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Glacier Detectives (FREE)

() Offered by: KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

Through this interactive distance learning program students will learn why we have national parks, and be inspired by glaciers and ecosystems in Alaska. What is a glacier and how is it formed? As glacial detectives, we will observe the clues that a glacier leaves behind, begin to understand how parts of our planet have been shaped by ice, and start thinking about how water shapes our local environments.

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Listening To The Ice (FREE)

() Offered by: KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

What happens in Alaska, doesn’t stay in Alaska! This interactive distance learning program will provide your students with a better understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change in Kenai Fjords National Park and throughout the world.

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What is Our Role in Ocean Stewardship?

() Offered by: KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

This program will focus on impacts and potential hazards of marine debris. In a facilitated dialogue format the ranger will engage students in a conversation about our role in protecting the ocean that we all share. free

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Overview of Free Internet Tools

() Offered by: MICHELE BARONE

Brief Introductions to: • Facebook • Gmail • Google Docs • Google Drive • Twitter

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Social Media: Facebook Series 1

() Offered by: MICHELE BARONE

Series - Facebook for fun, communication and connection (Also known as where are my children and what are they doing?) Class 1 o Setting up your Facebook page o Facebook Privacy settings o Facebook notifications

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Social Media: Facebook Series 2

() Offered by: MICHELE BARONE

Class 2 o Facebook Events o Facebook Live o Facebook Pages

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Sampler From Authors on Call 

(ART) Offered by: AUTHORS ON CALL

Vicki Cobb, founder of iNK Think Tank and author of 90+ books including Science Experiments You Can Eat and Huffington Post blogger will speak with you live as she introduces you to her crew of professors-at-large with their own fascinating programs.  Tune it on Jan 10  at 1:pm central.  Discover a genre of amazing presenters. The topics range from Harry Houdini, Poetry of the Sea as recited by a real sailor (and author/illustrator), traveling the Lewis and Clark trail, discovering a child who rode the orphan train, learning how forensics told us what George Washington looked like as a young man, going to outer space on the Voyager space craft, and getting in the trenches with female war correspondents.

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Informational Session with the Cleveland Museum

(ART) Offered by: CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART

The Cleveland Museum of Art offers free informational sessions on their award winning Distance Learning program. Introduce your community to rich, highly interactive conversations in which participants talk with museum staff on subjects such as America's Story through Art, Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome, Medieval Masterpieces, Impressionism, Japanese Art and more.

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African Art

(ART) Offered by: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART, SMITHSONIAN INSTIT

Art is a universal language and numerous stories are rooted in the centuries old ancient art of Africa to the work of modern artists who chronicle the contemporary world and our place in it. From the Smithsonian on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Curator of Education will guide your students through the diversity of forms and meanings from the birthplace of humanity.

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African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

(ART) Offered by: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART, SMITHSONIAN INSTIT

Art is a universal language and astronomy helps us to think about our place in the universe. From Egypt to South Africa, take a brief tour of African Cosmos: Stellar Arts with the Curator for Education and see cosmic models from three African countries: Nigeria, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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A House Divided: Civil War

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

The Civil War tested and consumed the country for more than four years. Explore how this great conflict and subsequent Reconstruction period are depicted through the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture, as well as the then-new medium of photography. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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African American Artists

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

The lives of African American artists lend insight into the context of their works. Learn about the diverse body of artwork created by African American artists and the historical, social, and cultural events, as well as the life experiences, that inspired their work. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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America's Signs & Symbols

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

Artists use familiar icons such as the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, and the American flag to communicate their ideas about American culture and encourage examination of our society. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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American Indians

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

American Indians are part of the past, present, and future of the United States. Explore histories and cultures of some American Indians as captured by both Native and non-Native artists. Discuss the influence of geography, tradition, and tribal affiliation on contemporary Indian artists. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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Contemporary Craft Works

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

Craft artists push beyond traditions by testing the limits of materials and techniques. Whether using clay, metal, glass, or fiber, these artists create works that blur the lines between art and craft and encourage us to see everyday objects in new ways. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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Found Object Artworks

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

From beads to bottlecaps, tinfoil to toys, artists have used many nontraditional materials to express themselves and create art. This videoconference covers how artists use everyday materials, vision and imagination, storytelling, and a sense of place. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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Latino Art and Culture

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

The concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge in the United States in the mid-20th century. Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day, often using their work to communicate with a larger public about social justice and themes of diversity, identity, and community. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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Lure of the West

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

Part geography and part mythology, the American West retains a powerful allure in popular culture. Explore depictions of the people, lifestyles, and landscapes of the 19th century West to better understand this dynamic period of history. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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To See Is To Think

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

In a world filled with images, it is important to be visually literate. While exploring artworks that represent various time periods, styles, and mediums, students will: 1) build a visual vocabulary and learn how to form interpretations based on visual evidence, and 2) build visual literacy by examining the choices artists make in heir work and why. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes.

