Don’t know much about history? Don’t worry. We can fix that!

Manor College with its esteemed partner, the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table, is proud to present all our Civil War and History Institute classes in a flexible hybrid fashion.

For those who longed for personal contact and the in-class experience, you are most welcomed to return to campus and experience the classes in person.  If you prefer to take part virtually from the comfort of your own homes, that is still an option!

All registrants will be sent directions to the classroom as well as a zoom link within 24 hours of the class and you decide which you prefer.

(All classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a fee of $30.)

For more information or if you have any questions please email us at or call (215) 884-2218.

A City in Chains: When the British Occupied Philadelphia

On Sept. 26, 1777, the British army marched into Philadelphia, beginning an occupation that lasted until the following spring. Its arrival led Patriots to flee and Loyalists to rejoice, although wartime shortages soon led to suffering for those who remained in the city. The occupation brought no concrete gains. The British abandoned the city the following June but not before holding the most elaborate, expensive party ever held in the American colonies.
Instructor:  Mike Jesberger
Thursday, March 14, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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 “Unconditional Surrender”: The Emergence of U.S. Grant

In February 1862, an obscure brigadier from Illinois, known only for business failures and hard drinking, captured two strategic Confederate forts in Tennessee to score the first major Union victory of the Civil War.  His demand for “unconditional surrender,” coupled with his fortuitous initials, made Ulysses S. Grant a national celebrity and launched him on a path toward further success and ultimate victory.
Instructor:  Jerry Carrier
Monday, April 8, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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Old Hickory on Holy Ground: Jackson vs. the Creek Nation in the War of 1812

The War of 1812 was more than Fort McHenry and the burning of Washington. There was also a Southern theater, which launched an iconic and polarizing political career. Tennessee’s Andrew Jackson, supported by Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, was the victor in the 1814 Creek War.  In time, battlefield victory would evolve into political victory, and the American presidency would never be the same.
Instructor:  Tom Donnelly
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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History’s Mysteries: The American Presidency

From elementary school through college, we’re taught about our presidents.  But much of this teaching is folklore and myth. Much of the real history is kept secret, with political creations that are rarely examined.  How many stories are actually true, and how many distorted to provide a more interesting or sanitized account? The real stories involve many unusual and controversial incidents that include secret operations, attempted assassinations, folktales, and presidential mythology.
Instructor:  Herb Kaufman
Monday, May 13, 2024
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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