Food For Thought Series
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, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, April 17, 12:05 p.m.
Note: April’s Book Chat is a week early due to our discussion leaders being at a book conference the fourth week this month. In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. (From Amazon Book Description)
Program, James Stovall and Mister Jeff - Researching, Writing, and Producing a Winona History Play with Margaret Johnson, May 1, 12:05 p.m.
Learn more about Margaret’s research for this new local play and the history she has uncovered and turned into a stage performance.
Program, The Manhattan Project’s Secret Weapon: Dr. Wilhelm with Teresa Woldorf,
May 8, 12:05 p.m.
When the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, one thing became abundantly clear: the atomic bomb project would need to move forward, and at a breakneck pace. For the Manhattan Project to succeed, millions of pounds of purified uranium was needed, but it didn’t exist. Since the discovery of uranium more than one-hundred-fifty years earlier, no one had successfully purified it. Dr. Harley Wilhelm, a chemist at Iowa State, was recruited onto the project. In September 1942, Dr. Wilhelm went to Chicago, carrying with him a secret cargo: the world’s first ingot of purified uranium. When Dr. Wilhelm presented the ingot to Arthur Compton, the leader of the Manhattan Project’s Metallurgical Laboratory, Compton didn’t believe it was pure. Wilhelm proved otherwise. The man who grew up a sharecropper’s son in southern Iowa was an unlikely character to change world history. His life, from country bumpkin to prolific inventor and Manhattan Project scientist, is an untold story, one which enabled the United States to win World War II.
Book Chat A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle May 22, 12:05 p.m.
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.(From Amazon Book Description) Note: "A Gentleman in Moscow" will be discussed in June.
Program, A Portrait of Stephen Taylor with Walt Bennick, June 6, 10:45 a.m.
Note the date and time of this special presentation. The Southeastern Minnesota Daughters of the American Revolution have opened up the program portion of their Annual Meeting to the public.. Walt Bennick will, with the use of documents from the National Archives, papers from the DAR and a thesis written by a distance relative of Stephen Taylor, attempt to weave a portrait of life and legend of Stephen Taylor, the only Revolutionary War soldier buried west of the Mississippi River, right here in Winona at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Book Chat, A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, June 26, 12:05 p.m.
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose (from Amazon Book description).
The Power of Silver: Traditional Norwegian Jewelry
April 23, 7 p.m. Winona County History Center, Free.
For centuries, Norwegians have treasured the beauty of silver. Silver showed the prosperity of a family, and, according to folk belief, could cure sickness in humans and livestock, improve crops, and protect against storms and evil spirits. Brooches were more than simple shirt fasteners. Laurann Gilbertson, Chief Curator at Vesterheim, The National Norwegian - American Museum & Heritage Center, describes different styles of Norwegian silver brooches and jewelry, and the traditional beliefs surrounding this powerful metal.
Painting the Past: Grace's Garden
May 24, 6 -8 p.m., Winona County History Center, $25 public, $22 members, pre-registration required.
Join us for some wine, watercolors and Winona history! We pulled inspiration from Grace Watkins King’s drawings and painting in our collection. Learn about Watkins Co. founder, J.R. Watkins’ amazing daughter and paint a pretty floral study with our own, Visitor Service Manager, Tess Pfohl leading you step by step. A glass of wine, your choice of white, red or blush, along with some tasty snacks are included. All supplies for creating your floral watercolor are also included. What a great Mother’s Day gift! Must be 21 or older. $25 Public or $22 members, pre-registration required. Space is limited so register today! 507.454.2723 ext. 0 or stop in the History Center. Payment is due upon registration.
The Society’s fun Pioneer School day camp will have two session to choose from this summer! They will be held July 23-24 and July 29-30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. Pioneer School is for 1st-8th graders at the Gainey-McCarthy Schoolhouse at the Rural Heritage Museum in St. Charles, Minnesota. Students explore life as a pioneer student with class lessons, games, crafts, and more. Pioneer School is taught be a licensed teacher with a partnership with the Winona State University Education Department, with future teachers offering special lessons and activities. WSU was founded as the Winona Normal School, the first west of the Mississippi, opening in 1858. Teachers were trained there and were sent to the surrounding area schools in our rural region. Registration is open and you can register your pioneer student by calling 507-454-2723 ext. 0 or stop in at the Tickets Desk at the Winona County History Center. Pioneer School costs $50 per student or $40 for WCHS members. Space is limited!