Waupaca to the top of the penthouse in Chicago his life was filled with successful adventures and personal mishaps. Through it all he remained true to his local roots and devotion to family. This dramatic presentation will follow his career and portray several of his works.

  • Diane Forsythe sponsored this program in honor of her parents Jane and Ernie Lindgren.

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May 2, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

The Roots of Jazz: A Rhythmic Perspective

Ryan Korb is lecturer of Jazz Percussion and Jazz Studies at UW-Stevens Point. Ryan will discuss why and how African percussion became one of the roots of jazz and why it remains so to this day.

 

  • This program is sponsored with a grant from The Bryce Fund in memory of Earl Herbert

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May 9, 2022
6:30PM

  • HYBRID with limited in-person seating and live streaming.

  • Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

  • Broadcasts can be heard on WILW 96.3FM and viewed on WIN-TV, Facebook Live, and YouTube

Wisconsin Jazz: From the Roots to the Present

Kurt Dietrich, professor emeritus of music at Ripon College, gives an overview of important jazz artists from Wisconsin and the trends that have led from the early days -- the roots -- up to the rich and complex jazz scene in Wisconsin today.

 

  • This program is sponsored with a grant from The Bryce Fund in memory of Earl Herbert.

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