Month: February 2016

Black Thursday Presentation

 

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh history professor Stephen Kercher, Ph.D was a guest speaker at the Morgan house on Tuesday, February 23. Dr. Kercher spoke about the events leading up to the black student protests at the then Wisconsin State University at Oshkosh on November 21, 1968, or Black Thursday. The presentation included pictures, audio, and video clips of the racial tension that boiled over into a confrontation in Dempsey Hall, which, in the end, resulted in the expulsion of 90 black students. Dr. Kercher’s work on the Black Thursday history is an example of racial politics and the Civil Rights Movement in our area.

Dr. Kercher was a co-curator of an exhibit featured at UWO in November 2008, the 40th anniversary of the demonstration. The oral history project included about 100 interviews from former students, members of the community, university faculty and staff, and police officers. If you would like to learn more about the local race issues in the 1960s, the “Oshkosh 94”, and the impact of their actions, you can view the online history exhibit: www.blackthursday.uwosh.edu
Were you on campus or in Oshkosh during these events on November 21, 1968? What did you take away from the demonstrations? Did it change your outlook on the politics and policies at the time?

February Book Club Meeting

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The WCHAS held its first book club meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the Morgan House. So far we have 4 individuals in the group that are excited to be reading books related to history. This month, the group has decided to start off by reading Erik Larson’s book, Thunderstruck. Our next meeting will be at the Morgan House on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 pm. There we will socialize, talk about the book, and pick next month’s book.

If you are interested in joining the book club, please email WinnebagoHistoricalSociety@gmail.com with your name and contact information (phone number & email) and we will add you to the book club group. We will also send you meeting updates and the book discussion questions for the next meeting.