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Young America

(ART) Offered by: SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

The transition from colonial rule to national independence was a pivotal time in American history. Students will explore colonial and early federal art that tells the story of growing national ambitions, territorial expansion, and the beginning of industry. Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together. Program length is 45-60 minutes

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Introduction to Dream Interpretation

(GROWTH) Offered by: BILLIE ORTIZ - DREAM INTERPRETATION

Sharing your dreams with a safe, supportive community of ​dreamers fosters a sense of empathy, deepens self-discovery and stimulates profound discussions that can enhance creativity in one’s work and play. Dreamwork is ​also ​an excellent way to satisfy that push toward consciousness that we experience when aging. ​

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Conversations with Elder Care Attorney Ramsey Bahrawy

(GROWTH) Offered by: ELDER CARE ATTORNEY PERSPECTIVES

A conversation with many interesting videos that answer questions for all of us as we age. I believe in the power of education and the need to pass your knowledge onto others. I am an Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics, Business Law and Regulations at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. In addition to this, I am heavily involved in my community, teaching its members the proper way to manage their affairs, especially as people enter into their golden years. I want to work to keep your golden years glimmering, so I give informational talks in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Faculties.

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The Wonder of Acupuncture

(GROWTH) Offered by: JON CHAMBERLAIN

In this interactive presentation, we will explore the ancient art and science of Chinese Medicine. Our presenter, Jon Chamberlain, will discuss the history, principles and philosophy of this 5000 year old medicine. In addition, Mr. Chamberlain will explain the health benefits and  procedures commonly used. He will answer frequently asked questions such as:"How do those little needles help with my pain or illness?" or “How do they know where to put the needles". And of course he will answer any other questions you may have. Jon Chamberlain is the practice manager and patient education coordinator for Eastern Healing Solutions in Overland Park, Kansas. Over the past 20 years, Eastern Healing Solutions has helped thousands of people, with a variety of medical conditions, become well again.

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Find Out More About SLN

(GROWTH) Offered by: SENIOR LEARNING NETWORK

Join us to find out about our vast array of programs, how to best schedule in your community, what are others people's favorite programs and much more! All the details you may be wondering about will be answered. PLUS! You'll find out how easy it is to use the video conferencing software.

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Virtual Wisdom Tour

(GROWTH) Offered by: SENIOR LEARNING NETWORK

I oftentimes think of things that I believe would be important for my sons to know - just little things that I have learned throughout my life. Do I stop and write them down or call them? No, not usually! I want to conduct virtual visits with as many centers as possible this year to collect these "pearls of wisdom" from your participants. What is it they want to pass on? What are the important lessons they've learned. Let's not lose these rich thoughts!

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Wake Up to Your Dreams

(GROWTH) Offered by: WAKE UP TO YOUR DREAMS

Sharing your dreams with a safe, supportive community of dreamers fosters a sense of empathy, deepens self-discovery and stimulates profound discussions that can enhance creativity in one’s work and play. Dreamwork is also an excellent way to satisfy that push toward consciousness that we experience when aging. In this workshop, you will learn how to decipher a dream and discover the compassionate, life-affirming process of working with the “if this were my dream” projective style. Together we will explore the symbols and metaphors of volunteered dreams and offer possible meanings, always remembering that only the dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings his or her dream may have. Even if you don’t remember your dreams, you will gain a deeper insight into how all dreams speak a universal language of metaphor and symbol, guiding us all toward health and wholeness.

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Bison Banquet

(HISTORY) Offered by: BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Badlands National Park is home to a population of approximately 800 bison. Learn about the bison's natural and cultural history as you explore the many traditional Native American uses of the bison. Participants will see bison parts and brainstorm possible uses for these items. (45 minutes)

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Time Travel With Fossils

(HISTORY) Offered by: BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Badlands National Park protects rich fossil beds that contain evidence of ancient life. The fossils include marine creatures that lived from 74 to 65 million years ago and ancient mammals that lived from 37 to 25 million years ago. Participants will make inferences about ancient animals and environments based on the fossil evidence presented to them.

