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Jerry Apps Memories Warm Up Winter


An image of Jerry Apps' farm taken by his son Steve Apps.

Come in from the cold and settle into winter with celebrated rural historian and author Jerry Apps as he shares country winter memories of "The Quiet Season" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21, at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison. Apps will recall the wintry Wisconsin days when farmers milked cows by hand with the light of a kerosene lantern, woodstoves heated drafty farm homes, "making wood" was a major part of every winter's work. These Wisconsin winters of the past shaped a culture in which winters were a time of reflection, of planning, and of families drawing together.

The cover of "The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters"
The memories are drawn from Apps' newest collection of rural stories, published this fall by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, 'The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters.' A signing will follow the book talk. "The Quiet Season" event is free, but a suggested $2 per person donation is appreciated.

Upcoming Book Signings

About the Author

Jerry Apps has been a rural historian and environmental writer for more than 40 years and has published fiction and nonfiction books on many rural topics, including such Wisconsin Historical Society Press books as: 'Limping through Life: A Farm Boy's Polio Memoir'; 'Old Farm: A History'; 'Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening'; 'Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and Their Stunning Circus Success'; 'Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker'; and 'Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses.' Wisconsin Public Television produced two documentaries based on his boyhood stories: the 2012 hit, "Jerry Apps: A Farm Story" and "A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps," which debuts December 4.

:: Posted November 18, 2013

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