Lester O. Schwartz to be subject of historical society presentation April 21

The late Lester O. Schwartz, professor of art at Ripon College from 1944 to 1977, will be the focus of a presentation by the Ripon Historical Society Thursday, April 21. The event is free and open to the public.

It will begin at 7 p.m. at the historical society headquarters, 508 Watson St., but people also may attend remotely via Zoom at ripon.edu/Schwartz. The Meeting ID is 811 8967 8729 and the Passcode is 231570

The presenters will be Schwartz’s daughter, Tanya Schwartz-Roeper ’88, with assistance from Associate Professor of Art and Art History Travis Nygard.

Original artwork by Schwartz will be on display and an open forum discussion will follow.

Before the presentation, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Ripon College student volunteers will conduct tours of the society’s 1857 Pedrick-Lawson House at 515 Ransom St.

Student volunteers at the Ripon Historical Society this semester include Adam Scholze ’22 of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Aftyn Reinwand ’23 of Chili, Wisconsin; Amanda Von Ruden ’25 of Dousman, Wisconsin; Bailey Zanck ’22 of New Berlin, Wisconsin; Dinah Schmidt ’24 of Wautoma, Wisconsin; Emily Rohde ’25 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Gemma Koester-Jess ’23 of Madison, Wisconsin; Livi Robinson ’24 of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Oscar Telschow ’24 of Edgar, Wisconsin; Pierce Reese-Grimm ’24 of Wautoma, Wisconsin; Sarah Nakis ’23 of Lake in the Hills, Illinois; and Alli Bumby and Lydia Wilson of Ripon, Wisconsin, both high school students participating in the College’s Early College Credit Program.

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