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.

Winchester Academy: Angels of the Underground

Angels of the Underground: The American Women Who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II
Theresa Kaminski
March 6 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Theresa Kaminski, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, highlights the activities of Margaret Utinsky and her `Miss U` network that provided supplies and information to the American POWs in the Philippines as well as to the guerrilla forces. Working with Utinsky was Claire Phillips, a glamorous singer who used her nightclub, the Club Tsubaki, to gather intelligence from its Japanese customers and serve as a clearinghouse for prisoner relief efforts. It is a true-life tangled tale of wartime intrigue. Pat and Mary Phair sponsored this program.