History and Culture Courses

Fall 2014


Native American Women

Join Deborah "Turtle" Swartz member of and clan mother for the Southeastern Woodland Indian Loyalist Confederacy for this fascinating course on the roles of women found in Native American 18th Century Nations. In this program, participants will learn of the powers women held in a matriarchal society-both within daily life of a village and within the political structure of a nation. The Nations this class encompasses are those of the Iroquois, the Shawnee, the Delaware and the Powhatan.

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

DIS-053-C1 | 09/12/14-09/26/14 | D. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


1755 Braddock and Washington

This program concentrates on the first year of the French & Indian War and Britain's strategy for winning the war against France within a year. We will cover General Braddock's campaign, his march through Maryland and Virginia, and culminating in his defeat near modern Pittsburgh. We will investigate the causes for his defeat, as well as the real roles performed by Washington - not the myths - as his aide. We'll turn our attention to the north, following Massachusetts Governor William Shirley's march upon Fort Niagara and William Johnson's offensive against French Fort Frederic (Crown Point, NY). We will then follow England's removal of the Acadians, their coming to the British colonies, and their exodus to the "Acadian Coast" of Louisiana. Finally, we will see how the results of the first year impacts the campaign strategies of both France and England for the duration of the war.

Fee: $80 Senior Adult Fee: $45 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-442-C | 09/23/14-10/21/14 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


1814: Critical Year

This program celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. We will focus on the year 1814, when the war is going against the United States. We will detail the British campaigns culminating in the burning of Washington, DC and the accompanying campaign against Baltimore. We will investigate the myths and realities surrounding "The Star Spangled Banner". We will next turn out attention to the north, following the British offensive from Canada down Lake Champlain and their naval defeat upon this lake. We'll discuss how the US successful defense of Baltimore and Britain's defeat in New York - nor Jackson's victory in 1815 at New Orleans - changed the peace negotiations toward America's favor.

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

DIS-443-E | 11/04/14-11/18/14 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Drink Up: History Wash Co

Did you know that Washington County and the surrounding region was a leading producer of whiskey? Taverns could be found every few miles along our major roads? Moonshine was produced in large quantities in Washington County during prohibition? Come to a special program on the "History of Alcohol Production and Consumption in Washington County" This program begins with a Friday evening, 11/7 get-together at the Miller House from 6PM-8Pm and a seminar at Hagerstown Community College on 11/8 from 8AM-3PM. Please contact Bobsavitt@aol.com for more information or questions.

Fee: $37 Senior Adult Fee: $35 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-445-E | 11/07/14-11/08/14 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


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