History and Culture Courses

Summer 2014


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


Diversity in the Civil War

European immigrants (Germans, Irish), American Indians, Asians, Hispanics, African Americans and women contributed in various degrees of service in every major theater of operations throughout the war. It was a falsehood however, that the majority of all Federal troops were foreign born, as was an oft repeated assertion of the Southern and British press of the time. Join Joe Mieczkowski for this interesting new course focusing on the ethnic diversity of soldiers fighting in the Civil War.

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

DIS-436-D | 10/23/14-10/30/14 | J. Mieczkowski | 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


History of Washington County

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