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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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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, she was able to use a variety of genealogy tools, oral history, and field trips to trace her maternal ancestry through America and Germany. Listen in as Gloria 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 | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Gloria Perry
Sep. 9 | MC-SO 205

NEW! 200 Years of Famous Missourians

In 2021, Missouri celebrates 200 hundred years of statehood. Spend an evening talking about some of the Missourians honored in the Hall of Famous Missourians—some familiar, others not typically associated with Missouri, and others unknown (but who should be!) Learn who they are and why they are honored.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $27 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F01 Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen
Sep. 30 | MC-SO 205

Beer, Brats and Baseball

We all know St. Louis is Cardinal Nation! Delve deeper into the city’s baseball history in this class, where we will discuss the German entrepreneur who brought the Brown Stockings to St. Louis, how the team became the Cardinals and the history behind some of your favorite baseball traditions.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F04 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Victoria Cannon
Oct. 2 | Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Looking up While Walking Downtown

Explore the many unique and beautiful architectural highlights of downtown St. Louis, including: the world’s first skyscraper; statues by one of the WWII Monuments Men; architectural and painted optical illusions; mythological creatures and animals; ornate terra cotta; rhythmic windows; a dome fashioned after St. Peters in Rome; and a St. Louis building that received national acclaim by PBS.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F03 F 9:30-11 a.m. | Douglas Schneider
Oct. 8 | Online

NEW! Missouri’s Civil War

During Missouri’s bicentennial, it’s appropriate to look back at important times in Missouri’s past. None were more important or trying than the Civil War years. As one of the most intensely fought-over states, Missourians marched away to wear Blue and Grey, fought each other and then returned home. Spend an evening looking at some of the leading characters and battles of those divisive years.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $27 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F02 Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen
Oct. 28 | MC-SO 205

St. Louis on Fire

A legacy of fire shapes modern St. Louis. The Great Fire of 1849 wiped out a huge swath of the riverfront and caused the first death of a firefighter in the country. St. Louis boasts the oldest fire department west of the Mississippi. There were firefighting shows at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Remains of a burnt hotel still stand in Tower Grove Park. Revisit this history, the evolution of fire-fighting methods and equipment, and the city’s repurposed fire stations.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F05 F 9:30-11 a.m. | Douglas Schneider
Dec. 3 | Online

United States

NEW! The Story of Peoples Brewing Company, America’s First Black-Owned Brewery

In 1970, the now-defunct Peoples Brewing Company became the first black-owned brewery in the United States. As minorities in the field, the company struggled to survive and profit; they only stayed in business for two short years. Discover the significance of the story of this short-lived brewery and the intersections of race, capitalism and beer.
HIST-711 | 1 session | $30 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F01 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Victoria Cannon
Aug. 28 | MC-SO 205

Aaron Burr: The Man Who Shot Alexander Hamilton

We remember Aaron Burr for killing Alexander Hamilton, but he lived an interesting life before their fatal duel. Uncover the forgotten details of this war hero, senator and former Vice President’s life, including: his graduation from college at the age of 16; trial for treason; relationship with Napoleon; and, divorce on the same day as his death.
HIST-703 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 F 9:30-11 a.m. | Douglas Schneider
Sep. 24 | Online

Baseball’s Hidden Histories

Baseball is widely known as America’s favorite pastime. However, people from all different cultures and backgrounds participate in the sport. Throughout U.S. history, baseball has been a unifier and a catalyst for social change. Explore how race, gender and class movements were built on the baseball field and learn about some of your favorite sport’s hidden figures.
HIST-765 | 1 session | $30 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F02 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Victoria Cannon
Sep. 25 | Thomas Dunn Learning Center

NEW! True Crime History: Vice, Morality and Murder in the Borderland

In 1926, the death of the Peteet family in San Diego, CA, received national attention. Retrace the details of this true crime horror story and explore how one family’s vacation-gone-wrong turned into a larger rallying cry for reforming the US-Mexico border regulations in the early twentieth century. This tale will give you insight into the fraught history of vice and virtue associated with the southern border.
HIST-765 | 1 session | $30 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F06 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Victoria Cannon
Oct. 30 | MC-SO 205

Native Leaders: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Chief Joseph

Rediscover the stories of remarkable Native American leaders. Discover how Crazy Horse took up arms against the United States federal government to fight against encroachment by white American settlers, explore the Battle of Little Bighorn and understand how the Nez Perce conducted themselves in the face of incredible adversity. Also, you will find out about when Geronimo resided in St. Louis.
HIST-703 | 1 session | $23 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F02 F 9:30-11 a.m. | Douglas Schneider
Nov. 19 | Online


Tools: A History

Survey human civilization from the perspective of tools and the materials we make using them. Explore our development through the lenses of fire for cooking (and thus less time spent hunting to survive), the stone wheel, various metal ages, and the electrical and electronic advances of today. What is the next frontier, based on what we can make?
HIST-765 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F07 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Sep. 8 | Online

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