Summer Semester 2020 

Due to the current pandemic, and in hopes of ensuring the safety of all, all sessions in the summer will now be accessible 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. 

June 15, 2020
Intrigue, Conspiracy and Execution: The Incredible English Monarchy – NEW – 1 night, (2 hrs) – From Alfred the Great, in the ninth century, to Elizabeth II today, 56 varied men and women have reigned as kings or queens of England. Some reigned in splendor, several were murdered, a few were executed, others shaped the culture of the world, and many served in obscurity. The institution of the monarchy is deeply ingrained in the British culture and their weddings, births, and tragedies have continued to fascinate the world. This is the captivating story of kings and queens of the British monarchy.
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
Fee: $30
Monday, June 15
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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June 25, 2020
Uncommon Warriors: Women Soldiers of the Civil War – NEW – 1 night (2 hrs) – Some 400-1,000 women served as soldiers during the Civil War. They cut their hair, donned male attire, fought battles, lived in germ-infested camps, and suffered wounds, death and imprisonment. At a time when men were being shamed for NOT serving, why would so many women risk being shamed FOR serving? How did they pull it off? What happened to those who were caught?
Instructor: Walt Lafty
Fee: $30
Thursday, June 25
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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July 8, 2020
A City at War: The British Occupation of Philadelphia – NEW – 1 night (2 hrs) – On Sept. 26, 1777, the British army marched into Philadelphia, beginning an occupation that lasted until the following spring. Patriots fled and Loyalists rejoiced, but wartime shortages soon led to suffering for those who stayed. The occupation led to no concrete gains and the British left the following June, but not before throwing the most expensive, elaborate party ever held in the American colonies.
Instructor: Michael Jesberger
Fee: $30
Wednesday, July 8
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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July 20, 2020
History of the Jewish Mafia NEW – 1 night (2 hrs.) –The underworld of the early 20th century included a ruthless group of Jewish gangsters. Learn the stories of “Lepke,” “Bugsy” and “Waxey,” who dealt in everything from narcotics to Murder Inc.
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
Fee: $30 Monday, July 20
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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July 27, 2020
A Capital Punished: Civil War Richmond NEW – 1 night (2 hrs) – Residents were thrilled when their city was named the Confederate capital. But civic pride carried a heavy price: incoming shells – and worse – incoming dead and wounded, cavalry raids, food shortages, and triple-digit inflation.
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Fee: $30
Monday, July 27
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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August 5, 2020
The Enigma of Mary Lincoln — NEW – 1 night (2 hrs) – Lincoln’s First Lady has been called many things, and more questions have been asked about her than any other First Lady. Was she an aid or a hindrance to her husband? Her actions and decisions have been questioned for over a century. She even faced an insanity trial after her husband’s death. Mary was a controversial woman we should know better.
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
Fee: $30
Wednesday, August 5
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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August 13, 2020
Our City at War: The Great War and Philadelphia  NEW – 1 night (2 hrs) This program will discuss the role that Philadelphia and its citizens had during the years prior to and during the First World War. We will reflect on the daily activity in the city and the numerous contributions of Philadelphians to the war effort. We will also discuss many of the various monuments and memorials dedicated to those that served, fought, sacrificed and died in the Great War.
Instructor:  Michael Jesberger
Fee:  $30
Thursday, August 13
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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