Learn about the causes and consequences of the American Civil War from 1861-1865. Discuss the political structures and military resources available to Lincoln and Davis as well as an in-depth exploration of the campaigns from the bombardment of Ft. Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The
discussion of weaponry and tactics is designed to give a better understanding of warfare in the 19th Century. All participants receive a DVD of the instructor's presentation and accompanying research material. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
The single bloodiest day in American history took place during September 1862 during the battle of Antietam. Study the causes of this battle, whether it was successful or not, and how it affected the outcome of the war. Included in this class is a trip to the battlefield. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Course Fee: $39
Material Fee: $59
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Joppa Hall, Rm. 012
Last session (5/10) is a field trip to the battlefied.Transportation by college van. Time for field tripdiscussed at first class session.
Canals were once visionary undertakings, providing more efficient transportation methods. Examine the history of these waterways on the Upper Chesapeake and the Lower Susquehanna River. Begin your study of the canals in the classroom , then visit places along these ancient paths for a closer examination of the canals, the built environment, and the transformations that have taken place over time.
Examine and discuss the lives of America's Presidential wives throughout history. Review the early years, education, social status, careers before the White House, and life after the White House. In addition, students examine the First Ladies' years in the White House and their impact on their husbands' presidency and on American society and culture over all.
Arrrghhh! Long before Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp took to the silver screen, equally colorful characters sailed the Caribbean under a black flag known as the Jolly Roger. Who were these captains of plunder and what was it like to make a living as a pirate? Were captives really made to "walk the plank"? Separating Hollywood from history, this session takes a detailed look at Caribbean piracy and the economics behind the skull & crossbones. All participants receive a DVD containing the instructor's notes and presentation. Senior adult and disabled retiree tution waivers apply.
This class covers the June 6, 1944, invasion of northwestern Europe and will go into detail on the planning, preparation, and course of the campaign. The D-Day invasion was the largest amphibian invasion in the history of warfare and is considered one of the turning points of World War II. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Examine the use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with the cancelled Invasion of Japan (Operation Downfall). The planning, conception, and implementation of the aspects of Operation Downfall, such as Operation Olympic, the invasion of Southern Kyushu, and Operation Coronet, the invasion of Honshu (main island) will be examined in detail. The class reviews the questions that have puzzled historical commentators since the end of World War II, such as “Did the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ultimately save lives?” and “Were the use of the atomic bombs, the only actual use of nuclear weapons in warfare, morally defensible?” Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
The Achaemenid Persian Empire was enormous, comprising 25 million people—only 1 million of whom were Persian. Learn how such a small minority managed such a large population; why the imperialists were so tolerant of those under their rule; and discover how the Persians were able to create and control such a vast empire. Among the fascinating leaders you'll meet are Cyrus, Cambyses, Darius I, and Artaxerxes II. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Examine the history of the Susquehanna region, concentrating on the Maryland portion of the waterway and the towns and villages that grew up on the River. It begins with a classroom study of the past on the river and includes field trips to study how the towns and region grew as a result of the river.
This presentation traces the evolution of graveyards in the state, explores some fascinating tales tombstones whisper, considers interesting epitaphs, and discusses changing practices and customs. The program concludes with suggestions for using a visit to an old burial ground to understand and trace local and family history. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
More has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg than perhaps any other Civil War battle and yet there is always something new to discover. Gettysburg is the largest land battle ever fought in North America and it’s practically next door to Baltimore. This session covers the entirety of the Gettysburg campaign in micro-detail using a geo-spatial approach that maps units down to Regimental level. Instructor's lecture on DVD included. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Course Fee: $39
Material Fee: $29
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Joppa Hall, Rm. 008
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