The Clearing to Host Jerry Apps Book Signing

Celebrated rural historian, Jerry Apps, recalls the sights, sounds, sentiments and the chill of winters on the farm in his newest Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters. 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.

On Nov. 2, 4 – 6 pm, The Clearing in Ellison Bay will host a book reception and signing with Apps. For more information about The Quiet Season, visit