Jean Dulmage, who participated in and admired the Dartmouth-based adult education program then known as ILEAD, felt that Woodstock residents had a difficult time making the drive to Hanover during the winter months. As a consequence, in 1999 she began a program known as WESAW (Winter Educational Series At Woodstock) that took ILEAD as its model but soon developed its own character. Classes were first held at the Thompson Senior Center and other sites in Woodstock.
WESAW’s core educational mission was conceived as educational enrichment with emphasis on stimulating topics being presented within seminar-sized groups led by well-qualified individuals.
In 2008, when Jean retired and WESAW’s programs were expanded to include fall courses, the name was changed from WESAW to the Woodstock Learning Collaborative, now called The Learning Lab. Nan Bourne guided the program from 2008 to 2014, when Ron Miller became the coordinator.
The Learning Lab is a nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors. On a modest budget, derived entirely from course fees, the program offers five to seven classes in the fall, winter, and spring each year. Classes are held at the Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock History Center, and sometimes at a private home. Specialty classes may be held at ArtisTree or at area restaurants or inns. The Learning Lab aims to serve the entire community–people of all ages and interests–yet it is one of Woodstock’s best-kept secrets. We invite you to discover the exciting and stimulating learning opportunities available to you.
Board of Directors:
Nira Granott Fox
In memoriam: Our friend and colleague, Sarah Mitchell, who served on the board and led many classes over the years.