Eras of History
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The History of the Postal Service and Stamp Collecting
Discover the history of postal services, from 6,000 years ago to the present. Topics covered will include how war in the Persian Gulf highlights the importance of mail, man’s ingenuity in transporting messages, and the history and development of the U.S. Postal Service. You will learn about Rowland Hill’s invention of the adhesive stamp and how it augured in universal mail delivery. Discuss the problems with privatization and contracting out, the importance of the 1971 postal strike, automation, and the Postal Inspection Service.
CE-HIST 2050, 3 Thurs., Dec. 1-15, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-3, $75. T Riley. #90034
The Great Abolitionist—Frederick Douglass
Discuss the early life of slavery that Frederick Douglass endured. Fortunate to have learned to read, learn how his intelligence shaped his development as an outstanding orator and writer of his time. Trace the escape route he followed to freedom and how he became the most outstanding abolitionist of his time. Discover through Douglass’ autobiographical writings the greatest gift he gave his country…his story.
CE-HIST 2140VA, 3 Wed., Mar. 1-15, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, $60. C Andersen. #20025
The Great Hunger in Ireland and Its Legacy
Between 1845-1852, the population of Ireland was reduced from 8 million people to less than 5 million due to the Irish Famine. This course examines its causes, and its effects on America. It examines the conquest of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell and his imposition of draconian laws, which contributed to the famine. We will explore the viewpoint of well-known Irish scholars on the Irish Diaspora to Canada, Australia, Europe and America, and the starvation and emigration of millions of people
CE-HIST 2067, 3 Wed., Feb. 1-15, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #20086
Orphan Train to Destiny
Discover the history of the Orphan Train Era (1853-1929), which saw the largest migration of children in American history. So many orphans were sent to Iowa that it is estimated that one in four Iowans are descendants of orphan train riders. Come unravel the mystery and the truth behind the Orphan Trains! Contact instructor at email@example.com for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2052, 3 Mon., Apr. 3-17, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-2, $75. T Riley. #20088
Historic Glen Island Walking Tour
Originally opened in 1880 and operated as a private amusement park, Glen Island has a rich history spanning almost 150 years. This “remote” walking tour will visit the current county park
and explore remnants of Glen Island’s storied past as well as
the development of New Rochelle and nearby islands in Long Island Sound.
CE-TRVL 2048, 1 Tues., Feb. 28, 7:00-9:00 pm, $26. C Gioia. #20135