A series of programs on the legacy of Chippewa Valley author and editor Waldemar Ager will be presented Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, in Eau Claire.
The programs are offered in observance of the 25th anniversary of the Eau Claire-based Waldemar Ager Association and the 150th anniversary of Ager’s birth.
In his newspaper articles and in his novels and stories, Ager (1869-1941) wrote about the people he observed in daily life. The programs introduce his writings, talk about his views of immigration, seek to understand the immigrant experience and place all of this in its historical and contemporary context.
Except where indicated, the programs are free and open to the general public. They include the following:
• "Ager and American Literature," presented by Tim Hirsch, 4 p.m. March 22, Davies Center, UW-Eau Claire.
• "Norwegian Migration: Women, Gender and Historical Patterns," by Betty Bergland, 2:30 p.m. March 23, Mayo Clinic Health System auditorium.
• Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra concert featuring Norwegian composers, 7:30 p.m. March 23, Pablo Center at the Confluence. For tickets to the concert go to tinyurl.com/yxhypp58.
• Pre-concert talk about Norwegian composers presented by Gretchen Peters, 6:30 p.m., Pablo Center.
There will be a reception and banquet with a Norwegian buffet at 5:15 p.m. March 22 in Davies Center. Payment of $27 for reception and banquet must be made by today; go to agerhouse.org/150th-birthday.htm or mail to Treasurer, Ager Association, P.O. Box 1742, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1742.