Food For Thought Series
Celebrating its 20th Year!
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 Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra and John Cullen,
June 27, 12:05 p.m.
The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair. (Amazon book description)
Book Chat All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr,
July 25, 12:05 p.m.
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. (Amazon book description)
Film & Exhibit Tour, Spirit of Winona: The Watkins Company,
August 1, 12:05 p.m.
The Watkins Company is famous for their household products for cooking, cleaning and personal care. It all started in 1868 in J.R. Watkins’ kitchen. That was 150 years ago this year! Local cable company, HBC, did a segment of their series The Spirit of Winona on the Watkins Company and family. The series is in our archives and we thought it was a great time to get them out and tell this amazing story of Winona’s past. After the film we invite you for an exhibit tour of our Watkins exhibit area in the main exhibit hall.
Book Chat The Jungle by Upton Sinclair,
August 22, 12:05 p.m.
An ardent activist, champion of political reform, novelist, and progressive journalist, Upton Sinclair is perhaps best known today for The Jungle — his devastating exposé of the meat-packing industry. A protest novel he privately published in 1906, the book was a shocking revelation of intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. (Amazon book description)
Back Roads County Bus Tour Part 3: Southeast Winona County
Saturday, August 11; 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Leaving from Winona County History Center
Join the Winona County Historical Society on Saturday, August 11th as we continue our exploration of Winona County. This year we will be touring the southeast portion of our county with stops at a number of interesting sites. The first stop will be in Dakota at the photography studio of Bob Hurt. Bob is an architect turned aerial photographer who has taken some of the most amazing images of southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. Bob will give a brief history of Dakota and then we will have a chance to see his artwork. After driving through Dresbach our second stop will be the River View Winery on Co. Rd 1 near La Crescent (wines pictured left). At the winery we will learn about their operation and even though it’s a bit early (always five o’clock somewhere) we can have a taste of their wine. Next we go on to Southwind Orchard where even though it is a few weeks before harvesting, we will learn about apple growing. Next we go on to Hegge Haven (pictured right) where we will tour their facilities and have a box lunch. Hegge Haven is a vacation rental by owner on 20 acres on a ridge between La Crosse and Winona that includes a large colonial house and other buildings. After lunch we go to Witoka to visit the art studio of Billy X. Curmano. Billy is a performance artist that has been active for many years and probably best known for swimming the Mississippi River, being buried alive and sleeping on a bed of nails, among other things. Before returning to Winona we will make a quick stop to tour the Bunnell House. It’s going to be a full day, but fun and educational.
The bus will leave the front of the Winona County History Center at 8:00 a.m. and if there is a second bus it will leave an hour later at 9:00 a.m. The first bus should return about 3:30 and the second at 4:30. The cost of the tour including lunch and refreshments will be $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Call or stop in at the History Center to sign up. Seats will fill fast!
TAOFF Wood Carving Demonstration
Saturday, July 21; 1-3 p.m., Winona County History Center, Free
Led by Richard Tendick, this free demonstration in conjunction with the Art of Fine Furniture, will highlight traditional and rotary carving techniques and will also explore what makes something heirloom quality through the interpretation of design, detail, skill, quality, execution, and the level of personal connection to the item created. All skill levels are welcome to the demonstration. Richard Tendick is a studio furniture maker and artist from Lakeville, Minnesota. He is the editor of American Woodworker, creates custom hand tools and won the 2017 Best Carving at the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild show.
Pioneer School Summer Day Camps
July 25 & 26 or July 30 & 31, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $50 or $45 for members,
Two sessions are offered in the McCarthy-Gainey Schoolhouse, at the Rural Heritage Museum in St. Charles, where students 1st - 8th grade have class, play games, make crafts and learn some pioneer skills!
The WCHS' Pioneer School program has been a summer day camp favorite for over 30 years. A local licensed teacher, with help from Winona State Elementary Education majors, teach lessons, play games, create crafts and more in an authentic one room schoolhouse. Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the Rural Heritage Museum on the Winona County Fairgrounds in St. Charles each day. Please bring a lunch, and remember just like in pioneer times there is no refrigeration. All supplies and costumes are provided and there is a modern restroom. Pre-registration is required by calling or stoping in the History Center, 507-454-2723 ext. 0.