Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 pm

Fifth Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture

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The Stockbridge Library Association is pleased to announce veteran beekeeper Kenneth Warchol will deliver the fifth annual William Selke Memorial Lecture on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  His topic will be “The Role of the Honeybee in Our Environment.”

Using a narrated visual presentation, Kenneth Warchol will share his knowledge about honeybees, one of the world’s hardest working creatures.  You will travel inside a beehive to better understand the mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in humanity’s survival on Earth.  Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival.  Ken also will bring samples of a variety of honey for everyone to taste.

SelkeMartha Selke established the Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture with the Stockbridge Library in 2015 to honor the memory of her husband, who enjoyed a distinguished career in engineering research and development.  William Selke received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and earned a doctorate in engineering from Yale University.  He was on the faculty of Columbia University and later worked for the Dupont Corporation, the Peter J. Schweitzer Corporation (a Lee-based company specializing in the manufacture of specialized technical papers), and Kimberly-Clark, as Vice President of the Corporate Science and Technology Group.

After his retirement, Selke returned to Stockbridge where he was actively engaged in civic life, serving on numerous Town boards and committees as well as the boards of the Stockbridge Library Association (as President), The Laurel Hill Association, The Old Corner House-Stockbridge Historical Society, and The Berkshire Museum. He was also an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s lecturer, Kenneth Warchol, became involved with the Massachusetts Federation of Beekeepers in the 1970s.  He is a 6th generation caretaker of bees; his family’s practice originated in Poland in the 1840s.  Many consider him “the bee whisperer” due to his unique talent with bees.

In 1999, Ken was chair of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Worcester County Bee Association, the oldest county beekeeping association in the country.  Warchol has continued to speak to a wide variety of interest groups and beekeeping associations throughout New England mostly about honeybee abnormalities and disease and has published several articles in the American Bee Journal.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call the Library at (413) 298-5501.

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