Food For Thought 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.
WCHS Book Chat
The 4th Wednesday of each month, a book is discussed by the WCHS Book Chat group. All are welcome to partake.
A Page in History
Get a deeper experience with A Page in History! Page Theatre performers and special guest speakers dive deeper into the stories of their work. Dates and times vary.
All are free and open to the public.
Food For Thought: Victorian VR: A History of Stereo Photography with Bob Taunt,
August 14, 12:05 p.m.
Bob Taunt is an author and historian, former president of the La Crosse County Historical Society, who has been sharing history in the tri-state area for over 25 years. Bob will explore the world of Stereo photography - pictures in 3-D ! The process was invented in the 1850’s, and stereo photography very popular through World War I, and continues today. Come see and hear about the history of Stereoviews, and learn how to make your own stereo photographs using the digital camera, and your computer. Bob Taunt is also a photographer, who has built his own cameras and taken many stereo photos over the years. He will talk about the history of and the how-to-do Stereo Photography.
Book Chat/Food For Thought: Girl on the Leeside, by Kathleen Anne Kenney, WITH AUTHOR TALK, August 28, 12:05 p.m.
The Winona County Historical Society Book Chat is hosting a special program this month with local author Kathleen Anne Kenney (which is her maiden name; she is also known as Kathleen Peterson to locals) on Wednesday, August 28 at 12:05 p.m. at the Winona County History Center. Usually the Book Chat discusses a book each month with the group’s member facilitators, but this month the author is joining in! For July the group read Kathleen’s book, “Girl on the Leeside” and for August she is able to give a talk about her work with conversation about “Girl on the Leeside” which takes place in a small village in Ireland when an aspiring poet meets an intriguing American that shakes up her life.
A Page in History: Nature, Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a special Page in History event including a bit of local history, a free screening of the Twin Cities Public Television short documentary Nature: Walking with Emerson and Thoreau, and a q&a with members of the TigerLion Arts team who produced Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Nature will be performed outdoors at Yon’s Field at St. Mary’s University. Learn More
Book Chat: My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, September 25, 12:05 p.m.
My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity. (from Amazon Book description).
Classes, Tours &
Warrior Writers Workshop with the Minnesota Humanities Center
July 13, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Winona County History Center, free
The Minnesota Humanities Center is bringing their Warrior Writers Workshop to Winona at the History Center on July 13. The workshop provides a safe space for Veterans to tell their own stories, using prompts and discussion covering a variety of military issues and experiences. This workshop encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing, reflecting, storytelling, and art-making. A highlight of this workshop for many veterans is having a space to release bottled-up thoughts and emotions alongside others who understand, creating a sense of empowerment in the ability to tell their own story. By creating an open and accepting atmosphere, they build a community of support. This workshop is for any service member or veteran regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc. Find more information and register online.
What’s It All For?
August 10, 1 p.m., Winona County History Center, Free.
Art of Fine Furniture artists, Roger Knudson and Mark Laub discuss functionality of design coupled with artistic beauty of design; what is means for a piece to be “handmade;” the values of original design and copies; and how working with a buyer affects design choices. Each artist takes different views of the approaches to a functionality - artistic “continuum”. Both have different points of view; Mark, the wild Hungarian vs. the dour simplistic Scandinavian, Roger. There is, or should be, a story behind a piece by a “maker” of fine artistic furniture, and Roger and Mark have plenty. These two intelligent, fun, and very talented guys will be a thrill to hear from and visit with during this special program that wraps up the Art of Fine Furniture 2019. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.