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Winchester Academy

August 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

How Wisconsin Abolished the Death Penalty in the 1850S

Brett Barker is associate professor of history at UW-Stevens Point, Wausau campus. Wisconsin abolished the death penalty in 1853 only five years after becoming a state, and shortly after the gruesome hanging execution of a man who murdered his wife in Kenosha. Wisconsin has the distinction of having no death penalty longer than any other state in the nation. Barker will elaborate on the social and political forces that resulted in the historic repeal of the death penalty which at the time was the only sentence available to judges in murder cases.

Thank Waupaca Foundry, Inc. with help from the Winchester Academy Board of Trustees for sponsoring this program.

The Winchester Academy of Waupaca presents a series of lectures throughout the year. Unless otherwise noted, programs are held in the downstairs meeting rooms of the Waupaca Area Public Library. Each presentation lasts approximately one hour and is followed by discussion and refreshments. There is no admission charge. Should a late cancellation be necessary, it will be announced on WDUX (fm 92.7). All programs begin at 6:30 P.M.

The name “Winchester Academy” implies a building and physical structure, but there is none. The Academy is a voluntary organization with a Board of Trustees comprised of area citizens that fosters lifelong learning based on ideas originating in Scandinavian folk academies. The Academy offers, on average, twenty-five programs annually. There is no membership required for attendance at programs. All are FREE of charge and open to the general public. Programs are usually held at the Waupaca Area Public Library on Monday evenings at 6:30. Other venues and days of the week are occasionally used for special seminars and musical programs (e.g., churches, or other sites that can accommodate larger crowds). Some programs might include controversial subject matter, but the Academy takes no position and seeks to provide balanced and reliable information.


August 5, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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