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 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