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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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World History

NEW!  World War II Tanks

Which army in World War II had the best tank? How do you even rate what makes a tank “the best”? This class will discuss the main battle tanks of the major combatant nations and rate them for mobility, armor and weaponry. We will also place these ratings into the context of battles in which they fought.
HIST:714 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

NEW! Standing in the Reign: The Lives and Legacies of Victoria and Albert

Together, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert wove a love story, transformed a nation and became the grandparents of Europe. Learn how Albert is responsible for a cherished Christmas tradition and about the crucial role he played in the American Civil War. We’ll also explore how Victoria spawned an era and showed enduring love, mourning her departed husband for decades as she reigned as beloved Queen. Spend an evening discovering how Victoria and Albert came to their positions and the influence of their legacy.
HIST:712 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

NEW! Six Women

Tracing the story of six women through her maternal ancestry was an unexpected journey—a feat Gloria Perry thought near impossible in fact. To her surprise, genealogy tools, oral history and field trips enabled her 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 story-telling and genealogy tips. Instructor will be in period dress as her ancestors would have worn.
HIST:765 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $19 REG 

NEW! 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

NEW! 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 and learn how he and Barbara became the linchpins of a political dynasty.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

NEW! Napoleon’s 100 Days

Napoleon dramatically returned to France as a criminal and within 100 days was once again Emperor of France, at war with Europe, and again abdicating his throne and under arrest! This class will discuss this dramatic story and the battles that led to his defeat at Waterloo.
HIST:712 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG 

NEW! 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

NEW! The Cuban Missile Crisis

Did the United States “win” the Cuban Missile Crisis? Did the Soviets? This class examines the Cold War context in which the crisis occurred, the decisions leaders made from the options available to them, and the long term impact some of these decisions continue to present today.
HIST:715 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG 

NEW! Battle of the Bulge

In an attempt to drive a wedge between the British and American armies and capture the port of Antwerp, the Germans launched an offensive through the Ardennes forest. The result was the largest battle fought by the American Army during the Second World War: the Battle of the Bulge. Often portrayed as a near disaster for the American Army, the battle instead proved to be a disaster for the Germans. But could they have won? Find out!
HIST:714 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG 

Local History

Women’s Literary History of St. Louis

Learn about St. Louis’ incredibly rich history of women writers, playwrights, poets and even a muse or two. This lecture will discuss famous female authors including Sara Teasdale, Kate Chopin, Maya Angelou and more. Learn about the historical context of their lives and work while gaining insights into the lives they led. We will also uncover several women whose work has been lost to popular history, but who will astound you with their genius and unbelievable life stories.
HIST:708 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

NEW! 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. Topics will include 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

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 multi-media 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 | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

NEW! Dark Moments in St. Louis History

St. Louis has had its fair share of dark moments in its history 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 | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG

The 1904 World’s Fair: Innovations and Inventions

Many new products and inventions made their debut at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis including the fax machine, cotton candy, electric typewriter, cellphone, photo booth and many others! The World’s Fair exposed people to objects they had never seen before like the ice cream cone and puffed rice, and it even brought St. Louis clear drinking water for the first time! Join us for an illuminating evening of all the 1904 World’s Fair brought to the modern world!
HIST:708 | 1 session | $13 AGE 60+ | $19 REG


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