History and Culture Courses

Spring 2020


The Vatnsdal Saga

The Vatnsdal Saga spans five generations, although it is in the third that a creation myth of an entire Icelandic region and of a dynasty are created.

Fee: $31 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-045-J | 04/22/20-04/22/20 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Laxardal Saga

The Laxardal Saga is known for its grand sweep that catches up characters from other sagas but is especially known for its powerful heroine, Gudrun Osvifsdottir.

Fee: $31 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-046-K | 05/20/20-05/20/20 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


American Crises, 1781-1787

Discuss the numerous crises facing the newly created United States that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in September, 1787. From the fiscal crisis, the potential break-up of the nation during the American Revolution by European powers, through The Articles of Confederation and Shays' Rebellion, to the potential secession of the Trans-Appalachian west and the failure of the Annapolis Convention of 1786.

Fee: $81 Senior Adult Fee: $41 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-047-L | 06/02/20-06/16/20 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


George Washington's Crossings, 1776-1777

Follow Washington's ragged army retreating across New Jersey after a series of devastating defeats in the 1776 New York campaign. Risking everything, Washington crossed the Delaware River in December to attack and defeat the Hessians and/or British in three battles. We'll discuss the roles of the British commanders, Sir William Howe and Lord Richard Howe, and analyze their motivations in contrast to official instructions from London. Did the Howes have the best chance of ending the Revolution in 1776? Were the Howes? incompetent? Were Washington?s three victories in 1776-1777 the true "turning point of the American Revolution" and not Saratoga in 1778? Just what are the myths and realities of Washington crossing the Delaware in December, 1776?

Fee: $107 Senior Adult Fee: $61 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-048-J | 04/21/20-05/12/20 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Crossing the Line: Underground Railroad History in Washington County, Md

The Underground Railroad in Eastern Maryland has received so much attention that it is easy to believe nothing much was happening in Washington County. But the people and places of Hagerstown indeed played a role in the slave trade and the Underground Railroad. Come examine the history of Hagerstown and its people, including both free and enslaved African Americans, who supported fugitive slaves on their journey to freedom. Learn the importance of separating facts from folklore, and where to find additional resources for understanding Hagerstown?s involvement in the slave trade and Underground Railroad activities.

Fee: $91 Senior Adult Fee: $51 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-052-J | 04/30/20-05/21/20 | I. Staff | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Summer 2020