History

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Offered through Continuing Education

@ Forest Park | Meramec | South County

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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World History

Rating Leadership: Generals in the ETO

Explore how to rate military leadership at the general officer level, specifically in the context of the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during World War II. Together we will assess how well American, British and German generals performed in the European Theater.
HIST:714 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 M 7-9 p.m. | John Ketcherside
Feb. 3 | MC-BA, 114

Maîtresse-en-titre: French Kings and Their Famous Paramours

Diane de Poitiers. Gabrielle d’Estrees. Madame de Pompadour. With one notable exception, every French king from the Merovingian Dynasty through the Second Empire has enjoyed the company of one or more extramarital “favorites.” These women typically boasted high birth and status, authority in the eyes of the court and considerable public attention. This course will explore the roles and lives of some of the most famous (and infamous) mistresses of French kings, from the relationships they shared with their respective kings and the reputations they enjoyed among courtiers, to the tokens of royal affection they received. Join us for a round of salon gossip so lurid that it could only be about the French!
HIST:712 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young
Feb. 11 | STLCC-South County, 118

The Little Bighorn Campaign

Examine the 1876 Little Bighorn Campaign, widely and rightly known as one of the most one-sided battles in history, to find out how this battle was fought, won and lost. Join us to survey the battle, attempt to piece together what happened, and delve into the leadership decisions on both sides.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 M 7-9 p.m. | John Ketcherside
March 2 | MC-BA, 114

Israel, the Palestinians and the Trump Administration

American foreign policy toward Israel and the Palestinians shaped by such presidents as Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush has followed a fairly consistent trajectory. While tending to favor Israel, successive administrations have typically championed a two-state solution to the long-standing conflict and paid both lip service and cash money to the cause of supporting the Palestinians. Motivated by a variety of factors, the Trump administration has enacted policies that deviate wildly from those of its predecessors in this regard. Join us for a review of these policy changes, the forces driving them and a discussion of whether they are likely to achieve the administration’s goal of striking “the ultimate deal,” a comprehensive peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
HIST:710 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young
March 10 | MC-SO, 108

NEW! Ulysses S. Grant: From St. Louis to Glory

Ulysses S. Grant married a St. Louis native and is the only president to have lived in the St. Louis area. How do we assess this man who was praised yet also vilified in his time and ours? Discover more about this Army Officer, farmer, general, president and world traveler with ties to St. Louis.
HIST:705 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen
April 2 | MC-SO, 205

The Campaign in Italy 1943-1945

Largely forgotten after D-Day and too often ignored by historians, explore the Campaign in Italy of 1943-1945. Learn about the Allied advancements up the Italian boot to discover what happened and why it matters.
HIST:714 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P02 M 7-9 p.m. | John Ketcherside
April 6 | MC-BA, 116

The Politics of Population Part II: Migration

During the Middle Ages people rarely traveled more than seven miles beyond their place of birth. In other periods of human history, for various reasons, massive pockets of humanity uprooted themselves and their families in search of new circumstances or, more pressingly, to escape those which were no longer tenable. This second installment of the population series will examine patterns of human migration. Specifically, this investigation will focus on large-scale relocation resulting from factors related directly to changes in weather and climate. Join us as we work to understand the forces driving contemporary migrations and connect them to their historical counterparts. Recommended prerequisite: The Politics of Population Part I: Homefront.
HIST:765 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young
April 7 | STLCC-South County, 118

Six Women

Tracing the story of six women through her maternal ancestry was an unexpected journey — a feat she thought near impossible, in fact. To her surprise, Gloria Perry was able to use a variety of genealogy tools, oral history, and field trips to trace her maternal ancestry through America and Germany. Listen as she weaves the tale of six women and her quest to find them. This class is a mix of historical storytelling and genealogy tips. Instructor will be in period dress as her ancestors would have worn.
HIST:765 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P02 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Gloria Perry
April 16 | MC-SO, 205

