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.

Summer 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

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.


Summer Series

June 14, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Racial Wealth Equity:
How We Can Make a Difference

Chuck Self, CFA , is an Appleton, based registered investment advisor and serves on the board of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Chuck’s talk presents startling facts that clearly outline the reality of the racial wealth gap. The relationships between where one lives, family wealth, and home ownership vs. renting are presented. He goes on to review possible causes and some myths surrounding the equity gap. Historic discrimination that trickles down through generations is explained. Chuck finishes with a suggestion for positive action to address this national problem.

Please thank Ruby & Barry Shaw for sponsoring this program.


July 12, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Walk this Way: Stuart Weitzman’s Collection of Historic Shoes

Laura Fiser is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. Laura will share highlights from the summer 2021 exhibition, Walk This Way, featuring 100 pairs of striking shoes and more than a century of shoe design. This exhibition is drawn from the extensive private collection of high-fashion shoe designer Stuart Weitzman and his wife, Jane Gershon Weitzman. Assembled over three decades, the collection of “inspiration shoes” explores how shoes have transcended their utilitarian purpose to become representations of culture—coveted as objects of desire, designed with artistic consideration, and expressing complicated meanings of femininity, power, and aspiration for women and men alike. From silk boudoir shoes created for the 1867 Paris Exposition to the red carpet’s “Million Dollar Sandals,” every shoe tells a story.


July 19, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Wisconsin Lighthouses

Barb and Ken Wardius, authors and photographers of the book “Wisconsin Lighthouses--A Photographic and Historical Guide”, offer a slide/lecture presentation that highlights many of Wisconsin’s historical beacons. This program features many stunning images in a combination of lecture, story telling, and music. The presentation covers 1/3 of the lights in the state, including Cana Island Lighthouse, Wisconsin Point Light, Sand Island Light, Rockwell Lighthouse, Rawley Point, Wind Point and many more. This program is perfect for anyone interested in lighthouses, maritime history or simply breathtaking photography.


This program is cosponsored by Winchester Academy &
the Waupaca Historical Society


August 2, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Myanmar - Days of Hope and Nights of Terror

Steve Wilson and Julie Foote, Wisconsin natives, are living  and teaching internationally. Steve has been an educator for more than 15 years including five years in the Waupaca School District. Julie, who grew up in Waupaca, has been very involved in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Waupaca. Myanmar was their first international posting, and they immediately fell in love with their new country where people remain generous, kind, and welcoming despite decades of political repression and economic hardship. The couple was living in Yangon, Myanmar when a military coup shattered the country's future. They witnessed the incredible bravery of Myanmar's citizens in their struggle for democracy, as the creativity, generosity, and humor of protesters have been met with unconscionable violence. By sharing their experience of life under the military junta, Julie and Steve hope to amplify the voices of those who have been brutally silenced.


Fall Series

Fall Series 2021 Programs are currently being scheduled. Watch this website for further information.



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