History & Travel

Great Lakes Bay Region History (165)

Explore the history of the Great Lakes Bay Region during this three-session presentation by broadcaster and historian Eric Jylha.  The class will cover the Native American tribes that lived here before the first Europeans arrived.  The natural resources that drew those settlers and the wealth that was created will be discussed, along with the area’s participation in the Civil War and World War II.  The class will be enhanced by historic film and documentary video. 

Mondays: September 15, 22 & 29 •1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members   
Room: C129

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The Cold War: Beginning and End (166)

The defeat of Germany and Japan in 1945 did not usher in the golden age of peace as many expected.  Before long it would be evident that the Soviet Union and Communist China were serious threats to justice and freedom throughout the world.  Session one will cover the Cold War and the Korean War.  Session two will consider the Middle East and Africa through 1973, session three examines Indochina and Vietnam through 1975, and the final session examines the Soviet high water mark and the Western victory from 1975 through 1989.  The class will be led by Northwood University history professor John Pafford.

Tuesdays:   September 16, 23, 30 & October 7, 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members  
Room: C129

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Michigan’s Aviation History: Biplanes to Buffs (167)

Join aviation historian Ric Mixter as he chronicles Great Lakes Air Force Bases at Sawyer, Wurtsmith, Selfridge and Kincheloe.  From WWI flying aces to the longest bomb run in history, Ric will show how local runways made history.  He’ll talk about the famed Tuskegee Airmen who fought not only Nazis, but also segregation that led to their unit being thrown off the base.  Also learn how local men and especially women built B-24 Bombers at the Willow Run Plant.  The class will include footage from Ric’s documentary Bombs Away: Goodbye Guardians of the Great Lakes.  Ric is owner of Airworthy Productions and has produced numerous documentaries which have been shown on PBS. 

Mondays: October 6, 13 & 20 • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members   
Room: C129

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Saginaw’s Early Businesses, Industries & Hospitals (168)

Early entrepreneurs established thriving businesses and industries in the prosperous lumber town of Saginaw.  Some still exist today, but many have become extinct.  Roselyn Ederer, author of 13 books on Saginaw history, will discuss such industries as breweries, cigar making, flour milling, banking, dressmaking, ice harvesting, baking and furniture making.  Major corporations like Morley Brothers and Wickes Brothers will be examined as will the orphanages and hospitals founded by early pioneer women.  All of Rose’s books will be available for purchase during the class.

Thursdays: October 9, 16 & 23 • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members   
Room: C129

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Touring Greece and the Aegean (169)

Are you planning a trip to Greece or a cruise on the Aegean?  Have you been there in years past and would like to reminisce?  Do you have an interest in the historical and cultural significance of that part of the world?  Dr. John Hale, Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville, has created a gem of a series that takes you on a visual tour from Athens to Delphi to the Aegean Islands, not only showing the architectural wonders that remain, but also explaining the significance of those treasures.  OLLI member Barbara Mitchell will be your guide as you view this Great Courses DVD Series. 

Tuesdays: November 11, 18, 25, December 2 & 9 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $32 Members; $62 Non-Members  
Room:   C129

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Great Lakes Lighthouses (170)

There are over 260 lighthouses in U.S. waters on the Great Lakes.  In this fast-paced class we will discover why they were built, who built and maintained them, and how they operated.  You will also discover various online tools which you can access for further study or for planning your own lighthouse adventures.  The class will appeal to anyone with an interest in lighthouses, from the casual observer to the long-time aficionado.  The class will be led by Terry Pepper, the first Executive Director of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes lighthouse history.

Tuesday: November 11 • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Price: $18 Members; $36 Non-Members   
Room: C129

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