Culture and History

History and Culture Fall 2019

 

601 Stephen Foster – American Troubadour,  Instructor:  Charlene Thomson

This class is about the enduring and beloved music composed by Stephen Foster in the mid-19th century.  The man, his times, and many sing alongs will be included.

Two Wednesdays, October 2 and 9 at 11:00 am

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Montrose

Fee: $10.00

 

602 Pennsylvania Iron Masters During the Revolutionary War, Instructor Dan Graham, historian

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania’s iron works produced a large percentage of Colonial America’s iron.  The battles of Lexington and Concord were fought in the summer of 1775, and shortly thereafter the Provincial Committee of Correspondence of Pennsylvania began to take measures for the defense of the state.  The first line of defense was directed toward arming merchant ships already afloat, with cannon.  While the proposal was good in theory, there were no cannon with which to arm them.  The solution was provided by Pennsylvania’s iron masters.  Within a year, they were producing cannon to arm the American army and navy.  Learn about the trials and tribulations they went through to arm Washington’s army.  It’s a fascinating story and one worth retelling.

One Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 pm

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $5.00

 

604 Armchair Traveler   Presenter:  Valerie Winters, Traveler

Take a photo tour with me through five of the National Parks.  Feast your eyes on the spectacular parks within our own borders.  Travel to Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons of Wyoming, Glacier National Park in Montana, the Badlands of South Dakota, and Big Bend National Park in Texas.

One Monday, October 21, 1:30 pm

Location: Susquehanna County Library, High School Road, Montrose

Fee: $5.00

 

603 The Book Club  Leaders: Eileen Baessler and Ann Vitale

This is an informal gathering of book lovers that will meet three times this fall.  You don’t have to read the book to come to the discussion, but we are hoping that you put these three on your summer reading list.  All are different, and we hope one sparks your interest.  When you register, indicate whether you will be attending all three, or which ones you plan to attend.

 

September 11,  Discussion Leader: Ann Vitale

A PATCHWORK PLANET by Anne Tyler
This novel is one of Anne Tyler’s earlier and most loved, filled with her signature quirky characters, subtle humor, and big slices of life.
Barnaby Gaitlin, labeled a loser since adolescence, has been working steadily for eleven years for Rent-A-Back, doing chores for the elderly and shut-ins and finding his place on the planet through community connections.

 

September 25, Discussion leader: Eileen Baessler

ANN OF GREEN GABLES  by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Mark Twain proclaimed Anne Shirley “the most moving and delightful” and “dearest” heroine  “since the immortal Alice”. Written more than 100 years ago, this book is only the first of several that tell the story of Anne, who arrives as an eleven-year-old orphan at a farm on Prince Edward island.  Continuing our reading of classics by women, we will discuss this book that isn’t just for young people

 

October 9, Discussion Leader: Ann Vitale

THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE: A SOLDIER’S EDUCATION  by  Craig M. Mullaney

Craig M. Mullaney writes an honest, emotional, and sometimes humorous memoir of his journey from eighteen-year-old son of a working man, to his appointment to West Point, through his education at the Point, to his Rhodes Scholarship and finally to his deployment as an officer in Afghanistan. Not the usual boy becomes man story, it takes the reader through the comedy of what happens when you aren’t allowed to sleep for days, how to survive swamp training in Ranger school, and other parts of a Cadet’s education probably not imagined by those not in the know about this elite and rigorous preparation to lead.

 

Three Wednesdays, September 11 and 25 and October 9, 4:00 pm

Location: Susquehanna County Library, High School Road, Montrose

No Fee

 

604 Armchair Traveler   Presenter:  Valerie Winters, Traveler

Take a photo tour with me through five of the National Parks.  Feast your eyes on the spectacular parks within our own borders.  Travel to Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons of Wyoming, Glacier National Park in Montana, the Badlands of South Dakota, and Big Bend National Park in Texas.

One Monday, October 21, 1:30 pm

Location: Susquehanna County Library, High School Road, Montrose

Fee: $5.00

 

605 Tour of the Newly Renovated Historical Society, Instructor: Betty Smith, Curator and Staff

For 111 years the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society shared the Monument Street building in Montrose. In July of 2017 the Library moved to their new location and the Historical Society now occupies the entire 1907 building, with its many recent renovations. Staff members will provide a tour of the research and exhibit rooms and give a brief explanation of the holdings of the Society. Limit 20 students per session.

Two sessions,  Session #1 Tuesday October 8 at 1:00 pm

Session #2 Wednesday October 9 at 1:00 pm

Please indicate on the registration form which session you plan to attend

Location: Historical Society Building, 18 Monument Street, Montrose

Fee: $5.00

 

606 A War in Letters   Instructor: Mary Beth Voda

The battle for Iwo Jima is chronicled through the letters, to their wives and children, of two combatants: US Marine Pfc Tom Kennedy, and the Japanese commander, Gen. T. Kuribayashi.  Although oceans apart in ideology and culture, the two men shared a common love of family and sense of duty to country.  Only one returned to the family waiting for him.

One Tuesday October 22 at 4:00 pm

Location: Susquehanna County Library, High School Road, Montrose

Fee: $5.00

 

607 The Greatest Gift   Instructor: Mary Beth Voda

Philip Van Doren Stern wrote the short story, The Greatest Gift, which was the inspiration for the world-famous film, It’s a Wonderful Life.  Stern was born in 1900 in Wyalusing PA.  His New Jersey resident parents chose the tiny village for their first child’s birth for a curious reason.

One Tuesday, October 29 at 11:00 am

Location: Susquehanna County Library, High School Road, Montrose

 Fee: $5.00