In 1914, the Endurance, a sailing ship under the command of Sir Ernest Shackleton, set sail for Antarctica. The objective of the expedition was to drop off a landing party at Vahsel Bay on the Weddell Sea, who would then attempt to cross the Antarctic Continent overland to the South Pole and then to the Ross Sea. In October, 1915, still 85 miles from the drop-off point, the ship was trapped in ice floes, then crushed and sank, leaving the crew stranded on the ice. For many months Shackleton and his 27 crewmen, drifting on ice floes, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world. This is a magnificent story of leadership in time of crisis, and one of history’s greatest epics of survival.
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