Long before Baltimore's Wallace Warfield Simpson married into British royalty, Betsy Patterson entered the imperial family of Napoleon Bonaparte by marrying his youngest brother, Jerome. Alas, it was not to be a lengthy marriage since Napoleon rejected the match and eventually convinced his brother to seek a new wife elsewhere. Betsy spent a lifetime seeking a throne for her son and entrance into European society for herself. Sadly, she spent far too many years alone in Baltimore, a city she professed to hate. Along the way, she shocked proper Americans with the risque dress and became a fast friend to Dolley Madison.
Jacksonian America is known for the rapid settlement of the west, times of boom and bust, and the development of a full-blown democracy. It was also a time of perfectionism, reform and the establishment of numerous utopias. This was a movement by ordinary people with some extraordinary ideas and massive amounts of energy.
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 tuition 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.
Join us each week for a discussion of today's politicial, social, and economic issues from various viewpoints. Interesting topics, interesting discussions. Make it a part of your week. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Examine Civil Defense from World War II to the time when planning for survival of an all out nuclear attack started fading into the past. Opening with an examination of World War II era blackout drills, plane spotter stations, and air raid wardens, this class quickly moves to the era where the stakes became higher, the nuclear age. Vintage audio and video footage, such as Bert the Turtle telling schoolchildren to duck and cover are used.
Early 19th New England witnessed a burst of creative activity. Writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Dave Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne helped bring the Romantic Age to America and took it to the limit by introducing something known as Transcendentalism. Come and explore this lively group of writers as well as some of their lesser known associates like Margaret Fuller and Bronson Alcott. These days we might think of these rabid individualists as ?hippies? but they were far more interesting.
Course Fee: $19
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Historical Heroes and Villains: Louisa Catherine Adams
America's only foreign-born first lady, Louisa Catherine Adams, faced many challenges as she grew into a confident, nineteenth-century feminist. She saw her son kidnapped in New York and chased down the kidnapper through dangerous streets. She traveled from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Paris in the dead of winter, through a landscape riddled with the battlefields of Napoleonic Europe. Yet perhaps her greatest challenges were her husband, John Quincy Adams, and her famous mother-in-law, Abigail Adams.
Course Fee: $19
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Historical Heroes and Villains: Sam Houston, Father of Texas
Sam Houston was president of a country - The Republic of Texas, governor of two states, a congressman and senator, and a military hero who received four wounds in the service of his country. Friend to Andrew Jackson, he was a larger than life western hero with many virtues - loyalty among them - and a basketful of vices, including a penchant for strong whisky and lots of it. He was a man of character who shaped much of the early southwest.
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.
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.
Study the Assyrian Empire with emphasis on the Neo-Assyrian Period, 911 BC to 609 BC. The Neo-Assyrians destroyed the Kingdom of Israel (The Northern Kingdom successor state to David and Solomon’s Israel) of the Bible leading to the Assyrian captivity. Learn what made the Assyrian people famous; study the architecture of their palaces and temples; and discuss the elaborate structure of state bureaucracy, taxation and provincial administration, military expeditions, mass deportations, and sumptuous cult festivals. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Examine the various famous and not so famous scandals that have rocked the American Presidency throughout its history. Examine and discuss the Presidents involved, their administrations, the events of the scandals, the results and impact of the scandals on American society, and historical rankings of these Presidents raked with scandal. Some of the scandals examined include the XYZ Affair, Hemmings and Jefferson, the Corrupt Bargain, Grant’s Presidency, the Impeachments of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, and Nixon and Watergate. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Where East Meets West – Bel Air’s Sister City of Narva
The town of Bel Air has a sister city in Narva, Estonia, on the border of Russia. Take this opportunity to learn about the relationship of a sister city as you explore the cultural history of Narva. You will also learn about Narva’s military/strategic importance and its current role in Eastern Europe in the context of Russian’s expansionism. Each session will bring you closer to an understanding of our sister city so that you may identify ways to be involved in the project.
Schedule of Events:
Session 1: What is a sister city? How did Bel Air develop the partnership with Narva? What is the city of Narva like?
Session 2: Narva Culture – music, dance, art and food
Session 3: Narva’s role in the Geopolitics of Eastern Europe today. Narva moving forward… how can you be part of this relationship?
(Segments of each session will be led by Jesse Bane, Town Administrator of Bel Air; Barbara Tower, professor emeritus at CCBC; Toivo Tagamets, Chair, Maryland-Estonia Exchange Council; Stephanie Hallock, HCC political science professor; and representatives from the Estonian embassy)
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.
Examine the forces which shaped the history of America during the Reconstruction period. Review the differences between the Reconstruction plans proposed by Abraham Lincoln and the Radical Republican Congress; examine how Andrew Johnson changed Lincoln’s Reconstruction Plan; and how different constituencies in the post-Civil War era remembered the war and how that memory shaped the future of the nation.
Using old pictures and postcards from the region, learn the role photography played in depicting people and landscapes over the years. It concludes with a discussion on how to identify photographs commonly found in family collections and provide basic tips for preserving this visual heritage.
Examine the Second World War: its origins, duration, and consequences. Taking a global perspective, study all theaters of war and relate events in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America to each other. Compare and contrast their economies, industry, society, and culture during the Second World War and explore the role of diplomacy and strategy. Other topics include the impact of war upon society and an examination of battle strategies from the context of modern warfare. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Analyze the German-Soviet campaign during World War II. Examine the three major phases of this conflict that begins with the Wehrmacht invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, urban warfare in Stalingrad in the fall of 1942, and history’s largest tank battle at Prokhorovka in 1943. Discussion will also include details on the Soviet counterattack across the Vistula and Oder Rivers that ended with the die Gotterdammerung in Berlin.