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HIST:714 Air Campaign Over Germany (WW II)03/23-03/23  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * From 1941 to 1945, over 160,000 Allied airmen in over 33,000 aircraft were lost and the Luftwaffe was completely destroyed in the ferocious battles against German industry.  In this class, we will look at the beginnings of the campaign by British forces, the expansion with the entry of the U.S. 8th Air Force among others, and the counter offensive by the Luftwaffe. This will include examinations of significant missions, types of aircraft, effect on civilians and personal anecdotes. Lastly, we will discuss its controversial results. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50504
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 America's First Political Dynasty: The Adams Family - John Adams03/29-03/29  

The Adams family played a prominent role in American government and culture for a century and a half. Spend an evening studying the life of the patriarch of the Dynasty: John Adams - Lawyer, Promoter of Independence, Diplomat, Legal Draftsman, Vice-President, President and Senior Statesman who died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor; and Solomon his son reigned in his stead. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50491
  • Meeting Dates= 03/29-03/29
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  America's First Political Dynasty: The Adams Family - John Quincy Adams and Posterity04/05-04/05  

The tradition of service begun by John Adams was continued by his son John Quincy Adams - Diplomat, Senator, Secretary of State, Representative, Abolitionist and Old Man Eloquent. Reflect on his contributions to our developing nation as well as that of his sons, Charles Francis Adams, Ambassador to the Court of St. James during the Civil War and historian and confidant Henry Adams. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50492
  • Meeting Dates= 04/05-04/05
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Civil War in Missouri (1861-1864)03/02-03/02  

There were more battles and engagements in Missouri than any other Union state. We will see how the war began in Missouri and how it progressed, including the definitive battle for control of Missouri that was fought in a neighboring state. In addition to the major battles, there was guerilla warfare in the Ozarks and other areas. You'll hear about the home front in Missouri which was likely a more dangerous place to be than any other Union state. Cost for adults 60 and over $11.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50496
  • Meeting Dates= 03/02-03/02
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 Eastern Front: World War II03/16-03/16  

The Eastern Front was the largest land campaign ever fought, dwarfing others with its colossal scale in distance and numbers. For every German the GIs faced in WWII, three were fighting in Russia against overwhelming numbers of Russian soldiers. This was the decisive campaign of the Second World War. This class will cover the opening campaign, other principle campaigns and battles such as Kharkov, Stalingrad, Kursk, Cherkassy, Bagration among others, and culminate with the capture of Berlin. Also, we'll see how the results of this war still impact events today. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50505
  • Meeting Dates= 03/16-03/16
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 Egypt04/06-04/13  

This class will focus on Egypt, the largest Muslim nation in population in the Middle East. The class will explore the following topics: British occupation from 1882 to the 1950's; the Suez Canal: water, population, poverty; the secular revolution of 1952 and the role of the Egyptian army; the 3 Premiers who follow after 1952 and their roles with the U.S, Israel, USSR & other Arab nations; the role of the society of the Muslim brotherhood; the spring revolution of 2011 and the events that followed. We will also look at the present leader today, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50014
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/13
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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HIST:703 George Armstrong Custer: A Conflicted Legend03/08-03/08  

George Armstrong Custer is probably the most controversial military figure in American history, particularly due to his untimely defeat at the Little Bighorn. This class will focus upon how the conflicted life and death of Custer moved from history to myth due especially to the efforts of his widow, Elizabeth Custer. We will also explore the myth through examples of art, poetry, film and even music. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50499
  • Meeting Dates= 03/08-03/08
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Vincent Heier
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 Guadalcanal03/03-03/03  

Operation Shoestring was a battle the United States was not prepared to fight, but was compelled to fight. This class will look at both the land campaign and the naval combat around the Island that led to so many ships being sunk that it is now called Iron Bottom Sound. The plans and reactions of both sides are discussed, as they continually poured reinforcements into a battle that neither side expected to be so fierce and costly. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50456
  • Meeting Dates= 03/03-03/03
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Irish Witches & Wise Women03/22-03/22  

Come spend a fascinating evening hearing about the history of witches and witchcraft and how these women were persecuted due to their knowledge of herbs and healing along with prejudice by male physicians and church leaders. Then we will examine, in particular, the history of witches in Ireland and how witch persecution differed in that country. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50494
  • Meeting Dates= 03/22-03/22
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Charles Kilker
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 Life in Colonial America Before the Revolution03/09-03/09  

This class is your passport to pre-revolutionary times in America. Europeans in the 1700s were fascinated with news they kept hearing about newly "discovered" land of America, which lead to the founding of the American colonies in that century. The northern colonies developed differently from the southern colonies as a result of immigration trends, geography and many local factors, making for diverse lifestyles for the people of the two regions. You'll enjoy discovering what they wore, the foods they ate and the activities that dominated their lives before the American Revolution. Although slavery also existed in the North at this time, there were many other differences that may have made the Civil War inevitable. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50508
  • Meeting Dates= 03/09-03/09
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Medicine in the Civil War04/05-04/05  

