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.

Fall 2021 Lecture Series
The programs will be HYBRID w/limited in-person seating.
    Email us at winchesterwaupaca@gmail.com to make your reservation.

Broadcasts will also be  online, connect with us with one of these ways -
1.  Audio on Waupaca Radio WILW 96.3FM
2. Broadcast live on Win-TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 991
3. YouTube live stream
5. On our Winchester Academy Facebook page via Facebook Live 

Questions for the speaker can be asked via Facebook Live or
by calling this number 715-942-9917 during the presentation
and will be answered at the end of the presentation.


Fall Series


Bach’s Puzzles: Hidden patterns in the Goldberg Variations

Stacey Berk is Professor of Oboe and Music Theory/Composition at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Nell Jorgensen Buchman has pursued an active teaching, performing, and adjudicating career at Lawrence University, Community Music School, and throughout Wisconsin.
Together Stacey and Nell, Waupaca residents , will explore the organization of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and find beauty hidden in this extraordinary work. This will be an opportunity to learn about and hear excerpts of the piece prior to their October 2nd performance at the Bach Festival in Waupaca.

Oct 11, 2021

Online and In-person with reservation

Wisconsin English

Joe Salmons, professor and a founder of the Wisconsin Englishes Project at UW-Madison, will explore the kinds of English spoken in our state, including pronunciation, words and word forms, and grammar. He will look at how key features of Wisconsin English have developed over time, how remarkably recent they are and how they are changing and becoming more distinct today. The Wisconsin Englishes Project is just developing a new set of maps about English in Wisconsin and we’ll walk through what they can tell us about language in the state. 

Please thank Diane Forsythe for sponsoring this program
in honor of her parents Jane and Ernie Lindgren.

Oct 18, 2021

Online and In-person with reservation

The Potential for Stem Cells to Treat Eye Diseases

David Gamm, MD, PhD is Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director McPherson Eye Research Institute. Inherited and acquired degenerative diseases of the retina are a significant cause of incurable vision loss worldwide.  Dr. Gamm sees the impact of these diseases on afflicted individuals and their families in his pediatric ophthalmology practice at the University of Wisconsin. His laboratory at the Waisman Center utilizes stem cell technology to investigate the cellular and molecular events that occur during human retinal differentiation and to generate cells for use in human retinal disease modeling and cell-based rescue or replacement strategies. To meet these goals, they utilize a variety of human cell types, including ES and iPS cells, which have the capacity to mimic retinal development and disease, as well as to delineate the genetic “checkpoints” necessary to produce particular retinal cell types. By understanding the behavior of these cell types in vitro and in vivo, they hope to optimize strategies to delay or reverse the effects of blinding disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and age–related macular degeneration.

Please thank Bob and Rita Danielson for sponsoring this program.

Oct 25, 2021

Online and In-person with reservation

History Or Hollywood: 
Ben-Hur and Gladiator

Gregory S. Aldrete is Professor Emeritus of History at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the author of 7 books and 6 Teaching Company/Great Courses on ancient history. For more information, see his website: https://gregorysaldrete.com

Gregory's lecture will examine two of the most famous movies set in ancient Rome, and will analyze the historical accuracy of their plot, sets, costumes, and characters.  Discover how true-to-life Ben-Hur's (1959) spectacular chariot race and naval battle really are, and find out whether Gladiator’s (2000) depiction of the lives and deaths of Roman gladiators and of the pivotal emperors Marcus Aurelius and Commodus are more fact or fiction. 

Please thank Tracy Behrendt and Mark Flora for sponsoring this program.


Nov 8, 2021

Online and In-person with reservation

Fantastic Fungi

Glen Stanosz is a Wisconsin native and Professor of Tree and Forest Health at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research group studies the biology and management of tree diseases caused by fungi. Professor Stanosz is an award winning teacher whose students include future foresters, horticulturists, and arborists, and professionals in the green industry.

Fungi are often overlooked, misunderstood, and definitely under-appreciated. Yet these diverse and highly evolved organisms are critical to function of forest ecosystems. Their varied lifestyles are suited to roles as symbiotic mutualists, nature’s recyclers, or disease-causing tree pathogens. Fungi profoundly influence the initiation, development, composition, stability, and change of forests.

Please thank TDubs Pub for sponsoring this program. 

Nov 15, 2021

Danes Hall

The Artwork at Danes Hall of Waupaca: The Skagen Painter of Denmark

Dr. Michael G. Koehler is a chemist by day, but his passion for the history of Danish American immigrants is seen in his restoration of Danes Hall of Waupaca. Danes Hall was built in 1894 at a time when Denmark was undergoing dramatic social and political change, and Danish
immigration to Wisconsin was peaking. Denmark’s artist of this era reflected this social and political changes of Europe as they moved away from the realistic paintings of grand estates, castles, and noblemen, to adopt the French impressionist forms of rural landscapes, seascapes, and the working farmers and fishermen. Danes Hall holds a historic collection of
paintings from Denmark’s Skagen Painters, representing the impressionist era of the art and culture of the Danes who settled in Wisconsin. During this presentation, you will walk through Danes Hall and enjoy a discussion of the artists, the paintings, and the culture of 19th century Danes.

Please thank Danes Hall of Waupaca for sponsoring this program.



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