In 1828, a young, highly educated Stockbridge Indian named Electa Quinney arrived in Statesburg in the Michigan Territory, brought west from New York to teach Indian students. It was 20 years before Wisconsin became a state. Statesburg, situated on a bend in the Fox River, is now known as Kaukauna, and Quinney is credited as Wisconsin’s first public school teacher.
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to the Fond du Lac Public Library’s teen reading club, Pizza & Pages, to talk about the funny-sweet fairy tale, Once Upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris. Teens will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Drop by the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio and you’re likely to see all kinds of creativity underway. Teens could be composing an original rap inside the recording studio. Students could be ogling a friend’s latest 3-D printer masterpiece. A grandfather could be machine-carving a nameplate for his family. To celebrate and enhance the makerspace’s devotion to creativity and invention, the Idea Studio is offering a summer residency program.
Historians Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender know there’s much to learn and uncover about our local history. In their annual wintertime history presentations at the Fond du Lac Public Library, now into year four, they’ve uncovered an enormous local appetite for the stories of our past.
Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender return to the Fond du Lac Public Library for Big History of Overlooked America: First People to the Civil War, a series of eight weekly presentations starting at 6 p.m. February 1. The duo’s entertaining and thought-provoking presentations will involve great deal of show and tell involving artifacts from Bender’s personal collection.
In plenty of time for St. Patty’s Day party planning, the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Breads of the World series will offer Irish soda bread at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, in the Idea Studio demonstration kitchen. The class is free; registration is required.
The Fond du Lac Public Library, with help from its friends, will provide guidance, support and tips needed to make 2017 a great year with its Fresh Start series at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month through April. All Fresh Start programs will be held in the library’s Idea Studio in the lower level. All are free; no registration required.