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Scenes from the Life of a Young Increase Lapham

Join us for a Milwaukee Public Library Evening Spotlight Series program, Scenes from the Life of a Young Increase Lapham, in the Richard and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6:30-7:30pm
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, Second Floor
Seating is limited. Please call the Art, Music & Recreation Department at
(414) 286-3071 to register.

How did Increase Lapham come to be Wisconsin's first scientist? Martha Bergland presents this program about Lapham's early life--how he learned geology, botany and engineering with little formal schooling. Lapham worked on canals in New York, Kentucky, and Ohio before he came to Milwaukee at the age of 25. His family, his work and the men he worked with prepared him to be Wisconsin's first scientist.

Martha Bergland is the author of two novels from Graywolf Press, A Farm Under a Lake and Idle Curiosity. She is a regular contributor to Milwaukee Magazine. Bergland is currently writing a biography of Increase Lapham.

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