Eras of History
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Mummies and More: Discovering Ancient Egypt
Step into a time when papyrus grew along the Nile River and pyramids dotted the horizon in Ancient Egypt. Examine numerous ancient Egyptian topics. Learn about mummification and hieroglyphics. Explore the mythology and mystery of the gods and goddesses who ruled over the lives of simple farmers to the Pharaoh. Investigate who King Tut-Ankh-Amun truly was and why only his tomb was found intact with treasure still in place.
CE-HIST 2153VA, 3 Tues., March 1-15, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, $60. M Horowitz-Jaffe. #18864
P.T. Barnum and Origins of the American Circus
Learn the story of how this American form of entertainment had its beginnings as we discuss the American circus, some of its more colorful performers and P.T. Barnum’s place as a promotor of entertainment.
CE-HIST 2154VA, 1 Sat., Mar. 12, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, CLA-209, $30. L DiMartino. #18859
Life and Times of Thomas Alva Edison
This gifted inventor and scientist of the last century was a remarkable man. Learn the stories of the man behind the legend and what motivated him to become one of the definitive personalities of the 20th century.
CE-HIST 2152, 1 Sat., Mar. 5, 12:30-2:30 pm, CLA-208, $30. L DiMartino. #18860
Life and Times of Bat Masterson
Buffalo hunter, lawman of the Old West, and a gambler were only some of the things that Bat Masterson was known for. Learn things that few people knew about this legend of the Old West, including a career as a journalist and movie consultant in early Hollywood.
CE-HIST 2151, 1 Sat., May 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, CLA-208, $30. L DiMartino. #18861
Frederick Douglass-The Great Abolitionist
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., Apr. 6-20, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, $60. C Andersen. #18467
Haunted History of the British Isles
Learn some of the wonderful tales and folktales of the British Isles along with colorful tales of Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Henry VIII, and others.
CE-HIST 2044, 3 Sat., Jan. 15-29, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $75. L DiMartino. #18473
The Great Hunger in Ireland and Its American 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 Tues., Mar. 22-Apr. 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #18524
From Orphan to Governor
Discover the incredible coincidence of two boys who rode an Orphan Train to Noblesville, Indiana and became Governors of Alaska and North Dakota. One boy was taken in by a farmer at a young age where he worked 7 days a week and after 3 years ran away to join the Civil War as a Drummer Boy. The other boy was picked up by a judge who saw that he went to Yale, and after graduation sought his fortune in Alaska as a missionary, lawyer, and businessperson. Both governors were childhood friends and maintained their friendship.
CE-HIST 2145VA, 3 Mon., Feb. 28-Mar. 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #18520
The History of the Postal Service
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 Wed., Mar. 9-23, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #18523