Pisanki: Egg Decorating Class
Sunday, April 5, Noon $10 members, $12 Public
Register for this popular spring class by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0 or stopping in the History Center. Pisanki is a traditional form of decorating Easter eggs from Poland, Ukraine and other eastern European countries. Blown eggs are drawn on using melted wax with a special tool called a Kitska. Eggs are dipped in a series of natural dyes between applications of wax. Finally, the wax is melted off to reveal
a colorful design. Learn about the various symbols and traditions of designs and the history behind the art of decorating eggs for Easter! All the supplies are included and each participant leaves with their own creation.
Fist Fights, Ironclads, Eggs and Pickles: A History of Winona’s Mayors
with Mark Peterson, April 23, 7 p.m., History Center, Free.
Join Winona’s current Mayor, Mark Peterson on an entertaining journey through the history of Winona’s May- ors, their storied lives and adventures. Refreshments will be served.
Food For Thought: A Lunchtime Learning Series
Learn on your lunch hour! The Food For Thought learning series takes place at the Winona County History Center. Programs begin at 12:05 p.m. and last approximately one hour (unless otherwise noted). Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. A beverage is served.
More Coming Soon!
Book Chat is free and open to the public. Participate in great discussions about the themes in each month’s book. All books selected are available in paperback or at the Winona Public Library. Held monthly on the 4th Wednesday in the Briarcombe Room at the History Center.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, February 26, 12:05 p.m., Free
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. (from Amazon book description)
Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts and Fictions with Sheila O’Connor, March 25, 12:05 p.m.,
Sheila O’Connor will be at this month’s Book Chat to talk with attendees more about her latest book that tells the riveting story of V, a talented fifteen-year-old singer in 1930s Minneapolis who aspires to be a star. Drawing on the little-known American practice of incarcerating adolescent girls for “immorality” in the first half of the twentieth century, O’Connor follows young V from her early work as a nightclub entertainer to her subsequent six-year state school sentence for an unplanned pregnancy. As V struggles to survive within a system only nominally committed to rescue and reform, she endures injustices that will change the course of her life and the lives of her descendants. The book is inspired by O’Connor’s research on her unknown maternal grand- mother and the long-term effects of inter-generational trauma. (from Amazon Book description)
The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen, April 22, 12:05 p.m., Free.
We will discuss the book and its themes, which gives an intimate look at the twin nightmares of slavery and Civil War. A powerful and unforgettable story of a woman who risked her own freedom to bring freedom to mil- lions of others, The Secrets of Mary Bowser celebrates the courageous achievements of a little known but truly inspirational American heroine. (from Amazon book description)
A Page in History
Learn more about the culture, history, and stories behind some of the Page Series performances with this partnership programming with the Page Theatre.
A Page in History: Danú, Thursday, February 27, 3 p.m. History Center, Free
Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Learn about Irish music group Danú and their 25-year history of performing around the globe. The group will introduce themselves, their instruments -- including flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki -- and offer a sneak peek of their Page Series performance at this fun demonstration and artist talk.
A Page in History: SPEAK, Tuesday, March 24, 12:05 p.m., History Center, Free.
As part of the Driftless Dance Festival, learn about two historically male-dominated and marginalized
forms of dance, Kathak and Tap. We will hear about how these forms con- verged through the female- led production of SPEAK. Learn more about the festival at pagetheatre.org.
Upcoming 2020 Special Events