Culture and History

601 Learn to Play the Mountain Dulcimer, Session #3     Instructor Janet Nieburg 

Learn to play America’s folk instrument, the Mountain Dulcimer, Session 3. This will be a continuation of Session 2, during which students learned simple chording for accompaniment and began learning to play in “chord melody” style. If you do not own a dulcimer, please indicate on the registration form if a loaner dulcimer is needed. The class limit is 10 students. 

Four Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, and October 11 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am 

Location: Susquehanna County Library Community Room, September 20, 27, and October 4. 

                October 11 class will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St. Montrose 

Fee:  $20.00 


602  Forty Years of Amazing US History  Instructor Ann Vitale 

Hop in your Model T and take a wild ride through the years beginning 1900, past the Great Depression, and up to just prior to World War II. Learn how those years spawned massive changes in how we lived, where we lived, how we worked, where we worked, when we had too much of some things and not enough of others. A timeline and bibliography handouts will be available. 

One Thursday, September 14 at 2:00 pm 

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

Fee: $5.00 


603 William Wells Keeler, Regionalist Painter    Instructor Mary Beth Voda 

Bill Keeler (1923-1980) was a skilled artist who preserved the small-town spirit of rural America as he observed it. His style is described as comforting and satisfying. His subject matter reflected a strong sense of regionalism which included old buildings, mills, and stores as well as smaller details: baskets of apples, lines hung with clothes, a country auction. 

One Monday, October 16 at 1:00 pm 

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

Fee: $5.00 


604 Hon. Jonathan Jasper Wright, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina   Instructor Judge Jason Legg 

Learn the life story of Hon. Jonathan Jasper Wright, the first African American to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1865, whose family resided in Springville, Pennsylvania, who read the law at a local firm in Montrose, and later became the first African American to sit on a state’s highest court.  The course will occur in the historic (but newly renovated) courtroom of the Susquehanna County Courthouse and will include the opportunity to view the portrait of Judge Wright which is on public display outside of the historic courtroom. 

One Friday, October 20 at 2:00 pm 

Location: Susquehanna County Courthouse 

Fee: $5.00 


605  Mark Twain – A Seriously Funny Man    Instructor Anne Armezzani 

Samuel Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a prodigious writer and humorist whose work mirrored the world he lived in. His humor made him enjoyable and famous, but his outspoken comments often made him a controversial figure. He was known all over the world for his books and talks, recognizable for his long mustache and white suits. Mark Twain’s own life was filled with as much adventure, humor and heartache as his stories. Class will explore the many facets of this great American author. 

One Thursday, October 26 at 1:30 pm 

Location: Susquehanna County Library Community Room, School Rd. Montrose 

Fee: $5.00 


701 Medicare 360     Instructor Emily Gelatt 

Week 1 – Original Medicare and Part D 

Week 2 – Medigap (Medicare Supplement) vs Part C (Medicare Advantage) 

Week 3 – Putting it all together & making the right choice for you using a Broker vs Agent 

*Available 2024 updates will be discussed throughout* 

Three Wednesdays, September 27, October 4 and October 11 at 6:30 pm 

Location: Montrose Area High School, Room 7 

Fee: $15.00 


702 Senior Scams Prevention   Instructor Michele Nutter, Educator and Outreach Manager, Attorney General’s Office 

The Senior Scam Prevention educates older Pennsylvanians and their families throughout the Commonwealth on crime prevention. Our goal is to make Pennsylvania’s older population aware of the threat of fraud to the elder community, teach them how to avoid being victimized; and to make sure they know who they should call when they are concerned about their safety and well-being. 

One Monday, October 23 from 1: 00 pm to 2:00 pm 

Location: Montrose Library Community Room, School Rd. Montrose 

Fee: There is no fee for this class. 


703 Identity Theft: What Every Consumer Should Know About    Instructor Michele Nutter, Educator and Outreach Manager, Attorney General’s Office 

This program educates consumers on some “Dos & Don’ts” of ID theft. Each year, more than 10 million Americans have their personal information — including name, social security number, bank account, or credit card number — stolen. This presentation is designed to raise awareness of identity theft tactics, steps to take to protect your identity and personal information, and information on reporting identity theft. 

One Monday, October 23 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

Location: Montrose Library Community Room, School Rd. Montrose 

Fee: There is no fee for this class 


704 Tell Me Your Story        Instructor Ann Vitale 

Do you tell stories to your children and grandchildren about how it was when you were growing up? Where you lived? What you did? These stories are a lasting gift to your family. This class will coach you through writing some stories of your earlier life to present to your loved ones as a gift this holiday season. An experienced writer and coach will help you make these stories yours, in your own words and style, and to incorporate pictures and illustrations. 

Four Fridays, September 22,29, October 6 and 13 at 1:00 pm 

Location: Community Room Montrose Library, High School Road, Montrose 

Fee: $20.00