The Bridge on the River Kwai: Survival on the Death Railway – NEW –1 night (2 hours).  The movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” won seven Academy Awards in 1958. The real “bridge” was only one of more than 600 bridges built along the 258-mile “death railway.” The entire railway was constructed using more than 61,000 Allied prisoners of war and approximately 250,000 Asian forced laborers. This course will cover the real stories of their capture in Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies and Burma. It will explore the horrendous experiences, the deaths and murders, and many inspiring stories of endurance by those who survived.
Instructor: Walt Lafty
Fee: $30
Time: Thursday, Aug. 22 6:30-8:30pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card


Kamikaze: Japanese Suicide Attacks NEW – 1 night (2 hrs.) – As its fortunes declined in the last days of World War II, the Japanese high command ordered suicide air attacks on the U.S. fleet during the campaigns of the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  Although it was a desperation move, the Kamikaze ploy was horrifyingly successful. 
Instructor: Lance Lacey
Fee: $30
Time: To be re-scheduled – please check back!


Never a More Wicked War …”: The War with Mexico, 1846-1848 NEW – 1 night (2 hrs.) – The public supported the war at its beginning, although Congressman Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau spoke out against it and Captain Ulysses S. Grant called it wicked and evil.  Although nearly forgotten today, the U.S. war with Mexico was a defining moment in the nation’s history. It nearly doubled the size of the United States, lit a fuse that resulted in the Civil War, and served as a training ground for some of the best officers who would serve in that Civil War. 
Instructor: Steven Wright
Fee: $30
Time: Thurs., Oct. 17, 6:30-8:30pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card 


A Fast Ship in Harm’s Way:  U.S.S. Indianapolis NEW – 1 night (2 hrs.) – In one of the darkest chapters in U.S. naval history, the cruiser Indianapolis, after delivering the atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, was torpedoed and sank in less than 12 minutes. Of 1,200 men aboard, over 900 were able to get into the sea, but that was where the real nightmare began. The men were adrift for over three days. The Navy did not report them missing, so no search was done. Soon, the sharks began to swarm. By chance, a plane spotted the men in the water, and rescue operations began.  In the end, just over 300 were saved. What happened next was even more mysterious. 
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
Fee: $30
Time: Thurs., Nov. 21, 6:30-8:30pm
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Patriots vs. Loyalists NEW – 1 night (2 hrs.) – We have been taught that, with the Declaration of Independence, American citizens rose up against the British government. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, only one-third of Americans supported the Revolution. This is the true story of a very personal war of battles and bitterness, often pitting neighbor against neighbor.
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
Fee: $30
Time: Mon., Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm
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Victory or Death: Washington’s Crossing and the Battle of Trenton NEW – 1 night (2 hrs.) – Christmas is a season of joy and celebration. It is also a time to remember one of the American Revolution’s most memorable events. Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton were a major turning point in the war. The Continental Army captured most of the Hessian force that was garrisoned in Trenton, with only minimal American losses – a dramatic victory that boosted the battered army’s morale. This class will provide firsthand accounts of the river crossing, the nine-mile march and the battle itself, as well as some interactive pieces like period maps, reproduction uniforms and equipment. 
Instructor: Mike Jesberger
Fee: $30
Time: Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:30pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card