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Spring Potpourri III

Mar 22–The Causes and Consequences of Prohibition
This presentation considers why America felt the need to implement “The Noble Experiments.” It explores the social climate leading up to Prohibition, including how religion, gender, education (science and pseudo-science), purity of food, political philosophy, taxes, war and anti-immigrant sentiment were wrapped up in banning alcohol. It also considers what Prohibition was really like for the people who lived through it and how we still live with Prohibition’s consequences today.
Presenter: Joshua Immerman Driscoll

Mar 29–Wisconsin Lighthouses
Wisconsin Lighthouses is a slide/lecture presentation highlighting Wisconsin’s historical beacons. It features images in a combination of lecture, story-telling and music. Narrated live, the authors welcome questions and comments. The presentation covers one third of Wisconsin’s lighthouses, including Cana Island, Wisconsin Point, Sand Island, Rockwell, Rawley Point, Milwaukee North Point, Wind Point and many more. This course is perfect for anyone interested in lighthouses, maritime history or simply breathtaking photography.
Presenters: Barb and Ken Wardius

Apr 5–The State That Cheese Built
The cheese industry in Wisconsin started just over 150 years ago. Today, Wisconsin remains the leading cheese production state in volume, variety and quality. We examine how dairy has impacted the landscape, politics, regulatory framework, environment and economy. We consider the future of dairy and how it may bring dramatic changes to our state. Our multidisciplinary approach reflects experience as owner of two cheese factories, one started in 1878 and one of the state’s newest factories built in downtown Milwaukee.
Presenter: Bob Wills


Barb and Ken Wardius

Barb and Ken Wardius are life long residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lighthouse history and photography are their passion. Their books include “Wisconsin Lighthouses”, “Cana Island Lighthouse”, “Wind Point Lighthouse” and “North Point Milwaukee Lighthouse”. They are sought- after lighthouse lecturers, ... read more

Bob Wills

Bob Wills has a B.A. in international relations from American University, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has held various legislative aide positions in Washington D.C., was an ... read more

Date: 3 Mon, Mar 22-Apr 5, 2021

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 10-11:15am CT

Platform: Zoom

Barb and Ken Wardius
Bob Wills

Fee: $20

Enrollment Limit: 300

Program Number: SPRI:146

Registration opens Tue, Jan 12, 2021.