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Brown vs. Board of Education -- Julia D. Roundtree 1865-1954

(HISTORY) Offered by: BROWN MUSEUM NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Julia Roundtree was born Julia Duncan in 1865 in Topeka, Kansas and resided there most of her adult life. As a colored teacher she would witness the growth of a thriving segregated community in colored schools that were considered equal. In this program you will see her character come to life as National Park Service Ranger Wilson portrays her, the wife of the principal at a black school, Monroe Elementary where the National Historic Site is today. She tells the story what it was like in Topeka before and after the Brown v. Board of Education court case that ruled in 1954 that "separate but equal" has no place and separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. -- FREE --

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School Boards, Busing and Brown: A History of Desegregation in Political Cartoons

(HISTORY) Offered by: BROWN MUSEUM NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Interactive, ranger-led distance learning program analyzing political cartoons in reference to the Brown case and segregation.
1. Understand regional perspectives on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to desegregate schools.
2. Analyze political cartoons and draw conclusions about the cartoonist's opinion(s) and message.
3. Identify symbols and historical themes in political cartoons.
4. Compare/contrast perspectives on segregation, desegregation, integration, affirmative action, racial balance, and educational opportunities between the 1950s to the present.

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First Encounters: When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa

(HISTORY) Offered by: BULLOCK STATE HISTORY MUSEUM

How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead participants as they search for evidence from artifacts and explore stories that reveal the many meanings of "Encounters on the Land."

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Gone to Texas! Part of the Nation's Immigration Story

(HISTORY) Offered by: BULLOCK STATE HISTORY MUSEUM

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? Dr. source, primary investigator, will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and look at artifacts that people brought with them on the journey

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The Town That Refused to Die

(HISTORY) Offered by: COLONEL ALLENSWORTH STATE HISTORIC PARK

In August 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers established a town founded, financed and governed by African-Americans. Their dream of developing an abundant and thriving community stemmed directly from a strong belief in programs that allowed blacks to help themselves create better lives. By 1910 Allensworth’s success was the focus of many national newspaper articles praising the town and its inhabitants.

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So You Know the Founding Documents

(HISTORY) Offered by: CREATIVE LEARNING FACTORY

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An Introduction to Winemaking

(HISTORY) Offered by: DANNY WOOD

The talk will look at winemaking from growing grapes to drinking the result. As we examine the different stages of the process from vineyard to winery and then bottling and drinking, we’ll examine some of the history of making wine and how wine growing practices have changed over the millennia. We’ll also survey the modern wine industry and discuss different styles of wine. FREE! Offered at 3:00 Central or arranged dates if possible.

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The Hannibal Trail

(HISTORY) Offered by: DANNY WOOD

On Hannibal’s Trail, is about the making of a television documentary following the trail of the Carthaginian warrior Hannibal on a bicycle, from Cartagena in the south of Spain, via the Alps and Italy to Tunisia. The talk will also highlight some of the history of Hannibal’s war against ancient Rome including the ongoing controversy about where he crossed the Alps with his invading army and elephants. FREE (Offered at 4:00 Central time on arranged dates) 

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Ask an Alaskan: Living and Working in Denali

(HISTORY) Offered by: DENALI

Alaskans have a wealth of knowledge about Denali National Park and Preserve, living in Alaska and more. Tap into these stories of knowledge through an informal question and answer session. Topics can cover the flora, fauna, glaciers, geology, biology, and cultural history of Denali, as well as life in rural Alaska, Careers in the National Park Service, and more.

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Denali: The High One

(HISTORY) Offered by: DENALI

This program focuses on the dynamic geologic processes - subduction, uplift and erosion - that created North America's tallest mountain. Participants investigate why Denali is so big, how it influences the weather and glaciers.

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The Science of Sled Dogs offered November to March

(HISTORY) Offered by: DENALI

Participants explore the adaptations - behaviors, forms (anatomy) and functions (physiology) - that make Denali's sled dogs well-suited to living and working in subarctic winter conditions.

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Building of the Transcontinental Railroad : Uniting a Country (Free Program)

(HISTORY) Offered by: DURHAM MUSEUM

One day, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln sitting at his desk in the White House in Washington DC , signed a document that fixed the eastern terminus of the proposed rail route at Omaha, Nebraska Territory. Within a short time dirt was flying in Nebraska and California. Thousands of workers, large numbers of teams, many supply trains, and vast quantities of equipment and supplies were employed in caring this stupendous project forward. Each month the gap between the two construction forces became shorter, and finally , on May 10 1869, after six years of strenuous effort, the rails were joined at Promontory, on the Utah desert. This endeavor was the 1800's equivalent to the United States putting a man on the moon 100 years later. This session is loaded with original documents and photos from the Union Pacific Museum to provide your students with historical accurate “primary” information. Note: The best times to connect are 9:00-11:00 CST and 1:00-4:00 CST.

