Adventures in Local History

History of Fraternal Organizations in Oshkosh
Tues., June 18     6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Fraternal groups, such as the freemasons, were once a cornerstone of society. Find out how they shaped Oshkosh. *Tour the Oshkosh Masonic Center on Thurs., July 18 at 10 a.m. and Thurs., Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.

Jessie Jack Hooper: An Inspired Life
Thurs., June 27     6 p.m.
Under the Dome
On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment granting national voting rights to women. In honor of this important event, Dr. Helen Bannan, retired Director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of History at UW Oshkosh, will discuss Hooper's extraordinary life and work. A local leader, Hooper joined the suffrage movement in the 1910s and dedicated her life to the cause.

Author Spotlight: Winnebago County Beer: A Heady History
Wed., July 17     6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Local author Lee Reiherzer discusses his book, Winnebago County Beer: A Heady History,  Peoples Brewing Company and Wilhelm Kohlhoff, "the last of the German-born brewers to make beer in Oshkosh." Bare Bones Brewery's Head Brewer is whipping up a batch of Peoples Beer based on one of Kohlhoff's recipes.Samples will be provided to attendees 21 and older with a valid photo I.D. For more about Lee and his fun approach to writing (and beer!), check out this feature from our May eNewsletter.

Oshkosh Masonic Center Tour
All ages
Thurs., July 18     10 a.m.
Thurs., Aug. 15      2 p.m.
Meet in the library's First Floor Reading Room
Step inside this historic building for an informative, guided tour. Tours last about an hour.

Finding Historic Winnebago County Maps
Tues., Aug. 6     6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Librarian Michael McArthur shows how and where to find historic Winnebago County Maps online and in person.

History of Sturgeon Management
Tues., Aug. 20     6 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Ryan Koenigs grew up on the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago and developed a love affair with sturgeon at a relatively young age. Some of his fondest childhood memories are sitting in a boat with his father and grandfather hook and line fishing for lake sturgeon on the Menominee River. Ryan aspired to make a career in fisheries management and was fortunate to land a position as a fisheries technician with the Wisconsin DNR in Oshkosh under the tutelage of Dr. Ronald Bruch. After four years as a fisheries technician, Ryan was hired as the Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist in 2012. In that position, Ryan spends his time conducting assessments of the sturgeon population, leading an ambitious public outreach program, facilitating habitat projects and integrating with internal and external partners to ensure the sustainability of the sturgeon population in the Winnebago System and the tradition associated with sturgeon spearing.