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September 26, 2011

History of Waukesha springs lecture

WAUKESHA, WIS.—Local historian John Schoenknecht will present "The Springs of Waukesha" at Carroll University on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall of Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha, and is based on his book, "The Great Waukesha Springs Era: 1868-1918." Schoenknecht will show photos and discuss the history of Waukesha’s mineral springs region, including its "healing baths," social centers and carbonated beverage bottling sources. This event is free and open to the public.

Schoenknecht received a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master's degree in education from Carroll. He recently retired after 33 years of teaching at Butler Middle School. In his spare time, he conducted research on the fate of Waukesha's springs, and wrote his first book, "The Great Waukesha Springs Era: 1868-1918," which received an Achievement Award from the State Historical Society. Schoenknecht has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the City of Waukesha Landmarks Commission and the Waukesha County Museum. He also was awarded a State Historical Achievement Award for his work on the restoration of Minniska Spring.

This event is sponsored by the Carroll Honors Students Living-Learning Community. It is part of the university's yearlong exploration of WATER: the essential element of life on earth, an interdisciplinary-themed series that will explore our relationships with water on personal, regional and global levels. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Carroll community will examine how water informs cultural, environmental, spiritual, economic and political issues. For more information, visit


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