FdL library offers tavern history; arduino class; more
In a fitting Wisconsin salute to National Historic Preservation Month, the Fond du Lac Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation on historic architecture and Wisconsin taverns at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.
Jim Draeger, author of “Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries,” will use historic and modern photos to tell the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing and to visit notable sites along the way.
The History at Home program is free; no registration required.
“Taverns and breweries represent diverse architectural styles. There are bars in barns and basements and brewpubs in former ice cream factories and railroad depots,” said Dyann Benson, community development director for the City of Fond du Lac. “We are excited to bring this interesting presentation to the public as part of the Historic Preservation Commission’s educational outreach.”
Draeger is an architectural historian and the State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than 25 years of historic preservation experience. After Draeger’s presentation at the library, those in attendance will be encouraged to continue the discussion socially in the historic Elks Club bar across the street.
The library’s History at Home programs focus on local and state history at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Upcoming programs include:
•June 18: History of The Little Farmer, presented by Theresa Mayer
•July 16: Following in their Footsteps: Local WWI Soldiers in Europe, presented by Wayne King and Maureen Betz
•Aug. 20: Moonshining and Bootlegging in the Holy Land, presented by John Jenkins
•Sept. 17: Railroading in Early Fond du Lac, presented by Tracy Reinhardt
•Oct. 15: Harry Houdini, presented by Emily Rock
•Nov. 19: Cathedral Mice of St. Paul’s
Learn programming, electronics at ‘Intro to Arduino’ May 27, June 3
Unleash your inner inventor at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s two-part class, “Intro to the Arduino” at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, May 27 and June 3.
The Arduino is a mini computer that can function as the brains in everything from robots and flying drones to Christmas light shows, beer brewing equipment and indoor gardening. Inventor and robotics instructor John Papenheim will use a new, simplified interface to teach basic electronics and computer programming, providing a glimpse into how today’s electronic gadgets work.
All supplies will be provided, however it’s recommended that attendees bring laptops from home, if possible. For adults and teens in seventh grade and older. Attendance is limited, and registration is required (attendance at Part One is required to attend Part Two). To register, visit fdlpl.org, or call the Help Desk at (920) 322-3929.
Papenheim, owner of Papenheim’s Signcrafters, is founder of roboticsisfun.com and Fondy Heat youth robotics. He’s a certified robotics and industrial automation adjunct instructor with a bachelor’s in Career/Technical Education. A longtime amateur inventor/maker (or “mad scientist” if you saw his basement), Papenheim also has been an instructor at numerous youth robotics camps and workshops.
Tweens to make rubber-band car May 28
Watch ’em fly! Tweens ages 9 to 13 are invited to the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Tween Scene program at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 28, to make rubber band-powered cars using upcycled household items and ingenuity. All supplies provided. The program is free. No registration required.