Food For Thought
Learn on your lunch hour! The Food For Thought learning series takes place at the Winona County History Center. Programs, Films, and Book Chats begin at 12:05 p.m. and last approximately one hour (unless otherwise noted). The 4th Wednesday of each month, a book is discussed by the FFT Book Chat group, but all are welcome to partake. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. A beverage is served. All are free and open to the public.
Book Chat The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell, June 28, 12:05 p.m.
Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident? (Amazon.com book description.)
Book Chat The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka, July 26, 12:05 p.m.
This story is about of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war. (Amazon.com book description.)
Program Wenonah Canoe: Celebrating 50 Years, with Mike Cichanowski, August 16, 12:05 p.m.
Mike Cichanowski was born to paddle. He grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River, where he cultivated a love for the water and an insatiable curiosity to explore it. First with his father’s canoe. Later, with wood-strip canoes he built as a teenager. Fiberglass models soon emerged from the family garage. The roots of those same designs are still evident today in some of Wenonah’s most iconic canoes. Learn more about the company’s history from Mike and check out Wenonah #1 hanging above the Slaggie Family Lobby.
Book Chat A Long Way Home, by Saroo Brierly, August 23, 12:05 p.m.
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity search his home country and with his memory triggered, he sets off to find his family. (Amazon.com book description.)
Upcoming Food For Thought Book Chat books are: Beside a Burning Sea by John Shirs in September and the November/December chat will be held November 29, book TBA.
Remembering Emil Liers and His Otters, June 27, 7 p.m. at the History Center
Emil was an icon for Winona County. His famous otter farm that was at his home in Homer has been featured in film documentaries and books about otters. He was the first to successfully breed and raise otters in captivity and even trained them to do tricks. We will show some footage of the films he was featured in and learn more about Emil and the success of his otters. This program is in partnership with the Sons of Norway. Due to limited seating tickets will be available first to WCHS and Sons of Norway members May 1, and then, to the general public June 1 to guarantee a seat. This program is free, but a free will donation is encouraged at the program. Refreshments will be served.
Wales: The History, Culture and Language, August 8 , 7 p.m. at the History Center
On Tuesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. Hywel Taff Roberts will give a presentation on his homeland; Wales, the History, Culture and Language. During the late 1700s and early 1800s many hundreds of Welsh settled in western Minnesota, Lime Springs, Iowa and Mineral Point Wisconsin. For over a hundred years their history was forgotten because all the records were in the Welsh language. The history has been published into English in 2015. Taff has recently started a company, Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts, taking North Americans over to Wales on small bus tours and Walkabouts to connect with the Welsh people, culture and history. He has just returned from his first two trips.
Bunnell House Historic Skill Sundays! Every Sunday during the House's season at 2 p.m.
Try your hand at tin punching and create an ornament. Test your sewing skills by learning embroidery on a hankie. Amaze your friends with a favorite Victorian toy by designing your own Thaumatrope! On the last Sunday of each month we will offer a tour of the Herb Garden and participants will paint their own pot to plant and take home an herb of their own. House admission and a small extra supply fee applies. Please sign up in advance by calling the History Center. Learn more
Class Schedule ($2-$5 class fee is charged when you arrive- please sign up in advance):
July 2 - Tin punching
July 9 - Embroidery
July 16 - no class (go to the Fair!)
July 23 - Thaumatrope
July 30 - Herbs
August 6 - no class (Fur Trader camp that Saturday!)
August 13 - Tin Punching
August 20 - Embroidery
August 27 - Herbs
Herb Garden Tour and Activity, Last Sunday of June, July and August, 2 p.m. - Tour the Bunnell herb garden and paint a pot to plant an herb to take home!
Fur Trader’s Camp, Saturday August 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Ranger, Ed Lagace, will have a full campsite set up and will have various demonstrations for visitors as he reenacts the life of the Metis fur trader for the day.
Pioneer School Sessions, July 24 -25 and July 31 - August 1, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day
Two sessions of the 2-day Pioneer School Day Camp are offered this summer at the Gainey Schoolhouse on the Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The site is home to our Rural Heritage Museum and students, 1st - 8th grade, experience life as a pioneer kid 100+ years ago through activities, games, crafts, and more. All supplies are included but we ask you bring a lunch, and just like pioneer times, there is no refrigeration. Costumes are offered, but students are welcome to wear their own.
Licensed teacher, Mrs. Van Cleave, with Winona State University Elementary Education majors will teach lessons and offer many fun pioneer activities each day. Call or stop in the History Center to register and get more information. 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Cost is $45 for WCHS members, $50 for non-members.
The Art of Fine Furniture Workshops and Programs, throughout June and July
Learn more and register online for these amazing free experiences. Keep scrollin' along to learn more about the exhibition. www.theartoffinefurniture.com