People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

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Name: People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish
Date: January 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Event Description:
Lake sturgeon, an ancient fish native to the Great Lakes region, can grow to be more than six feet long, 200 pounds, and live more than 100 years. This "dinosaur fish" once teetered on the brink of extinction, but in Wisconsin, careful management for over 100 years has allowed one population to thrive. On Wednesday, January 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Verona Public Library, Kathleen Schmitt Kline, coauthor of People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, will highlight some of the milestones in the management of this unique fish. People of the Sturgeon is a history of the cultures surrounding lake sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of photos, artifacts, and a few good fish tales. From some of the earliest inhabitants of Wisconsin, the Menominee Indian Tribe, to the spearers who flock to frozen Lake Winnebago for the annual sturgeon spearing season, people have always been drawn to this ancient fish. This presentation is part of a program series relating to the Wisconsin Historical Society traveling exhibit “Great Lakes Small Steams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin”, on display at the Verona Public Library from January 24 through February 19. The Wisconsin Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the Herzfeld Foundation, Wisconsin Humanities Council, and Ralph Evinrude Foundation for their generous support of "Great Lakes Small Streams". This presentation is free and open to the public. To register, or for information, visit www.veronapubliclibrary.org, or call 608-845-7180. The Verona Public Library is located at 500 Silent Street.
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