Medical treatment was still very crude at the time of the Civil War and medicines sometimes did more harm than good. The high percentage of deaths among the wounded wasn't because of lack of care, as you'll see, but because of the few and overwhelmed hospitals and medical personnel. You'll hear about the amazing efforts of many famous individuals, such as Clara Barton, Dorothea Dix, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman and Phoebe Pember. Come hear how they all coped. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50507
  • Meeting Dates= 04/05-04/05
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 Normany Invasion: The German Perspective03/30-03/30  

Operation Overlord is a well-known, much discussed and highly documented battle from the Allied perspective. But what about the defenders? What was the German overall plan? What types of soldiers were manning the defenses? This class will cover the invasion from the German point of view, covering what their plan was, and how they reacted to the surprise at Normandy, the paratrooper landings and the dominant Allied air cover. The story of this battle has amazing new insights when seen from the enemy's eyes. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50506
  • Meeting Dates= 03/30-03/30
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 Oil: The Fuel That Drives U.S. Foreign Policy04/07-04/07  

In the past decade, the United States has reduced its petroleum imports by 20%. Though foreign oil now fuels less than half of our daily habit, Americans' disparate use of global oil will continue to drive foreign policy. This course will examine how the ooze that has tantalized and entangled our nation has played a role in nearly every major U.S. military engagement since World War II. It will reveal the patterns, decisions and partnerships that have directed and resulted from the substance that President Jimmy Carter deemed a national security imperative. Please join us to explore the history of America's relationship with its favorite non-renewable resource. Texans are welcome. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50498
  • Meeting Dates= 04/07-04/07
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 Politics & Religion04/20-04/20  

To begin to understand today's hot issues surrounding religion and politics in the U.S., we have to start with what the Constitution and the founding fathers said about the separation of church and state. Using speeches, letters and articles, we'll examine historical issues that have brought politics and religion face-to-face. We'll conclude with a discussion of Senator John Danforth's writing on faith and politics. Join us for a lively, thought-provoking evening. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50889
  • Meeting Dates= 04/20-04/20
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Shiloh (1862)04/12-04/12  

Ulysses S. Grant's army was camped along the Tennessee River near Pittsburg Landing. Before he could be reinforced by General Buell's forces, the Confederacy's most competent general, Albert S. Johnston, suddenly attacked. Understand Johnston's plan of battle and how he fought it. There were more casualties on those two days than in all of America's previous wars. Cost for adults 60 and over $11.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50495
  • Meeting Dates= 04/12-04/12
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 Stalingrad03/10-03/10  

This class will discuss the German offensive into the southern Soviet Union in 1942 and how Stalingrad became an objective. We will look at how the battle was fought from the perspectives of both sides along with the details of the Soviet counter-offensive. Was this a turning point in WWII? If not, it was a tremendous loss from which the Wehrmacht would never recover. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50457
  • Meeting Dates= 03/10-03/10
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:706 The "Other" Vietnam War04/19-04/19  

From 1946 through 1954 the French fought a war in Vietnam that saw the collapse of her empire in Asia. It laid the groundwork for the war we fought in the 1960s and 70s, so a better understanding of this war is needed to properly view our war in Vietnam. The class will focus on military difficulties faced by the French Union as well as diplomatic efforts. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50501
  • Meeting Dates= 04/19-04/19
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 The Arab- Israeli Conflict: 1948-197303/01-03/01  

In the first three decades of its existence, a nascent Israel faced the persistent threat of war at the hands of a host of hostile neighbors. This period saw four major wars, territorial expansion into key areas, and the formation of the institutions that would support a strong, democratic Israeli state. If you have ever wondered how a state that would fit inside of New Jersey, surrounded by enemies, managed to persevere in the face of nearly constant peril, join us. We will discuss the development of Israel's military might, the PLO and the significance of the iconic photograph of Israeli soldiers at the Western Wall. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50004
  • Meeting Dates= 03/01-03/01
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Arab- Israeli Conflict: The Intifada (1973)03/08-03/08  

In recent months, pundits, journalists and politicians have had much to say regarding the continued extension of American aid to Egypt. This course will discuss the birth of this strategic aid package and its connection to Israel. It will bring into focus the cast of characters in Israeli politics and their meaning to their people and neighbors. The 1970s, 80s, 90s and the first decade of the 21st century brought important changes for Israel, its neighbors and especially the displaced Palestinians who continued to champion a return to the land that is crucial to their national identity. Please join us to discuss the Camp David Accords, Israel's war with Lebanon, the Palestinian uprising and other moments of heartbreak and hope in this epic struggle for national survival. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50005
  • Meeting Dates= 03/08-03/08
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Post-Intifada Spring of Hope and its Aftermath03/22-03/22  

