June Melby is a writer and performer with an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Utne Reader, National Lampoon Magazine, and LA Weekly. My Family and Other Hazards, her humorous, award-winning memoir about working summers at her family’s mini-golf course in Waupaca, WI, was released in 2014.
She lives in a cabin in the woods with her husband and their 20-lb. cat, Ferdinand Magellan. She can be found at junemelby.com.
Organic Farmer/Librarian Brigid Ferkett will give an educational talk about Saving Heirloom Seeds.
What is an Heirloom Seed and why do we save them? How to save seeds? How will the seed library operate?
Authors Don and Lanna Langdok will present their story, now published as the book, Cheechako Sunrise, Sourdough Sunset. The Langdok’s move to Anchorage, Alaska in 1969 was a daring and gutsy decision on the part of this young Wisconsin couple with a two-year-old baby daughter. It wasn’t long before exciting and unexpected challenges started to shape and mold their character; from finding a dead body, dealing with airplane crashes and police department murders to homesteading’ in a log cabin with no electricity or water!
What does it mean to live green or sustainably? Come find out in our next exhibit, “Living Green!”
To people in Waupaca County, it means many things. Local farms, businesses and individuals are working hard to spread the word on the importance of buying locally and living in a sustainable way. Businesses are using solar and renewable energy, while people are reusing materials and finding ways to make their homes more efficient. Beekeeping, raising chickens, canning and preserving, and making your own soaps are all ways Waupaca residents are “living green.” The exhibit will feature local farms and families, the Waupaca Farmer’s Market, CSAs and what they bring to our community, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Come generate power on our exercise bike and see how you can make a light bulb glow or power a radio!
Also come join us for a program on renewable energy and sustainability with author Bob Ramlow on Monday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Ramlow has been involved in renewable energy for over 40 years and is a founding member of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. He has taught workshops and classes throughout the U.S. and has co-authored the book Solar Water Heating – a comprehensive guide to solar water & space heating systems. He lives with his family in a zero-energy home near Amherst, Wisconsin. The program will take place in the lower-level meeting rooms.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
She was a ship of destiny. Sailing across the Pacific Ocean, this battle-scarred heavy cruiser just delivered a secret cargo on July 26, 1945, to Tinian Island that would trigger the end of World War II. She continued traveling westward from Tinian to Guam, and then set out for Leyte on July 28.
Lunch & Learn – November 11 – Cold War Bunkers & Presidential Communications – Veteran Tom Roemer
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Born and raised in Appleton, Tom Roemer served in the U.S. Army from August 1965 to August 1969, attaining the rank of Staff Sargent. While in Basic Training, he was recruited by the White House Communications Agency. A subsequent microwave radio electronics school prepared him to provide communications support for the U.S. Secret Service and Presidents Johnson and Nixon, and former president Eisenhower.