Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

History is the most inclusive and wide-ranging of intellectual pursuits. No other discipline offers more to those who take seriously one of the central purposes of humanistic studies: to educate an informed, thinking, and aware society capable of meeting the challenges of the new century. Gain an understanding of the present and training for the future by building a foundation through knowledge of the past with our history classes.

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Continuing Education



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Tet Offensive

This was the largest operation by the National Liberation Force against the U.S. and its Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) allies. Find out what happened, and why it was a military failure but a strategic success.
HIST:706 | $25 | SR $19
S01 Tu 7-9:30 p.m. Chris Ketcherside
May 22 MC - BA 114

The 1904 World’s Fair: Mankind’s Greatest Achievement

Billboards all around the country read: “MAN’S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT - St. Louis World’s Fair”. Over 20,000,000 visitors came to see the Fair, also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. The Fair consisted of 1496 buildings and structures, which ranged up to 22 acres in size. There were 75 miles of roads and walkways, graced by over 1,000 statues. The Fairgrounds were 14 times bigger than Disneyland. Forty-nine foreign countries, 43 U.S. states, and six U.S. territories participated in the Fair. Doug Schneider will take you on a visual tour of the Fairgrounds as they were in 1904, and show you where you can find remnants of the Fair in 2018. You will also hear about the 1904 Olympics held in conjunction with the World’s Fair - the first Olympics on American soil.
HIST:708 | $19 | SR $15
S01 Tu 1-2:30 p.m. Douglas Schneider
June 5 WW City Hall, Community Rm

Airborne Operations of WWII

This class will be a comparison of the techniques, tactics, and technology of airborne forces in WWII, primarily U.S., British, and German. Although, it will also discuss the Soviet Union, who were pioneers in airborne warfare and started the war with more paratroops than everyone else combined! Come and see how they stack up against each other.
HIST:714 | $25 | SR $19
S01 Tu 7-9:30 p.m. Chris Ketcherside
June 5 MC - SO 107

Crazy Horse: Iconic Warrior and Mysterious Leader

Crazy Horse is one of the most famous Native American leaders of the 19th century. A prominent warrior and chief, he was a central figure in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This made him an iconic figure.
HIST:703 | $19 | SR $14
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. Vincent Heier
June 14 MC - SO 107

Myths of WW II

This lecture will discuss many commonly held truths about WWII that may be controversial. Did the Russian winter stop the Germans in 1941? What exactly is blitzkrieg? Come and find out!
HIST:714 | $25 | SR $19
S02 Tu 7-9:30 p.m. Chris Ketcherside
June 19 MC - SO 205

Steamship Captain: Riding on the High Seas in the 1850s

What was it like to cross the Atlantic again and again from New York to London or France? This tale provides a snapshot of what it was like for one sea captain and his entourage. Get a birds eye description of the luxury afforded the passengers and the crew hierarchy and what it took to get a ship ready for sailing. It was an occupation that demanded total dedication for the safety of the passengers and still does! Senior rate does not apply.
HIST:701 | $19
S01 Tu 7-8:30 p.m. Gloria Perry
July 10 Corporate College 219


Dr. King. Bobby. Tet. A tumultuous election. Chicago. Apollo. The year that Mr. Rogers had to go on television to attempt to comfort a nation of scared children by explaining the meaning of the word “assassination”. This class will explore the political and social highlights and lowlights of one of the most turbulent, significant years in recent memory. On this 50th anniversary of the year that changed everything, we will examine the music scene, the election, the personalities, and the events that made this year so memorable. Whether you lived it or wondered about it, please join us to uncover the power and mystique of this critical year.
HIST:703 | $19 | SR $14
S02 Tu 7-9 p.m. Katie Young
July 10 MC - SO 108

Lost States of America

The State of Franklin, the Conch Republic, the State of Rough and Ready, the Kingdom of Beaver Island, the State of Absaroka-Doug Schneider will take you on a tour of the myriad places that dreamed of being admitted to the Union, but failed. His qualification: he was born on Long Island. which has an active secessionist society that sells postcards “Long Island, the 51st State”. And what about the county that seceded from the state of Missouri in 1961 setting up its own democratically-elected government, issuing visas, and printing its own postage stamps? And did you know that the Alaska Independence Party claims to be the largest third party in America? Join us to find out more fascinating trivia.
HIST:703 | $19 | SR $15
S03 Tu 7-8:30 p.m. Douglas Schneider
July 17 MC - CS 205

The Calvary in the American West, Post Civil War

The popular image of the frontier cavalry shaped by film and television is most often inaccurate. The real horse soldiers of the 19th-century West were a varied group who served in extreme and often difficult circumstances. Join us to find out more.
HIST:705 | $19 | SR $15
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. Vincent Heier
July 19 MC - SO 108

Kings of the Great War

Scripture tells us that “Whoever lives by the sword dies by the sword.” There may be no clearer real-life example of this maxim than the Kings who led their countries into and through the Great War. It was last of the Dynastic Wars in which Kings and Emperors chose the enemies, led their troop in battle, and in some cases lost their crowns and lives. Spend an evening examining the roles of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, King George V of the United Kingdom and the hopeful peacemaker, Pope Benedict XV.
HIST:712 | $19 | SR $14
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. James Gallen
July 19 MC - SO 204

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