Presenter: Don Walters

Date: Monday, Jan. 25

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn: 5 East Baxter Lane. 

At age 17 Don Walters wished to follow his brother’s footsteps and join the military to help his country. He had to convince his mother to sign the papers allowing him to enlist underage. He was sent to Dachau as a US Army guard for War Crimes Trials. As a young man who had not been out of the state of Wisconsin, being thrust into the realities of the Holocaust and its aftermath changed his life forever.

Don has shared his experiences with teacher groups, high school student groups, and book groups. Due to the popularity of his highly informative and forever shocking experiences, he has created a PowerPoint presentation with follow-up discussion.

Presenter Bio: Don Walters grew up in Wisconsin, joined the army at age 17, and served as a guard for the War Crimes Trials in Dachau, Germany. An artist, coach, and lifelong teacher, Walters in 1968 became a professor at Western Montana University where he was head of the art department, creator of the rodeo club, sponsor of Kappa Pi honorary, and initiator of the Art Mobile, designed to bring art to rural schools. He has traveled widely, especially enjoying his expedition with National Geographic to Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust