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.
March 6 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
A Conservation Success Story: keeping a rare crane common in Wisconsin
C. James Taylor is a historian, professor, editor of The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society. Dr. Taylor discusses the correspondence and diaries of the two Adams presidents and their wives, John & Abigail Adams and John Quincy & Louisa Catherine Adams.
Searching for Life Beyond Earth: What does the Future Hold?
Investigator for the SETI Institute`s Carl Sagan Center for the Study of life in the Universe. Dr. Turnbull, astrobiologist, describes the fast-changing landscape of the search for life on other worlds, gives a brief overview of the ways we can carry out this search and where we stand currently in our knowledge.