29th Annual Local History Series
Brown County Central Library Auditorium
Thursdays, September 21 & October 5-26, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
515 Pine Street, Downtown Green Bay
Free parking after 6 p.m.
The Central Library’s lower level auditorium and meeting rooms are now equipped with a hearing loop. When a hearing aid user selects the “T-coil” setting, the listener receives a clear signal without any background noise resulting in improved speech understanding.
Thursday, September 21
Oneida Language Preservation
The Oneida language is a rich and complex carrier of the Oneida culture. This talk will survey how the language became endangered, what the motivations are to preserve it, and what efforts have been made in the last 80 years to keep it alive.
Clifford Abbott (Yale, PhD) is trained as a linguist. He is recently retired after more than four decades on the UW-Green Bay faculty in the communication, information sciences, and first nations studies programs. His major research focus has been the Oneida language and he has consulted and collaborated with the Oneida people in their efforts to preserve their language.
Thursday, September 28
No program scheduled due to the Packer game in Green Bay against the Chicago Bears.
Thursday, October 5
Thursday, October 12
Beyond the Trenches: The Legacy of Wisconsin in World War I
As we begin commemorating the centennial of World War I, the nation reflects on the role we played in the events that shaped the modern world. Join us as we dig deeper and explore the personal side of the “War to End All Wars” through the stories of Wisconsinites that served “over there”.
Kevin Hampton is the Curator of History at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. He has been involved with living-history programs and local historical society work since 2000. He has been on staff of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum since 2013.
Thursday, October 19
Thursday, October 29
“The Silver Man: the Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie”
With Peter Shrake
Witness the dramatic changes that swept the Wisconsin frontier in the early to mid-1800s, through the life of Indian Agent John Harris Kinzie, “The Silver Man.” From the War of 1812 and the monopoly of the American Fur Company to the Black Hawk War and the focused removal of thousands of Ho-Chunk people from their native lands, John Kinzie’s life story gives us a front-row seat to a pivotal time in the history of the American Midwest.
Peter Shrake is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. He holds two master’s degrees. Shrake has served as executive director of the Sauk County Historical Society and is currently the Reference Archivist at Circus World Museum, in Baraboo, WI.
Copies of The Silver Man will be available for purchase and signing.