Fall 2020

In an effort to ensure the safety of all, all sessions for the foreseeable future now be conducted through Zoom. Upon registration, patrons will be sent a link with a password that will enable them to access the course. A reminder email will be sent again within 24 hours of the start of the class.

Civil War Institute

September 23, 2020
1865:  Triumph and Tragedy  – 2 hours – On April 9, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.  On April 14, President and Mrs. Lincoln decided to celebrate with a night at Ford’s Theater.  Did the events of 1865 constitute the end of America’s most wrenching struggle … or only the beginning?
Instructor:  Hugh Boyle
Fee:  $30
Time:6:30-8:30 p.m.
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October 14, 21
America at War with Itself:  The Politics of War – NEW –
4 hours – This course covers American politics and society from the Constitution through the 1850s, climaxing with the election of 1860, whose results threatened to bring secession and war. The South said that if Abraham Lincoln were elected, war would come.  Lincoln won the nomination over the Republican Party elite, then faced his old debating opponent, Stephen A. Douglas. But the Democrats were split and ran two candidates against Lincoln; there was also a third-party entry.  In a fragmented race, Lincoln won with only 40 percent of the popular vote.
Instructors:  Herb Kaufman and Hugh Boyle
Fee:  $55
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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November 7
“Atlanta Is Ours”:  The Last Turning Point
– 2 hours – When William Tecumseh Sherman forced John Bell Hood out of Atlanta in September 1864, capturing a key rail and industrial center, the victory was as much political as it was military.  Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was saved, and so was the Union.
Instructor:  Jerry Carrier
Fee:  $30
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
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November 16, 23, 30
Desperate Measures: Unusual Incidents and Strange Adventures in the Civil War –6 hours – “Strange but true.”  This axiom was never more relevant than describing many of the unusual and extraordinary occurrences during the Civil War.  This course concentrates on a significant number of controversial personalities, occurrences and events, and strange and highly unusual incidents that occurred prior to and during the four years of the Civil War.
Instructor:  Herb Kaufman
Fee:  $79
Time:6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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December 12
Bringing the Conflict Home:  Photography in the Civil War – 2 hours – This class will cover the invention of photography and the history of its development through the Civil War.  It will encompass the pioneer photographers who expanded and commercialized this new science, explore the usage of photography in everyday life, and – most important – how it brought the war directly to the people.
Instructor:  Paula Gidjunis
Fee:  $30
Time: 10 a.m. – noon
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History Institute 

September 10
Washington’s Defense of Philadelphia – The Battle of Brandywine  NEW – 2 hours – Considered to be the largest land battle of the American Revolution, this Sept. 11, 1777, conflict was the main engagement of the Philadelphia campaign. The loss allowed the British to occupy Philadelphia and caused the Continental Congress to vacate the city. Why has it received so little attention from historians?
Instructor:  Michael Jesberger
Fee:  $30
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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October 1
“Washington’s Assault on Philadelphia” – The Battle of Germantown – NEW – 2 hours – Following the American defeat at Brandywine, the British occupied Philadelphia, and British General Sir William Howe positioned two brigades in a small village outside of Philadelphia called Germantown.  George Washington, commanding an army of 11,000, sensed an opportunity and attacked the enemy detachment on Oct. 4, 1777.
Instructor:  Michael Jesberger
Fee:  $30
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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December 7
“Remember Pearl Harbor” – 2 hours – “General Quarters” rang throughout the fleet. A historian once wrote that the command at Pearl Harbor was “swatting at mice, while a tiger jumped through the window.”  Explore the history of the acquisition of Pearl Harbor, the political background, eyewitness accounts and historical analysis of the attack that brought the United States into World War II.
Instructor:  Herb Kaufman
Fee:  $30
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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