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Nov 7, 2022
6:30pm
Waupaca Library

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: 

The Ship, the Storm, and the Song

Steve Ackerman, PhD, is Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at UW-Madison. SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on the Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there. The exact cause of the sinking remains unknown, though many books, studies, and expeditions have examined it. Professor Ackerman presents one of the best-known disasters in the history of Great Lakes shipping, examines how it relates to weather conditions at the time, and discusses the song by Gordon Lightfoot.

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Apr 17, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library
What a find!
Ancient Canoes discovered in Lake mendota

Speaker: James Skibo, PhD

The Wisconsin Historical Society in partnership with Wisconsin's Native Nations is preserving a pair of historic dugout canoes recovered from Madison's Lake Mendota in 2021 and 2022. Resting on the lake bottom 27 feet underwater, the first discovery contained seven notched stones known as net sinkers used to hold down fishing nets. Photos of the canoe showed it to be in such pristine condition that it was suspected it had been made recently. But radiocarbon dating showed it was in use around A.D. 800, likely by ancestors of today's Ho-Chunk Nation. These finds have prompted the Wisconsin Historical Society to research fluctuating weather levels and ancient shorelines to explore the possibility that the canoes were near what is now submerged village sites.

Skibo received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University where he was first introduced to archaeology and a master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.

Skibo is the Wisconsin State Archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society. He is a Michigan native who previously served in roles at Illinois State University for 27 years, first as a professor of anthropology and later as chair of the department.

Program Co-Sponsors - Denny & Cindy Wandtke and the Waupaca Historical Society

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Apr 24, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library

Common Scams and Frauds

Speaker: Jeffrey Kersten

Jeffrey Kersten with the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will discuss the details of common scams, the warning signs of a scam, and what to do if you or someone you know falls victim to a scam or fraud. Helpful factsheets will be available. As Wisconsin’s lead agency for consumer protection, the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, provides information and education, mediates complaints, investigates cases, and takes enforcement actions to fight fraudulent and deceptive practices that harm consumers and honest businesses.

Kersten is the Agency Liaison for the Bureau of Consumer Protection within the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  As the Agency Liaison, Kersten travels around the state to educate the public, businesses, and law enforcement on privacy protection, data security, identity theft, and other areas of consumer protection. Kersten has over 12 years of experience as a police officer and is a prior Consumer Protection Investigator for the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Program Sponsor - Office Outfitters

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May 1, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library

Cryptocurrency 101 - Robin Hoods and Scam Artists

Speaker: Jeffrey M. Glazer, JD

Jeffrey Glazer will examine the basics of the technology behind cryptocurrency from the blockchain to wallets to tokens. He will focus on some of the newsworthy people that have given cryptocurrency its reputation for better and for worse.

Glazer works in the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic supervising students' representation of startup businesses. He (re)designs many of the Clinic's systems and processes to make handling large caseloads more manageable for both students and supervisors. He leads the Clinic's initiatives in food and beverage, agriculture, information technology, data privacy, and public policy.

Glazer has written and spoken frequently on issues facing startups in the food and beverage industry, agriculture (including CBD and cannabis), data privacy, cryptocurrency and blockchain, and technology in the law. 

This program is sponsored by contributions in memory of Maurice Wozniak

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Apr 17, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library
What a find!
Ancient Canoes discovered in Lake mendota

Speaker: James Skibo, PhD

The Wisconsin Historical Society in partnership with Wisconsin's Native Nations is preserving a pair of historic dugout canoes recovered from Madison's Lake Mendota in 2021 and 2022. Resting on the lake bottom 27 feet underwater, the first discovery contained seven notched stones known as net sinkers used to hold down fishing nets. Photos of the canoe showed it to be in such pristine condition that it was suspected it had been made recently. But radiocarbon dating showed it was in use around A.D. 800, likely by ancestors of today's Ho-Chunk Nation. These finds have prompted the Wisconsin Historical Society to research fluctuating weather levels and ancient shorelines to explore the possibility that the canoes were near what is now submerged village sites.

Skibo received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University where he was first introduced to archaeology and a master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.

Skibo is the Wisconsin State Archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society. He is a Michigan native who previously served in roles at Illinois State University for 27 years, first as a professor of anthropology and later as chair of the department.

Program Co-Sponsors - Denny & Cindy Wandtke and the Waupaca Historical Society

Skibo_Jim-2-200x300.jpg
Apr 24, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library

Common Scams and Frauds

Speaker: Jeffrey Kersten

Jeffrey Kersten with the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will discuss the details of common scams, the warning signs of a scam, and what to do if you or someone you know falls victim to a scam or fraud. Helpful factsheets will be available. As Wisconsin’s lead agency for consumer protection, the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, provides information and education, mediates complaints, investigates cases, and takes enforcement actions to fight fraudulent and deceptive practices that harm consumers and honest businesses.

Kersten is the Agency Liaison for the Bureau of Consumer Protection within the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  As the Agency Liaison, Kersten travels around the state to educate the public, businesses, and law enforcement on privacy protection, data security, identity theft, and other areas of consumer protection. Kersten has over 12 years of experience as a police officer and is a prior Consumer Protection Investigator for the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Program Sponsor - Office Outfitters

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May 1, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library

Cryptocurrency 101 - Robin Hoods and Scam Artists

Speaker: Jeffrey M. Glazer, JD

Jeffrey Glazer will examine the basics of the technology behind cryptocurrency from the blockchain to wallets to tokens. He will focus on some of the newsworthy people that have given cryptocurrency its reputation for better and for worse.

Glazer works in the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic supervising students' representation of startup businesses. He (re)designs many of the Clinic's systems and processes to make handling large caseloads more manageable for both students and supervisors. He leads the Clinic's initiatives in food and beverage, agriculture, information technology, data privacy, and public policy.

Glazer has written and spoken frequently on issues facing startups in the food and beverage industry, agriculture (including CBD and cannabis), data privacy, cryptocurrency and blockchain, and technology in the law. 

This program is sponsored by contributions in memory of Maurice Wozniak

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Canceled

Waupaca Public Library

The Chemistry of Paint Drying: It's more Fascinating than it sounds!

Allison Fleshman, PhD is a tenured physical chemist at Lawrence. Paintings embody human expression, but they also encompass quite a bit of chemistry! From the optical properties of varnish, to the pigments that produce vivid colors, Fleishman will take you on a chemical adventure into the captivating world of oil paintings. She has spent several years watching paint dry, and will assure you, it is quite a fascinating endeavor!

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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.

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Feb 13, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library
Edmund Fitzgerald:
The Ship, the Storm, & the Song

Speaker: Steven Ackerman
SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on Nov 10, 1975, with a loss of the entire crew of 29. The exact cause of the sinking remains unknown, though many books, studies, and expeditions have examined it. Ackerman will present this well known disaster,

examine how it relates to weather at the time, and discuss the Lightfoot song.

Program Sponsor - Waupaca Foundry

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Mar 6, 2023
6:30 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library
Reflections of the 1st Afro-American female major general

Speaker: Marcia Anderson

Anderson has a rare perspective on military and civilian service. In 2011, she became the U.S. Army’s first African American female major general, a position she held until her retirement in 2016. For 30 years, she also has served as a federal court administrator, currently as clerk of court for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Anderson, whose career was the focus of a 2012 video produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, offered her reflections on public service in commemoration of Veterans Day 2019.

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