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

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

June 7, 2021

This lecture will presented in an online format.

Wetlands as Solutions to our Water Issues in Wisconsin

Tracy Hames was raised in Arden Hills, Minnesota.  He developed a love and appreciation for nature and the environment at a young age through many years hunting, fishing, and camping.  Tracy obtained a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Macalester College in 1984, and an MS in Natural Resources from the UWSP in 1990 and then moved west to work. Since 2012, Tracy has been the Executive Director with Wisconsin Wetlands Association.
Learn about what wetlands are, why they’re important, their current state, and what you can do to care for these natural treasures.  Historically viewed as wastelands, wetland loss was rampant in Wisconsin for many decades.  The legacy of wetland loss has contributed to many of our current natural resource and societal problems such as increased flooding, decreased water quality, and loss of fish and wildlife habitat.  Hames will present wetlands from a new perspective, showing how we can use them as solutions to the water-related issues we face, especially flooding. 

June 14, 2021


This lecture will presented in an online format.

Program information coming soon



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