Lamar's 2012 Annual Report is out:
New events announcement
This year Lamar has partnered with Unity School to offer summer programming as part of the the Unity School summer school offerings.
Craig Zipperer will be teaching a high school only drawing class for the first 2 weeks of summer school. June 10th-21. Monday-Thursday.
Perspective Drawing of the downtown areas of Milltown, Centuria, and Balsam Lake will be the focus of this class. Day one will be a review of perspective drawing in the classroom followed by the first of 3 field trips. The days following will involve 2 additional field trips to surrounding towns that will give students the opportunity to sketch the environments around them in correct proportion. On the final day of class, students will select one of the towns to complete as a final. In case of bad weather, students will draw from photos of the towns in the shelter of the classroom.
Drawing in Nature, Week 2
Capturing the outside environment of the campus of Unity School District through drawing is the focus of this class. Students will experience drawing outdoors through direct observation. Final drawings will be created using chalk pastels, charcoal, and graphite.
Wilderness Survival Skills, High School for the first 3 weeks of summer school June 10-27 Monday- Thursday. Offered to Middle School, Enrichment Program July 15th-25th.
Taught by Jason Bosak
Description: Get out in the wild and practice your survival skills. Build survival huts, learn orienteering, practice first aid, cook over a campfire and much more…
Lamar Fest 2013, Aug 3rd - Mark your Calendars
This year Lamar Fest will feature local area musical talent with a focus on youth performers. Lamar Fest will also offer art making stations for participants to create art at the Festival. Food provided by local restaurants, consumable products to be available from local area producers. More details to follow.
Capital Campaign goal of $375,000 for the 2012 year reached! Thank you to everyone for your help.
Lamar Says Goodbye to Retiring Board Members
See story below and new board info on "About Lamar"
Lamar, a 1905 two-room school house on the National Register of Historic Places, has provided a focal point for community for over 100 years -- first as a country school, next as a gathering place for a tightly knit agrarian community, and now as an innovative center for education and the arts.
Lamar carries a legacy from century to century of devotion to place, dedication to the varied learning that happens there, and care for the diversity of people who are transformed by the Lamar experience – be they the cherished elders who once attended school at Lamar, the children and adults who enjoy the participatory arts activities at Lamar today, or the lifelong learners who come to Lamar for classes in renewable energy and sustainable living.
Inspired by its legacy, Lamar builds community through education and the arts from a 1905 school on the National Register of Historic Places
Thanks for being a part of Lamar!
Lamar Honors Retiring Board Members
Lamar President David Butler presents Certificates of Appreciation to Dr. Steve Bont and Brooke Dierkhising. Steve has been an advocate for Lamar since 2004 and served on the board during the pivotal years of the capital campaign in 2011 and 2012. Brooke Dierkhising has served Lamar since 2006 as the founder of the Kids Art Camp, secretary, and treasurer. Thank you Steve and Brooke! We’re grateful for all you’ve offered to Lamar and the people it serves!
"Its pure heart supporting Lamar"
Jill Shannon from the St. Croix Valley Foundation which has supported Lamar since 2007 told the audience at the September 10th challenge grant celebration “it’s pure heart supporting Lamar.”
Kris Schmid, Chair of the Building Committee, described the elements of the renovation project including roofing, insulation, electrical, plumbing, accessibility measures, and others, all in keeping with the historic character of the 1905 school.
Melody Wahlberg, Vice President of Lamar, talked about the social history of Lamar as a place that has fostered friendships, learning, and traditions for over 100 years and that it will continue to do so. She told guests: “You can be proud to know you helped make this happen” and invited people to turn to each other and “share a hearty handshake and thank you.”
Jonathan Moore from the National Park Service described Lamar as inspirational for its respect of history and innovations in sustainable building materials and renewable energy systems.
"Do More Together"
Lamar participated in an area wide meeting of historical societies on Thursday, March 8th, celebrating the importance of history to our community vitality. Historical societies and history affiliates met at the Luck Historical Society with Janet Seymour from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The history of Lamar began with the Brokaw-Masterson School in 1879. At Lamar, we're proud to preserve our cultural past while offering programming that addresses the needs and wants of our present time.
LAMAR VOLUNTEER RECEIVES STATEWIDE AWARD
It would be hard to top the dedication of Dorrinne Bebault, Osceola, for her 60 years of service to Lamar Community Center. The Green Bay Packers agree. Dorrinne was one of ten volunteers in the state who received the Green Bay Packer Community Quarterback Award during a recognition dinner at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Wednesday, January 11th.
Dorrinne attended 1905 Lamar School in rural Saint Croix Falls which began operating as Lamar Community Center following its closing as a school in 1945. As a young bride in 1951, she became a member of the Lamar-Sunshine Homemakers who cared for the building in its second era as a community center in the rural tradition. In 1982, she worked with the Wisconsin State Historical Society to place Lamar on the National Register. Dorrinne has continued to assist during the last decade serving as treasurer through the first stage of Lamar’s renovation in 2004, as one of the beloved “Pie Ladies” at the annual Lamar Festival, and in many other ways.
“Dorrinne’s dedication to Lamar is inspiring to us all,” says Director of Lamar, Kathleen Melin. “We’re here today in part because of her foresight and hard work.”
The Community Quarterback award comes with a $2,000 grant designated to Lamar’s capital campaign to complete the renovation of Lamar School and expand programming for area communities.
Lamar has been a focal point for community and civic activities for over 100 years. The school was built by the immigrant farming community that surrounded it in 1905 and continues to be a reference point for cultural continuity. In addition to cultivating community locally, Lamar is also slated to be a destination for those outside of the immediate area with classes, seminars, and events that will contribute to the experience economy developing in the Saint Croix Valley.
Lamar welcomes donations to the campaign which can be made to Lamar, P.O. Box 344, Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024. For further information, email email@example.com.
Last updated: 04/10/2013