History and Culture Courses

Winter 2015


George Washington

What lessons did Washington learn in this war that aided him in the American Revolution? In answering this question, we will cover Washington's personal and physical traits and follow him throughout the war. Topics covered are: (1) His diplomatic journey to the French on the upper Ohio in 1753. (2) The Fort Necessity campaign of 1754, including his controversial decision to attack an alleged French diplomat. (3) The myths and realities of his roles in General Braddock's 1755 campaign culminating in defeat at the Forks of the Ohio. (4) His efforts as commander of Virginia's frontier defense from 1755 to 1758. (5) His controversial roles-both personally and professionally-in the Forbes campaign of 1758.

Fee: $60 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-183-H | 02/23/15-03/09/15 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Civil War

Fee: $67 Senior Adult Fee: $47 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-282-M | 03/28/15-03/28/15 | T. Clemens | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


French Invasion

The French & Indian War was a seminal occurrence in the nation's history, accelerating events that would culminate in the American Revolution. A state of war existed in the fall of 1753, following Washington's delivering a diplomatic message to the French at Fort Le Boeuf from Virginia's governor Dinwiddie, and the French refusal of the governor's request: vacate the King's land. This program details the events leading up to Washington's historic 1753 mission.

Fee: $45 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-458-G | 01/26/15-02/02/15 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register