Winchester Academy: Who are the Hmong – How are they Doing

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

Winchester Academy: K9 Contributions to Law Enforcement

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.

Winchester Academy: Traumatic Brain Injury: A Major Public Health Problem

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Major Public Health Problem

October 30 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Tatlock, M.D. discusses the prevalence of TBI and the groups at greater risk. He will talk about the mechanisms of injury and the symptoms that are caused by a TBI. In 1999 Dr. Tatlock sustained a TBI that forced him into an early retirement. He will use his own post-TBI experiences to illustrate some of the problems faced by a person who has had a TBI. Traumatic brain injury is frequently associated with or contributes to many problems that affect our society: homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, and substance abuse. He will provide a handout of Recommended Resources.

Winchester Academy: Future Warfare: The Vietnam Legacy

October 16 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Alfred McCoy Harrington Professor of History at UW-Madison discusses how the US military confronted its failure to win the Vietnam War by deploying the full force of America`s advanced technology in ways that, though failing at the time, created the first electronic battlefield and proved a seminal precursor for the development of a new form of robotic warfare that would take full form during the Global War on Terror that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Winchester Academy: Making Democracy Work in Wisconsin

Making Democracy Work in Wisconsin

Matt Rothschild
May 1 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Matt Rothschild, is the former editor and publisher of Progressive magazine, and current executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. He will discuss why we need to curb the influence of big money in government, which is bad for our health, bad for our environment, bad for our pocketbooks, and bad for democracy. We are a nonprofit watchdog group now in our third decade of working for clean, open and honest government and reforms that make people matter more than money in politics.

Winchester Academy – Nothing Like It In the World: The Epic Saga of the Transcontinental Railroad

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.