Winchester Academy logoThe Winchester Academy, located in Waupaca, Wisconsin, is a center for lifelong learning. It was inspired by the tradition of the Scandinavian Folk Academy. The Winchester Academy brings free programs to the community to stimulate participants to want to learn more about the topics. The Academy usually offers around 20 free public lectures each year, in three series - fall, winter-spring, and summer.

Winchester Academy Programs

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. View the current schedule here.

May 2017 letter from Winchester Academy

WINCHESTER ACADEMY BOARD OF TRUSTEES - 2016                                          

Richard Bidwell (President), Maggie Jones (Vice President), Ann Buerger Linden (Executive Director) Kathleen Daley (Secretary), Kate Saunders (Treasurer),

Georgia Calvo - Rose Dorow - Nyles Eskritt - Terry Hankey - David Hathaway - Joe Janssen -  Vance Linden

Anita Olson - Patrick Phair - Richard Wagner - Joan Wasserberg - Patricia Williams - Maurice Wozniak



Winchester Academy offers its programs to the public free of charge. It depends on the community in the form of individual and corporate gifts. Contributions are tax deductible under section 501©(3) of the federal tax code. Donors of $300 or more earn ‘sponsorship’ status. The Academy makes every effort to select speakers or topics as requested by the sponsors.

For more information please contact Ann Buerger Linden, Executive Director  (715) 258-2927


DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TOPIC (or haunting unanswered question) WHICH AN EXPERT CAN ADDRESS? The Board of Trustees invites you to let us be your “knowledge seeker” and try to find that student/scholar who can satisfy your curiosity. The Mission of Winchester Academy includes the goal of serving the public’s wish for continued intellectual growth. In other words, do YOU have a question for which we can probably find a person with the answer.


OUR MISSION: "Winchester Academy’s mission is to enrich the community by providing free, intellectually stimulating, informative, and engaging programs."