NEW! The Real Alexander Hamilton

Long before the musical, Alexander Hamilton was an ambitious young man from the Caribbean and the son his mentor George Washington never had. Discover more about this Revolutionary War officer, Treasury Secretary, Federalist party leader, political operative and fatal duelist. Spend an evening learning about the real Hamilton before going to the theatre!
HIST:704 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen
April 30 | MC-SO, 105

The Life and Legacy of George H. W. Bush

Our country recently said farewell to George H. W. and Barbara Bush. Spend an evening reflecting on the life of this Navy hero, Yale Bulldog, businessman, congressman, ambassador, vice president and president. Learn how he and Barbara became the linchpins of a political dynasty.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P02 Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen
May 14 | MC-SO, 205

Local History

NEW! History of the Hill

Learn about this beloved St. Louis neighborhood from the view of Hill native Joe DeGregorio. Explore two distinctly different cultures of Italians who immigrated to the Hill, why it took decades before they got along, and who lived there before the Italians. Insider stories illustrate the tremendous influence of the Italian church, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and World War II and examine how the Hill is faring today. Get to know those who made the neighborhood famous and those whom you may not know were from the Hill. From Yogi Berra and the inventor of synchronized swimming to the best pizza pie and internationally famous divas — through entertaining stories you’ll gain insights about the Hill that aren’t found in history books.
HIST:708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P05 M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Joe DeGregorio
Feb. 10 | FP-D, 217

St. Louis True Crime Survey

Take a deep dive into some of St. Louis history’s most notorious true crime stories of murder, robbery, kidnapping and disappearance! Learn the real stories behind infamous legends and uncover crimes that have been lost to history. Each story will be illuminated with multimedia accounts including 255-year-old journal entries, archived newspaper coverage, popular culture references and more. True crime fans will not want to miss this class!
HIST:708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Amanda Ball Clark
Feb. 20 | FP-D, 217

Dark Moments in St. Louis History

St. Louis has had its fair share of historical dark moments including mayors maimed or killed while in office, prominent St. Louisans held captive by pirates, school children sprayed with radioactive substances, and agonizing deaths in the Mississippi River. Explore these moments and more in this class. You may even discover not one but two Jack the Ripper suspects with ties to St. Louis!
HIST:708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P02 Tu 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
Feb. 25 | MC-BA, 120

NEW! Prohibition in St. Louis

It’s been 100 years since Prohibition began in the United States. Discover its origins, effects, and the resulting massive disobedience of the law and subsequent repeal of the 21st amendment as experienced in the Greater St. Louis area. Explore the various gangs who rose to power to control the illegal flow of moonshine and the many stories of everyday folk who either financially benefited from the production of small-operation illegal alcohol and made moonshine a cottage industry in several neighborhoods, or who paid a terrible price for their involvement or lack thereof.
HIST:708 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P06 M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Joe DeGregorio
March 9 | FP-D, 217

St. Louis Disasters and Catastrophes

Cholera, tornadoes, fire — all of these disasters have devastated St. Louis but have also brought about improvements to our city and cities around the globe. Learn about the Great Fire of 1849, the 1896 and 1927 St. Louis tornadoes, transportation disasters and more!
HIST:708 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P03 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Amanda Ball Clark
March 26 | MC-CS, 206

The 1950s Are Still Alive in St. Louis

Would you like to sit in the historic Arena’s penalty box, eat a Parkmoor chickburger or watch some roller derby action? How about making money because you love Lucy or seeing Sputnik in person? This talk covers items from 1950s St. Louis that have survived into the 21st century. Take a peek into how people spent their spare time in the post-war era and what remains of these pastimes in St. Louis, both indoors and out. Find out how you can re-live the era, dance the night away with music from the fabulous ‘50s, and even find products on store shelves that are unchanged from over 60 years ago!
HIST:708 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P04 W 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
April 22 | MC-BA, 116


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