A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps
FILM SCREENING + BOOK SIGNING
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Woodland Theater, Davies Center 328
6:30 – 9 p.m.
> Wisconsin Public Television will showcase its
new documentary based on Jerry Apps' book,
The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters
Born and raised on a central Wisconsin farm, historian Jerry Apps remembers country winters during the Great Depression and World War II. Apps recalls a time before electricity on the farm, when farmers milked cows by hand and "making wood" was a major part of winter's work. The children in his rural community walked to a country school that was heated with a woodstove and had no indoor plumbing. Wisconsin winters then were a time of reflection, of planning for next year, and of families drawing together. He describes how winter influenced farm families and suggests that those of us who grow up with harsh northern winters are profoundly affected in ways we often are not aware.
Apps is a former county extension agent and professor emeritus from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 30 years. Today he works as a rural historian, full-time writer and creative writing instructor.
He is the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life — with topics ranging from barns, one-room country schools, cranberries, cucumbers, cheese factories and humor to farming with horses and the Ringling Brothers Circus. He has written about billy goats, farm dogs, barn cats, country boy pranks, early farm tractors and Fourth of July celebrations.
Apps is a former publications editor for UW-Extension, an acquisitions editor for the McGraw-Hill Book Company, and editor of a national professional journal. He has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers (2007 Major Achievement Award), Upper Midwest Booksellers, and Barnes and Noble Bookstores, among others. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
BOOKS FOR THIS EVENT ARE AVAILABLE NOW IN THE UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE
JERRY APPS WILL BE OUR GUEST AND SIGN BOOKS ON SITE, ACCOMPANIED BY
INGA WITSCHER, HOST OF WPT'S AROUND THE FARM TABLE
Sponsored by the University Bookstore
Admission is free and open to all.