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Buffalo Soldiers: An American Legend on the Western Frontier

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT LARNED

Explore the legend and reality of service among the Buffalo Soldiers. Formed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1866, the 10th Cavalry was the first of four regiments for African-American and non-white soldiers in the regular Army. Native Americans dubbed them "Buffalo Soldiers" because of the resemblance of their hair to bison fur and their tenacity. The 10th Cavalry was sent to Fort Larned in 1867 but was deployed across the Great Plains and Southwest during the Indian Wars and afterwards. The troopers and their commanders served with distinction in the face of racism and discrimination, even as they became part of the mythology of the West.

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Cultures Collide

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT LARNED

"Cultures Collide" Fort Larned sits along the routes of the Santa Fe Trail which connected Missouri to New Mexico. For thousands of years, Native American peoples crossed the Great Plains for hunting, travel, and trade. For centuries, Spanish and French military men vied with one another and with tribes for dominance of the prairies. Beginning in the 1820s, Americans traders used this route to exchange manufactured goods for gold, silver, and wool from New Mexican merchants. This lucrative trade set in motion six decades of rapid change as American and Mexican citizens poured into and across the heart of the Great Plains. This cultural collision transformed not only European Americans and Hispanic Southwesterners but also the Native American peoples of the Great Plains and the land itself.

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Fort Larned and the Santa Fe Trail

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT LARNED

In 1825, a few short years after a Missouri trader named William Becknell journeyed into Mexico and back, the U.S. government surveyed a length of terrain that would become known as the Santa Fe Trail. Soon the two-way business highway would become an international trade route, risky yet prosperous, and eventually altering the landscape. Trader's caravans ventured into the unknown, risking confrontations with tribes like the Kiowa, and southern bands of Cheyenne and Arapahoe, to name a few. A series of military forts, including Fort Larned, were established to protect travelers, escort government supply wagons, and maintain the peace. A park ranger will transport you back in time to a dusty trail in the vicinity of a lonely outpost that was Fort Larned. Today the historic site tells of a legacy with a stunning visual landscape and nine original sandstone buildings that surround a parade ground.

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Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT LARNED

Imagine crossing the prairie of central Kansas and coming around a bend in the Pawnee River to a humming army post. Fort Larned was established in 1859 to extend the power of the United States over the Great Plains sections of the Santa Fe Trail. After less than 20 years - as the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad main line replaced the Santa Fe Trail - it was sold as surplus and used as a ranch. The ranch preserved nine of the original sandstone buildings. During the summer, our living history program brings these buildings to life with smithing, woodworking, and more. Explore this place through your own eyes or those of a soldier, soldier's family, merchant, or Native American visitor

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George Washington and the French and Indian War

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT NECESSITY NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD

The park ranger will interact with the participants and use George Washington’s writings to show them how Washington’s ambition, hard work and experiences in the French and Indian War helped him mature into the famous man we all know today. Participants will have an opportunity to ask the park ranger questions.

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A Most Diverse Army: African American and American Indian Soldiers in the Civil War

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT SCOTT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

In this program, participants are asked to consider the concept of prejudice in the armed forces. The Civil War is introduced, and the conditions that led to African Americans and American Indians becoming refugees are discussed. The idea of African American and American Indian enlistment in the Union Army is then advanced.

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Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT SCOTT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Most of us today would not want to go the hospital if we could help it, because we associate hospitals with sickness and injury. However, because these two conditions occur with a great degree of regularity, hospitals often become a necessity to help us recover. During the Civil War, soldiers and civilians attached similar meanings to hospitals-a place of suffering, yes, but also a place of healing and recovery.

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Supplies, Survival and Success: Civil War Quartermaster

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT SCOTT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

In our modern world, many of us have come to rely on transportation systems and the operation of stores and warehouses in order to provide us with food, clothing, and other essentials for survival. During the Civil War, Fort Scott played a similar role as a supply depot that was critical to the survival and success of Union soldiers in the area.

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Christmas with FDR

(HISTORY) Offered by: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

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Eleanor Roosevelt

(HISTORY) Offered by: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

The Library Education Staff would be happy to hear your suggestions for additional presentation topics. With an archive of more than 17 million pages of documents to draw from there is a good chance we could develop a presentation based on your needs.

