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.
Program, Memories Of Whitewater State Park with Sara Holger, March 13, 12:05 p.m.
Whitewater State Park was established in 1919 and has 100 years of memories, stories and history as one of Minnesota’s most popular parks. Hear from Lead Interpretive Naturalist, Sara Holger and her work gathering more recent memories of Whitewater for the Park’s centennial. The third time should be the charm! This program has been rescheduled twice due to our winter weather.
Book Chat Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick, March 27, 12:05 p.m.
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, Local History Topics with MSC-SE Students, April 10, 12:05 p.m.
Minnesota State College - Southeast is a comprehensive technical and community college with a full history transfer pathway for students. Students have studied Minnesota history and prepared presentations on a range of state and local topics and are eager to share their topics that turn into historical research papers. Current topics students are researching and will share are Father Lucian Galtier of St. Paul, The Geology of Minnesota, Soudan Mine State Park, and others. Please join us to hear these great first steps into historical research!
Book Chat A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle 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. 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)
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.
Annual Meeting of the Winona County Historical Society
March 21, 7 p.m.,Winona County History Center, Members only.
Members: join us for the 84th Annual Meeting of the Winona County Historical Society. The evening will start with a short business meeting. We will award retiring board members and vote in their replacements. Then, hear from the Society’s director for the past 36 years, Mark Peterson. Mark has plenty of entertaining and amusing stories to share as he reflects on his three dozen years at the helm of WCHS. Mark will be retiring in May this year. The search committee hopes to announce the new Executive Director at the meeting! After hearing of Mark’s many adventures toiling in the trenches of local history, enjoy a dessert reception in the Slaggie Family Lobby to conclude the evening. Not a member? It is always a great time to join. Stop in, call or log on to join!
A Page in History with We are the Willows
March 27, 3 p.m. Winona County History Center, Free.
We Are The Willows is a Minneapolis-based orchestral indie rock band that crafts dynamic, intimate songs. Get a preview and learn more about the history behind their performance they have brought to Winona that highlights songs inspired by 350 letters written by frontman, Peter Miller’s grandparents during World War II. This special presentation is free and open to the public. Their Page Series performance will be held Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. For more info and performance tickets log onto pagetheatre.org.
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.
Historic Craft Class: Pysanky
April 7 & 14, 1 p.m., Winona County History Center, $12 public, $10 members, registration required.
Create designs on eggs using wax and natural dyes! This fine art of Easter egg decorating originates in Scandinavian countries including Poland and the Ukraine. Learn more about this traditional historic art form, the special tools, and create an egg of your own to take home. All supplies are included. Best for Ages 10 and up. There are two sessions to choose from for this class. They fill fast! Register at the History Center tickets desk or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0.