Culture and History



 601   The Music Associated with World War 1    Instructor: Charlene Thomson

This course will explore the music associated with World War One. History will be integrated into the presentation.  The instructor will play and sing the tunes. Participants will be encouraged to sing along to familiar tunes.

Two Wednesdays, May 9 and 16, 1:30 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $10.00


602   Religions of the World     Instructor: Jason Clapper, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Montrose

This class is meant to compare, contrast, and offer insight into various major religions of the world.  The class will include but is not limited to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.  The instructor will offer insight as to how these world religions contrast with Christianity, but the Christian faith will not be the main focus. The goal of the course is to gain knowledge and to better understand the faith of our local and global neighbors.

Four Tuesdays beginning May 8, 1:30 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $20.00


603   The Curious Life of Anne Drinker: 19th Century Philadelphia and Montrose Poet, and a Drinker Heiress. Instructor: Jan Quackenbush, local historian

In her lifetime Anne Drinker, descended from Henry Drinker the Elder, was called “the rage of society”.  Her poetry was published to some acclaim; but then she struggled for personal freedom.  Her story is intriguing, complicated, and ultimately  heroic.

One Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 pm

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

Fee: $5.00


604    The Book Club: Coordinator Eileen Baessler

April 4,      ORPHAN TRAIN – a novel by Christina Baker Kline Pub. 2012

Based on actual historical events when, between 1854 and 1929, the street children, orphaned or abandoned in the cities of the east coast of America were loaded onto trains with the hope of finding them permanent homes. As a train stopped at various stations, advance advertising had families lined up to view the children, either to give them loving homes or use them for hard labor, or reject them to move on to the next station. These children needed cunning, backbone, and resilience to survive. The novel moves between contemporary Maine and depression era Minnesota and tells of an unlikely friendship. Discussion leader: Ann Vitale


April 18,     Rebecca, a novel by Daphne du Maurier published in 1938

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  Rebecca has been beloved by readers for eighty years.  Whether you read this a long time ago and would like to revisit Manderley and its inhabitants or need an excuse to read it a first time, join us. Discussion leader: Eileen Baessler

May 2 ,   CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II , by Liza Mundy Published 2017

“This is a man’s size job, but I seem to be getting away with it.” “Pencil-pushing mamas sink the shipping of Japan.” This true accounting is in a vein similar to the popular HIDDEN FIGURES. Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during the war. While brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington, D.C. and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. Mundy’s research included recently declassified documents from the files of the National Security Agency.                                                                             Discussion leader: Ann Vitale

Three Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, April 4, April 18, and May 2

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

Fee: No fee for the book club participants but you will need to register for one or all three books. Indicate on your registration form the sessions that you will be attending.


605   A Musical Memory of Philippa Follert    Coordinator, Mary Ann DeWitt

This is a spring concert remembering the music and the musicians that were so much a part of Philippa Follert’s life.  Philippa was a life-long teacher of music; even after she retired from the Montrose Area School District, she continued giving private lessons to young people.  But her greatest gift was her enthusiastic and unflagging encouragement.  She was their greatest fan and always so proud of their achievements.  This concert features some of Philippa’s past students singing and playing music she loved, including Tom Follert, Jake Myers and Kristen Burkhart.

One Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Church St., Montrose

Fee: $5.00 (All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Montrose Mobile Food Pantry in Philippa’s name).