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.

Winter/Spring 2021 Lecture Series

Winchester Academy has gone virtual until it is safe to gather.

All scheduled lectures will be broadcast online. 
Connect with us with one of these ways -

1.  Audio on Waupaca Radio FM 96.3
2. Broadcast live on Win-TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 991
3. Win-TV YouTube live stream. The link to access the YouTube stream of the broadcast.

4. Live on this website

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.

We are working on our Winter/Spring Lecture Series and will have updates on speakers and dates soon.

Feb 8, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Building the Green Foundry - Sustainability Initiatives at Waupaca Foundry

Bryant Esch is Director of Environmental Engineering at Waupaca Foundry. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our audience gained from a near 30 year career here in Waupaca.

Metalcasters have long been recognized as some of the world’s first recyclers. For centuries, foundries have been making new metal objects by re-melting old ones that have become unwanted scrap. While this is a good foundation for a claim that a well-run foundry is an environmentally sustainable business, other opportunities exist to define a foundry’s environmental performance.

Waupaca Foundry, as the largest producer of gray, ductile, austempered ductile, and compacted graphite iron in the world is working to set environmental benchmarks in the metalcasting industry. Waupaca Foundry’s primary sustainable goals, and the environmental activities underway to support them include efforts in the areas of energy use, air emissions, water use and foundry byproduct recycling. The presentation will review these historical activities, along with a discussion of environmental successes and challenges recognized for 2021 and beyond.

Feb 15, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

History of Gerold Opera House - Weyauwega

Ian Teal is the Executive Director of the Weyauwega Arts Organization, which currently owns and operates the Gerold Opera House.

Opera Houses were a source for live entertainment in rural America starting in the late 19th century. This program will cover a brief history of Opera Houses and will go into depth about the history of the 1915 Gerold Opera House in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. The history of Weyauwega and the surrounding area will also be addressed as well as what role the Gerold plays in the community today.

Please thank Pat Hollenbeck for sponsoring this program.

Mar 8, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

The Weyauwega Train Derailment - 25 Years Ago

The story of the Weyauwega train derailment on March 4, 1996, will be told by two Weyauwega area residents, who lived through and responded to the resulting area evacuation and 16 day long fire.

Jim Baehnman served as the acting fire chief and liaison with residents and county, state, federal, safety response and railroad officials to direct the evacuation and oversee the extinguishing of the fire.

Richard Wagner, vice president of Weyauwega Milk Products, was responsible for redirecting milk deliveries after that cheese making facility located 400 feet from the derailment site had to be shut down for 18 days. Both Baehnman and Wagner will provide details of the event, the evacuation of their families, and their efforts during the emergency. 

Please thank Nancy Nelson for sponsoring this program.

Mar 22, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Climate change effect on birds

Dr. Alan Haney is Emeritus Professor of Forestry, College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point. His areas of expertise include ecosystem restoration, savanna restoration adaptive management, land conservation, forest community responses to disturbance, avian ecology, and climate change. His published work includes 12 books, and over four dozen technical papers.

Long before the Atlantic Canary, a distant relative of our American Goldfinch, was first used in British mines to detect unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, people observed birds as a way to predict changes in weather. With their small size and high metabolism, birds, especially passerines, quickly respond to changes in their environment, and therefore, can be excellent indicators of climatic shifts. Climate change is different from weather, and it is population trends in birds that inform us. Alan will use numerous examples, some common to central Wisconsin, some not, to illustrate ways in which the rapidly changing climate is affecting our birds, most, but not all, in negative ways.
Please thank Rex and Linda Pope for sponsoring this program

Apr 12, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Prevalent Parasites in the Wisconsin Wolf Population

Lettie Vierk is a Junior Biology student at UW-Stevens Point. She plans to attend graduate school for a degree in Epidemiology. Lettie dedicated the summer of 2020 to the Wisconsin Wolf population through studying and analyzing the wolf's prevalent parasites. She gathered over 100 specimens to record the different parasites and stages of development in the life cycle. This original research data will reveal the most abundant parasites in the wolf population. These parasites provide pertinent clues to what is happening in the surrounding environment as well as the wolf.

Apr 19, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Summer Diet of Gray Wolves (Canis lupis) in Central Wisconsin

Waupaca native Hannah Butkiewicz covers the research she conducted on wolves in the central forests of Wisconsin during the summer of 2018 and 2019. Hannah earned her BS in Forest and Wildlife Ecology in 2016 from UW-Madison and is currently working towards a master's degree in Wildlife from UW-Stevens Point. Hannah recently accepted a position as the Executive Director of Golden Sands Resource & Development Council, Inc., and has participated in research on Karner blue butterflies, migratory songbirds, freshwater mussels, fish, turtles, wolves, and wild turkeys.

Please thank T-Dubs for sponsoring this program.



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