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.

Winchester Academy COVID‐19 Pandemic Survey Results

This link is to the results of our survey.
We received 145 responses from 330 invitations (44%). Thanks to everyone who participated.

Fall 2020 Lecture Series

Winchester is going virtual this fall.

All scheduled lectures will be broadcast online. 
We will share how to connect soon.

Oct 12, 2020

6:30PM

This lecture will presented in an online format. Information on how to view/connect coming soon.

American Playwrights

Kathy Fehl, artistic director of the Weyauwega Arts Organization, will share her inside view of plays and playwrights.

 

Plays are markers of the preoccupations of the American public. Though plays tell the story of a group of people, the wider society is a large factor in the rhythm of each piece of theater. All playwrights share this duality. That being said, plays vary greatly in style, and the paths to audiences vary, too.
 

Fehl's presentation will focus on the process of moving from writer to produced playwright. Focusing on several writers’ lives, we’ll see the obstacles overcome on the road to production and success. Playwrights whose lives we will visit include Eugene O’Neill, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams,Sam Shepard, August Wilson, and John Guare.

We will take a look at some of the institutions that foster new material. The intersection of regional theaters and the New York stage has changed.


Kathy Fehl studied theater with Lee Strasberg, one of the founders of the Actors’ Studio. She also worked with Geraldine Page for several years, and has met and worked with many other actors, directors, and playwrights. Fourteen of her plays were produced in small theaters in Manhattan, and she directed both new and classic works.

Please thank John Gusmer for sponsoring this program.

OCT 19, 2020

6:30PM

This lecture will presented in an online format. Information on how to view/connect coming soon.

Record Rain, The Hydro-Illogical Cycle: It's a Busy Time in Water

The last six years have been the wettest on record!  Though the excess precipitation has driven water levels and streamflows to historic highs in some places, we’ll have to worry about how high capacity well pumping is drying lakes and streams when rains become normal.  Wisconsin may be on the verge of a new era of managing groundwater pumping amounts for healthy water bodies – but don’t count on it yet – there’s politics here!

 

George J. Kraft is a free-range hydrologist and water policy nerd working on issues of groundwater sustainability in Wisconsin.  He is also an Emeritus Professor of Water Resources and former Director of the Center for Watershed Science and Education at UW-Stevens Point and Extension. His three-decade long career has been honored with numerous awards, including being named a "University of Wisconsin - System Fellow" and the recipient of the 2017 UW-Stevens Point "University Scholar" award.  His ongoing research and outreach has been devoted to how unmanaged groundwater pumping is drying Central Wisconsin lakes, streams and wetlands.

Please thank Vance and Ann Linden for sponsoring this program.

Nov 9, 2020

6:30PM

This lecture will presented in an online format. Information on how to view/connect coming soon.

Why Westerns Endure

The western movie has been a staple of the film industry since 1903 and, while less frequently produced today, maintains a loyal following in the 21st century. The talk will examine several likely reasons for this genre's enduring presence and explore several fundamental themes and plots that have been carried over from the classic westerns into other classic and contemporary film formats.

Jack Rhodes received his PhD from The University of Texas Austin and held faculty positions at Colorado College, The University of Utah, and Miami University (OH), where he served as Chair of the Department of Communication and as Executive Director of Miami's regional campus in Hamilton. While at Miami he taught a graduate class in Rhetoric of Film and has now served for several years as a seminar teacher of Film Studies at Lawrence University's Bjorklunden Campus.

Please thank the Al and Loria Gruer Family Fund

for sponsoring this program.

Nov 16, 2020

6:30PM

This lecture will presented in an online format. Information on how to view/connect coming soon.

Earth Day:A Journalist Reflects on Earth Day at 50 and the Challenges of Today 

Bill Berry is a Stevens Point-based journalist and writer who has covered the environment most of his life. His 2014 book, "Banning DDT, How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way," was named the top nature book of 2014 by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. He writes a regular column for the Capital Times newspaper of Madison, frequently on environmental topics.
 

Berry will review the good, bad and ugly 50 years after the first Earth Day in 1970. He has covered environmental issues for most of those 50 years and will look at how the awareness generated in 1970 has continued to impact key environmental decisions at the state and national level. Examples will include issues of local, state, and national importance, such as how the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act affected Wisconsin's natural resources and the public's understanding of environmental issues.

Please thank Helen Robinson for sponsored this program.

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Our free programs are open to everyone on Mondays beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Waupaca Area Public Library. Coffee and cookies are served at 6:00 P.M. 

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