Mary Cayford & Jim Vang bring the story of Hmong settlement in Central Wisconsin. The Hmong people were recruited by the CIA to assist the Secret Army in Laos. The US commitment was `Whether we win or lose the war, we will take care of the Hmong`. The program introduces the life of Hmong people before the Vietnam war, how they left their homeland, the dangers endured, and gives a glimpse of the difficulty of complying with INS rules when you are not literate in your own language and can`t speak English. Learn about the struggles and successes of the Hmong as they proudly became American citizens and raised successful children, while winning the hearts of Americans who have come to know them. This program is sponsored by our friends at The Waupaca Foundry
Sarah Boespflug a police officer and 2001 graduate of Waupaca HS, is a 10-year veteran of the Madison Police Department. In January 2017, she partnered with K9 Falko, a dual purpose, German Shepherd/ Belgian Malinois mix from the Czech Republic. Officer Boespflug and K9 Falko will explain and demonstrate how and why the use of canines is an incredible investigative tool in law enforcement today. Joan and Gene Wasserberg of Waupaca are the proud grandparents of Sarah, and sponsors of this program.
Traumatic Brain Injury: A Major Public Health Problem
Scott Hebbring is a Research Scientist, Marshfield Clinic. Dr. Hebbring returns to Winchester to discuss his research that shows how family and genetic data may be used to predict, prevent and treat human disease. He will focus on how genetic information may be revolutionizing healthcare.
Making Democracy Work in Wisconsin
Nothing Like It In the World: The Epic Saga of the Transcontinental Railroad
Dr. Brett Barker
April 24 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Dr. Brett Barker, Associate Professor of History, UW-Marathon County, returns to Winchester Academy with his latest research topic. The building of the first transcontinental railroad, linking the Pacific coast with the Midwest, remains one of the greatest examples of engineering skill and human perseverance. In this presentation, Prof. Barker will explore the design and conception of the railroad, its shaky beginnings during the Civil War, the 5-year struggle to complete it, and the human dimension of this great drama. Mary Ellen Boario sponsored this program.