Book Signing by Author and Historian Jerry Apps

Jerry Apps

The Clearing Folk School is pleased to host a book signing for celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps, author of eight Wisconsin Historical Society Press books and dozens of other books and articles. Jerry will discuss his latest book, The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters. In addition to being the author of dozens of books about rural history and gardening, Apps is also the subject of a national PBS documentary, A Farm Story with Jerry Apps, first produced by Wisconsin Public Television.

In his new book, he shares stories about growing up and keeping warm on a farm in central Wisconsin in the 1930s and early ‘40s. His memories are of a “quieter season” – a winter world before electricity when farmers milked cows by hand by the light of a kerosene lantern. It was an era when a major part of every winter’s work was “making wood” to heat drafty farm homes and rural country schools and when a lack of indoor plumbing meant every morning began with a rousingly-cold dash to an outhouse.

This free book signing takes place on Nov. 2 from 4 – 6 pm at The Clearing’s Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay, following his day-long writing workshop, “Writing from Your Life.” For more information visit, or call 920.854.4088.