• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-30-2022 to 09-30-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: James Keeline, Historian & Author
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Diego Oasis

    Walt Disney opened the doors to his famous theme park in July 1955. From the beginning, guests could purchase copies of the monthly newspaper for the park called the Disneyland News. Notably, its articles include details that are absent from many historical retrospectives. Join us for a truly captivating lecture which will highlight the people and places... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-05-2022 to 10-05-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 01:00 PM-02:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Michael Cude, Ph.D., Schreiner University
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Antonio Oasis

    Werewolves, witches, vampires, and other horror archetypes are a staple of modern Halloween. These mythical monsters have, however, deep historical roots in folklore and literature. This course will trace the historical roots of modern horror characters in European history to illustrate their evolution from folklore to modern American pop... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-06-2022 to 10-06-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Steven Gimbel, Professor of Philosophy, Gettysburg College
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    James Clerk Maxwell is as important to the history of physics as Einstein, Newton, and Galileo, yet his name is little known. We will examine both his physics (his theories of electricity and magnetism and his establishment of the existence of molecules) and his life (his working class background, his religion, his taking of the first color photograph in... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-07-2022 to 10-07-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Richard Bell
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Did the American Revolution make ordinary working people happy? How did their inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness change in the immediate aftermath of the war? In this talk’s first half University of Maryland historian Richard Bell focuses on working white people in port cities like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and asks... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-10-2022 to 10-10-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Johnny Rabbitt
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    Do you believe in haunted places and the paranormal? Hear stories such as the full real-life tale of our famed exorcism, a haunted former police station in the Central West End, ‘real’ haunted houses and businesses, Pearl Curran and her Quija board, Soulard’s strangest house, how to contact spirits, the Lemp and Bissell mansions, 4 haunted theaters,... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-10-2022 to 10-10-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 03:00 PM-04:15 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Mark Carlson, Historian & Author
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Diego Oasis

    In May 1915, during the height of the Great War, RMS Lusitania, queen of the Cunard Line, was carrying 2200 passengers and crew into the War Zone of the British Isles. They had been warned that any ships flying the Union Jack were liable to be torpedoed by German U-boats. In broad daylight in sight of the Irish coast, she was struck by a torpedo from the... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-11-2022 to 10-11-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 01:00 PM-03:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Joan Musbach
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    The story "Georgie, Willie and Nicki – Royal Cousins" might be a children’s book, or it might be a tangled web of personal jealousies, rivalries and family quarrels among Queen Victoria's grandchildren George, William and Nicholas. Dive into palace intrigues at the turn of the 20th Century in the royal households of Great Britain, Germany and Russia.... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-12-2022 to 10-12-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 03:00 PM-04:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Kim Keeline, Ph.D., Freelance Consultant and Writer
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Diego Oasis

    King James I of England's interest in witches caused Shakespeare to write Macbeth for his court because of the three witches and their prophesies.  You may have heard of the women (and black cats) who lost their lives in the Middle Ages and later in Europe.  Professor Kim Keeline will give an overview of the belief in witches, the truth of behind the... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-13-2022 to 10-13-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Bonnie Vega
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    Explore the early years of one of the most influential presidents. FDR became President in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression. His first two terms were dedicated to relief, recovery and... read more
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    Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 10-17-2022 to 10-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: David Woodruff
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Rochester Oasis

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  • Sessions: 5
    Class Date(s): 10-19-2022 to 11-16-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Charles Coon, MA, retired social studies teacher; adjunct professor of history Onondaga Community College and SUNY Cortland
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Abolition of slavery in the Americas is a large, complicated, and long story (as history tends to be) and these four sessions will be an overview of various elements of abolition that make up that story. This course will look at abolition in the United States, the Caribbean Islands, and Brazil. Rebellion and resistance on the part of the slaves themselves... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-20-2022 to 10-20-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 01:00 PM-03:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Joan Musbach
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    The dramatic portrayal of the political feud between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton: The Musical has rekindled interest in this important segment of American political history. Two political parties emerged from the basic disagreements between these two men and their followers, but, eventually, these two political opponents came... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-20-2022 to 10-20-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 01:30 PM-02:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Douglas Schneider
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    It is said that the Postal Service is what united the United States. Learn about the postal service in St. Louis, starting with the year we became part of the United States up to the present. We not only handled mail for Missouri, we were the start point for the legendary Butterfield Overland Mail Route to California. Take a visual tour of some post... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-24-2022 to 10-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Richard Bell
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Salem, 1692: Two young girls living in the household of one of the town’s ministers are acted strangely—having fits. The doctor is called and he tells the minister that his girls are suffering from the action of the Devil’s ‘Evil Hand’ upon them.  Join University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell for a deep dive into witch-hunting in early... read more
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  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 10-25-2022 to 11-15-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 02:00 PM-04:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Tom Henry, M.S.
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    We will continue our look into the lives and times of the remarkable group of women who became First Lady of the US. As we approach more modern times, the visibility and public role of the First Lady would become much more part of the expectation of this very important unelected position. All of them would have their own way of filling the new and... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-27-2022 to 10-27-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Bonnie Vega
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    Explore the early years of one of the most influential presidents. With his domestic agenda set in motion, FDR devoted his last five years in office to mobilization of the nation’s economic, financial and institutional resources in the war... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-28-2022 to 10-28-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Kirk Gulledge
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Until the mid-18th century, many ships were lost and wrecked at sea because they did not know where they were. They could usually tell their east-west latitude using simple instruments, but it was virtually impossible to tell their north-south longitude, and that was deadly. The best scientists couldn't figure out a solution, but a simple, uneducated... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-28-2022 to 10-28-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: James Keeline, Historian & Author
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Diego Oasis

    The Haunted Mansion opened in Disneyland on August 9, 1969. It was greatly anticipated because Walt Disney had been talking about it since 1957 and the Mansion itself had been seen on the shores of the Rivers of America for at least six years before it opened its moldering hallways to guests. Part of the delay was due to the evolution of illusion and ride... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-01-2022 to 11-01-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 01:30 PM-02:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Rowena McClinton, Ph.D.
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    SIUE Professor Emerita, Rowena McClinton discusses contrasting world views as they existed when newcomers (Europeans) settled among Natives on Native lands. Topics include Native lands, family organization, and women’s role as power brokers. The Native perspectives of places shamans may travel in a shamanic journey, described as the “Upper World,”... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-02-2022 to 11-02-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 02:00 PM-03:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Mark Sample, Professor of History
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Rochester Oasis

    This was a big one - that year was the depth of the Great Depression. A (seemingly) do-nothing President, Herbert Hoover, is up for re-election. The Governor of New York, FDR is the opponent. Whoever wins will change the future of the... read more
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