The iconic photo of President Clinton standing between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn in 1993 represents the hope for peace that followed the end of the First Intifada. This course will study that optimistic period, in which, despite continued violence, key figures on both sides believed in and worked toward the establishment of a Palestinian state in exchange for peace. It will examine the roles of the United States, internal Israeli politics, a divided Palestinian people, regional strife and international forces in the pursuit and devastating collapse of peace. The series will conclude with an overview of the key issues that continue to thwart a comprehensive Arab-Israeli settlement. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50006
  • Meeting Dates= 03/22-03/22
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Before 194802/23-02/23  

To say that the conflict between Arab (mostly Muslim) and Israeli (mostly Jewish) is as old as Abraham is hardly a stretch. This course will highlight major developments in the history of the land that is now the state of Israel prior to its inception in 1948. We will discuss key empires and leaders that governed this important territory, its religious significance and the conflicting claims that groups have made regarding its rightful rule. This class will illustrate the significance of the Zionist movement, the World Wars and the United Nations in the creation of an independent homeland for the millions of formerly diaspora Jews. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50003
  • Meeting Dates= 02/23-02/23
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 The Civil War in Film03/30-03/30  

The rebroadcast of Ken Burns' Civil War series has reminded us of the visual nature of that conflict. This class will focus upon how the subject of the Civil War has been captured by Hollywood from silent films to modern epics and especially what the movies got right and got wrong. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50455
  • Meeting Dates= 03/30-03/30
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Vincent Heier
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 The Islamic State - ISIS (Part II): Regional Dynamics03/10-03/10  

We have already unpacked the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham. We know its motives, practices and objectives. The next phase of understanding ISIS will require an analysis of its impact on regional politics and alliances. How did the United States find itself on the same team as Hizballah? Is Iran's intervention in Iraq against ISIS good news? Is Israel in danger? If you have not yet taken the original ISIS course, do not fret. This class will begin with a recap of the most important elements of the self-styled Islamic State. It will incorporate such regional elements as Sunni-Shi'a rivalry, power politics, the Syrian civil war and the fragile state of modern Iraq. Please join us to place ISIS in regional context and to examine its potential to affect change, realignment and perhaps even revolution in the modern Middle East. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50500
  • Meeting Dates= 03/10-03/10
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 The Reformation & Counter-Reformation Come to America (from 16th Century Europe)04/12-04/26  

We'll begin with a brief review of the Reformation period of the 16th Century in Europe. Then, we will turn our attention to America, looking at this Reformation from both the Protestant and Catholic perspectives and how very different they were. We will take this review from the start of the 13 colonies in the 17th century to immigration in the 18th century and end with the early 19th century. Cost for adults 60 and over $29.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50509
  • Meeting Dates= 04/12-04/26
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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HIST:712 The Waterloo Campaign of 181504/14-04/14  

The last four days of Napoleon's "100 Days" is often viewed through English eyes, but the campaign was fought by the French, the Prussians, the Dutch-Belgians and soldiers from many minor German states. In this class, we will look at the events of June 1815 from a variety of viewpoints, giving a picture that strays from popular perceptions, but is closer to the truth of Napoleon's last campaign. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50458
  • Meeting Dates= 04/14-04/14
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 They Shall Not Pass! World War I in France03/23-03/23  

Il ne passeront pas, "They shall not pass" is a phrase used to express determination to defend a position against an enemy. It was most famously used during the Battle of Verdun in the First World War. The impact of the First World War on France was overwhelming, with 1.6 million young Frenchmen dying. This class will examine that war, and how it shaped French attitudes during the Second World War and the withdrawal from empire. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50503
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 204
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 War within a War: Native American Uprising in Minnesota (1862)02/23-02/23  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Treaty violations in the late 1850s had left the Dakota-Sioux in Minnesota hungry and discouraged. Then a hunting party of young braves murdered five settlers on their farm in Minnesota. A Native American uprising of peaceful Sioux (who were mainly farmers) followed. Hundreds of settlers and Native Americans were killed. Come hear about the causes, adventures and the conclusion of this great tragedy and the role President Lincoln played in it. Cost for adults 60 and over $11.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50497
  • Meeting Dates= 02/23-02/23
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 Warfare in the Horse and Musket Era03/09-03/09  

Come spend an evening learning about the armies, weapons and tactics that dominated the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. We will discuss how kings and generals used tactics and technology of horse, foot and gun to build empires. Discussions of weapons, tactics and army structures will include illustrative battles of the period. We will explore the tactics of Gustavus Adolphus, Frederick the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte as we travel through this period of military history. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 51074
  • Meeting Dates= 03/09-03/09
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Craig Ackerman
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:701 Yankee Bride in the Heart of Richmond03/31-03/31  

This story begins in 1849, with a Philadelphia orphan who was transported to a Richmond orphanage for the duration of the Civil War. It was there that she became the wife of a former Confederate-soldier who made a life for them as they traveled in service with the U.S. Calvary. There were few options for women during that time. She epitomizes the strong, enduring nature of many women of that era. Come hear the adventurous tale of her life as told by her great-grand-daughter costumed in period dress. As you hear this tale, be inspired to consider how you also might vividly retell your own family's stories. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50493
  • Meeting Dates= 03/31-03/31
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor=  STAFF
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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