New History Book Club

Posted: February 4, 2016

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is partnering with the Chippewa Valley Museum for a unique new book club. The Adventures in History Book Club will meet at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:00pm. It will run like any other monthly book club, with participants sharing their thoughts about each book and helping to select books to read in the future.

This time, however, readers will have the opportunity to bounce questions off a real historian. Chippewa Valley Museum editor John Vanek will participate in the club's discussions, serving as a general resource and encouraging readers to think critically about what all this history might mean.

The Adventures in History Book Club will read widely across American history, from pre-European settlement to the present day. Women's history, environmental history, military history, immigration history, political history, biographies-you name it, this book club will read it. Books about local and regional history or by local authors will also be encouraged.

Readers from all backgrounds, aged high school and older, are invited to participate. People are encouraged to come every month, but they are welcome to pick and choose books they find particularly interesting.

Readers are responsible for acquiring copies of each book. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will have extra copies on hand, so try there first. Registration is recommended. Register at For more information, contact John Vanek at or 715-834-7871.

To kick things off, the club will discuss Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J Ellis at its first meeting on March 8, 2016. Get reading!

Initial reading list:

March 8: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis

April 12: The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation by Adam Rome

May 10: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

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