'People of the Sturgeon' Feb 11

Kathleen Schmidt Kline of the UW Sea Grant Institute will present People of the Sturgeon at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Kline will talk about how the people of the Lake Winnebago region helped save the lake sturgeon. From some of the earliest inhabitants of Wisconsin, the Menominee Indian Tribe, to the fishermen who flock to the annual sturgeon spearing season, people have been drawn to this ancient fish for millennia. Because of this respect for the lake sturgeon, not only has careful management allowed the populations to thrive here, but so have the stories and artifacts of the people invested in their continued growth.

The UW Sea Grant Institute supports research, education and outreach dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation’s Great Lakes and ocean resources. Kline has a B.A. in Biology and English from Luther College in Decora, Iowa, and an M.S. in Life Sciences Communication from the UW-Madison. She is one of the authors of the book, People of the Sturgeon, a collection of stories and photos.

Her presentation is sponsored by the Fond du Lac Historic Preservation Commission.

In the photos: Top: In 1898, a boy in clears snow from around his family’s ice shanty, which sports a chimney to vent smoke from a wood or coal stove. Below: Kathleen Schmidt Kline




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