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History is the most inclusive and wide-ranging of intellectual pursuits. No other discipline offers more to those who take seriously one of the central purposes of humanistic studies: to educate an informed, thinking, and aware society capable of meeting the challenges of the new century. Gain an understanding of the present and training for the future by building a foundation through knowledge of the past with our history classes.

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NEW! How Missouri Women Got the Vote

Missouri, and especially St. Louis, was a hotbed of suffragette activity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Take a journey from the movement-energizing Civil War to the 19th amendment, which granted women the ballot nationwide in 1920. Discover what happened once Missouri women got the vote as we celebrate the centennial of its ratification.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
June 4 | MC-BA, 116

NEW! 1914

Discuss the initial opening moves of World War I in 1914 and analyze how the front coalesced in the west but stalemated in the east. Examine the failures of the German Schlieffen Plan and French Plan XVII, the effect of the British Expeditionary Force, and the massive but ineffective movements on the Eastern Front, particularly those of the Russians and Austro-Hungarians.
HIST-714 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 W 7-8:30 p.m. | John Ketcherside
June 10 | MC-BA, 116

NEW! Put a Stamp on It: The Postal Service in St. Louis, 1804-Present

It is said that the postal service is what united the United States. Enjoy an overview of the U.S. Postal Service in St. Louis, tracing its history from before Missouri became a state to present day. Features a visual tour of select St. Louis area post offices with unique qualities. Instructor will discuss the first transcontinental mail route which started in St. Louis and ended in California.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S02 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
June 18 | MC-BA, 116

NEW! Civil War as Modern War

Was the U.S. Civil War the first modern war? If so, for what reasons? This class seeks to define “modern war” and test whether the Civil War was, in fact, the first. Discussion includes the advancing tactics and technologies of the Civil War as well as the war’s evolution in scope and scale.
HIST-705 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 W 7-8:30 p.m. | John Ketcherside
June 24 | MC-BA, 116

NEW! The Lost Generation

A hundred years ago a cohort of writers, poets and musicians descended upon a freshly postwar Paris in search of all that they feared was lost: identity, tradition and engagement with a society built on the ruins of trenches and mustard gas. Join us to examine this colorful cast of characters, from Gertrude Stein and T.S. Elliot to Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, who faced the struggles of their generation through expression, discussion and various modes of escape.
HIST-765 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Hagerty Young
June 30 | MC-SO, 108

NEW! American Musical Theater: From Show Boat to Hamilton

From Show Boat and West Side Story to Company and Dear Evan Hansen, enjoy a fast-paced and entertaining look at the history of American musical theater through viewing video clips of musical numbers from stage, concert and film versions of musicals, plus in-class commentary by the instructor.  Discover the importance of 21 significant shows in this expansive look at the history of musical theater led by a musical theater director, performer and teacher.
HIST-765 | 3 sessions | $25.50 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
S02 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Ken Ross
July 8 – July 22 | MC-LH, 104

The Founding of St. Louis in 1764

Founders Pierre Lacléde and Auguste Chouteau had a difficult decision when choosing where to locate St. Louis in 1764. Explore their decisions Family Feud-style. Students are divided into two families, the Laclédes vs. the Chouteaus, as Doug shows how these decisions shaped St. Louis in the four decades leading up to the Louisiana Purchase.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S03 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
July 9 | MC-BA, 116

Steamship Captain: Riding on the High Seas in the 1850s

What was it like to cross the Atlantic again and again from New York to London or France in the 19th century? Ride the waves of an 1850s steamship captain’s rich journey with his entourage and their fares, envisioning the luxury afforded passengers, the tribulations of crew hierarchy and the challenges of preparing a ship for voyage. Instructor wears period dress in this dynamic portrayal of 1850s life. This is a journey you won’t want to miss!
HIST-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Gloria Perry
July 16 | MC-SO, 205

The Mystique of Route 66 in Missouri

Route 66 has become much more than a fond American memory in the years since its decline. From Sir Paul McCartney cruising Route 66 for his 66th birthday to a Route 66-themed nightclub in Thailand, find out why this highway has captured the imagination of so many around the world. Explore the mystique of Route 66 and discover locations near St. Louis where Route 66 is still alive today!
HIST-708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S04 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
July 23 | MC-BA, 116

NEW! The First Thing About Iran

As concerning levels of tension grow between the United States and Iran, finding straightforward, credible, relevant information on the sources of hostility that have led to the current state of affairs seems elusive to many. Explore these developments through a more informed lens as we explore the last century or so of Iranian history and its position in the international system. Learn how Persia became Iran, an entrenched hereditary monarchy became a revolutionary Shi’ite theocracy, and Iran became a global pariah state.
HIST-710 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Hagerty Young
July 28 | MC-SO, 108

NEW! Vice Presidents from Adams to Pence: Their Role and History

Dismissed by John Adams as “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived,” the vice presidency has evolved into a highly sought-after and important position in government. Examine the history of the vice presidency, its occupants and changing roles, and the pivotal vice presidents who channeled the development of the office.
HIST-703 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen
Aug. 6 | MC-SO, 205


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