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

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.

Please thank Don and Anne O'Dell for sponsoring this program


Join us at Danes Hall's Granite Cellar for a viewing party to watch Myanmar - Days of Hope and Nights of Terror with Julie Foote and Steve Wilson live-streamed from Waupaca City Council Chambers. Sit back and relax while learning about this current world situation and enjoy your favorite beverage.


Fall Series

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

Sept 27, 2021

Trinity Lutheran Church



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.

Please thank Vic and Chris Anthony for sponsoring this program.

Oct 11, 2021

Waupaca Public Library & Online

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.

Oct 25, 2021

Waupaca Public Library

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. 


Nov 8, 2021

Waupaca Library



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. 



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