DR. SCOTT OLSON, PRESIDENT, WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY: Wed. Jan. 9 at 12:30 at Winona County History Center. Dr. Olson, WSU’s 15th President, will offer insight into his vision for Winona State and what the past few months have taught him about WSU and the Winona Community. Before joining WSU, he served as Provost, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and Professor of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
ROCKWELL KENT MEETS MOBY DICK: Wed. Jan. 16 at 10:00 at MN Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Dr., Winona, MN. An exhibit of the art of Rockwell Kent, opening in Jan. at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, is the first in a series of programs and exhibits that celebrate the 100th anniversary of a year the artist spent in Winona. These will culminate in a Centennial Festival in Feb., involving a number of Winona’s educational and cultural organizations. We will look at one specific work of Kent’s rich and complex life: his illustrations for an extraordinary edition of Moby Dick in 1930. Presenters include Ruth and David Marshall and MMAM staff.
FROZEN RIVER FILM FESTIVAL: Thurs. Jan. 17 at 1:00 at Winona County History Center. Members of the Frozen River Film Festival staff and steering committee will present an overview of the coming festival and a brief history of the past eight years. This five-day documentary festival offers films that engage and activate its audience to become involved in the world. Festival dates are Jan. 23-27. Presenters will include Steering Committee Members, Diane Stevens and Vicki Englich, Staff Director, Crystal Hegge and Business Director, Bernadette Mahfood.
ENHANCING THE 7 RIVERS REGION THROUGH COLLABORATION: Thurs. Jan. 24 at 10:00 at Winona County History Center. The 7 Rivers Alliance is a regional economic development organization spanning SE Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and NE Iowa. Through public and private funding they work to unite businesses, inspire innovation and strengthen the region. Presenter Vicki Markussen, Executive Director, 7 Rivers Alliance, will explain how they connect businesses, their various funding sources and resource providers.
THE STORY OF HAL LEONARD: Tues. Jan. 29 at 10:00 at Winona County History Center. Hal Leonard Corporation (HLC) has been in the music print publishing business since 1947. The company has grown significantly since then with locations around the world. Mindy Czaplewski’s presentation will include her personal background with HLC, its history and growth, and an overview of some of the many products offered by HLC.
WINONA DAILY NEWS EDITOR: Wed. Feb. 6 at 10:00 at Winona County History Center. Brian Voerding, a Minnesota native, assumed the position of News Editor in March of 2012. He had been the city editor at the Winona Daily News since April 2011 and prior to that he was a reporter for the WDN from 2005 to 2007. He wrote the award-winning series, “A Year to Live,” which offered an intimate portrait of Noreen Oppriecht’s life and her experience with cancer and hospice care.
LEARNING CLUB’S FEBRUARY OPEN HOUSE: Thurs. Feb. 7 at Winona County History Center.
9:00 a.m.: Social Period (refreshments served)
10:15: Cotter Swing Choir Performance
11:15: Brief Business Meeting
The Cotter Choirs welcome anyone in grades 9-12. Choir students have opportunities to participate in solo-ensemble music contest, the fall musical, show choir, and cantoring for school masses.
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: PART I: Tues. Feb. 12 at 1:00 at Winona County History Center. Norm Sobiesk, WSU Professor Emeritus, History, offers a two-part series on the French Revolution. The French Revolution was a landmark in the history of Western Civilization. After centuries of absolute rule the French monarchy was overthrown. The social system of aristocratic privileges came to an end. A wide range of French institutions were transformed. This lecture will examine the underlying causes of the Revolution and the first phase of moderate reform.
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: PART II: Thurs. Feb. 14 at 1:00 at Winona County History Center. The French Revolution unleashed forces which turned out of control. Moderation gave way to radicalism and a Reign of Terror. Finally, a counter-revolution ended the Terror, and a new moderate government was established. During the following decades the reforms and ideas of the French Revolution spread across Europe.
SHARING YOUR STORIES: Wed. Feb. 20 and 27 at 1:00 at Winona County History Center. Every person’s life is a collection of stories about adventure, routine, love, heartbreak, triumph, and setback, all which can be entertaining and instructive to others. However, too often people do not take the time to write down their stories in order to share them. And, once the people are gone, their lifetimes of stories are gone as well. This course will provide you time to reflect on your stories and offer possibilities for sharing them. The first session of the course will help you recognize the wealth of stories your lives contain and start writing about your personal experiences, everyday routines, and family traditions. The second session will expose you to options for sharing your stories digitally. You will learn how PowerPoint can make stories more engaging and easier to share. Participants may choose to attend one or both of the two course sessions. A laptop is not required for the second session, but you may choose to bring one. Conan Kmleclk, Program Coordinator for the English Language Center at WSU, will conduct the classes.
THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF CHILDHOOD: Fri. Feb. 22 at 10:00 at Winona County History Center. Katy Smith, 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the year, is an ECFE parent educator in the Winona Area Public Schools and a community educator to a variety of groups. She will share what her work has taught her about the changing landscape of childhood.
MYSTERY READERS BOOK CLUB: The Mystery Readers Book Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 10:30 Callista Court, 1455 W. Broadway. Members read any work by an author chosen for the month.
Dates: Tues. Jan. 22: Author: John R. Riggs
Tues. Feb. 26: Author: Jane Haddam
STORYTELLING GROUP: Meeting dates: 3rd Wed. of the Month at WSU Retiree Center, WSU Alumni House, 227 W. Wabasha at 1:00.
Dates: Wed. Jan. 16
Wed. Feb. 20
New members are welcome to come and listen or participate by telling a short story.
Please register in one of the following ways:
Mail: The Learning Club, c/o WSU Retiree Center, PO Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987