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Japanese-American Internment: Executive Order 9066

(HISTORY) Offered by: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

This presentation explores the decision leading to the internment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry at the beginning of World War II. -- 30-45 minutes --

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Presidential Papers and the National Archives

(HISTORY) Offered by: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

An introduction to the exciting world of presidential papers and the National Archives. Through an in-depth look at the more than 17 million pages of primary source material in the holdings of the Roosevelt Library (the nation's first presidential library), participants will be given a brief history of the presidential library system in general, and the FDR Presidential Library specifically. -- 30-45 minutes --

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The Great Depression: The First 100 Days of the New Deal

(HISTORY) Offered by: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

This presentation explores the causes and undercurrents that led up to the Great Depression and the dramatic set of New Deal Programs enacted in FDR's historic First Hundred Days in office. -- 30-45 minutes --

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Understanding the New Deal

(HISTORY) Offered by: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

This presentation explores some of the most significant New Deal programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA), Social Security Insurance (SSI), Tennessee Valley Administration (TVA), Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the National Recovery Administration (NRA), and the underlying goals that FDR had for the New Deal as a whole. -- 30-45 minutes --

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Faces of the Southern Ocean with J.J. L'Heureux

(HISTORY) Offered by: FT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Learn about the amazing animals of the Southern Ocean, its islands and Antarctica with artist J.J. L'Heureux. Ms. L'Heureux, an accomplished painter, photographer, adventurer and naturalist, has visited this incredible ecosystem each year since 2000 and will give your students close up views of surprising animals they may never have the opportunity to experience. L'Heureux will share the sense of intimacy and wonder she experienced when she first saw the "faces" of the amazing wildlife that inhabit the desolate continent of Antarctica. -- 30 minutes + Q&A --

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George Washington Carver Black Scientist of 19th Century

(HISTORY) Offered by: GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MONUMENT

The young child known as the "Plant Doctor" tended his secret garden while observing the day-to-day operations of a 19th century farm. Nature and nurture ultimately influenced George on his quest for education to becoming a renowned agricultural scientist, educator, and humanitarian.

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Rivers of Ice

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE

Glacier Bay National Park has a dynamic glacial history. The area and its people have experience and observed the tidewater glacier cycle of advance and retreat. Today, Glacier Bay is a place of scientific research where scientist conduct studies to understand how glaciers function and what their future may Available 10-1 to 2-28

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Survivor Glacier Bay

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE

Glacier Bay is a vast wilderness that is home to many animals, including birds, mammals, fish and, historically, people. Through this distance learning program, participants will learn that each animal has special adaptations to survive in the cold waters and snowy mountains of Glacier Bay. available 10-1 to 2-28

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Wilds of Glacier Bay, Alaska offered January and February, 2016

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE

Have you ever wanted to take your students into the wilds of Glacier Bay, Alaska, but your boat wasn't big enough? Well now our Park Rangers can bring Glacier Bay directly to YOU. During the program, participants will be interacting with the ranger, answering and asking questions! The programs are free and a great way to introduce you to this amazing national park and to the vast state of Alaska. Available 10/1 to 2/28

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African Folk Tales

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLOBAL EDUCATION MOTIVATORS

Folk stories in Africa are a medium for informal education. It’s the way wisdom is passed on from the older generation to the younger generation. Among the Acholi every evening the children gather firewood to make fire. Elders and children sit around the fire and elders told Folk stories which were passed to them by their elders. Classes may chose from these traditional tales: • The story of the lost spear • Mr. Elephant and the Rabbit • Monkey and the crocodile • Lion and Mr. Heir $100

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(HISTORY) Offered by: GLOBAL EDUCATION MOTIVATORS

e-trips to the UN -- coming soon
Nuclear Awareness Programs -- coming soon
The Three Religions of the Book -- coming soon

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Nuclear Weapons: The Basics

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLOBAL EDUCATION MOTIVATORS

While much has been accomplished since the Cold War, the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world still faces serious obstacles. From global relations, nuclear terrorism, energy and economic crises, this presentation will break down the state of the nuclear issue throughout history, and open discussion on current events. $100

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United Nations Myth vs Reality

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLOBAL EDUCATION MOTIVATORS

Purpose of the program is to provide a needed understanding of what the United Nations is and is not. Presenter will look at the formation of the UN in context with WWI, the League of Nations and WWII. Emphasis is on understanding the UN today through the reasons for its creation and how the UN functions today. $100

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A History of Glore

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLORE PSYCHIATRIC MUSEUM

The original ‘State Lunatic Asylum No. 2’ opened in November of 1874 with 25 patients on land located east of the City of St. Joseph. The Glore Psychiatric Museum has been recognized as “One of the 50 most unusual museums in the country.” It is one of only a handful of museums dedicated to the history of the treatment of the mentally ill. In 1968, George Glore, an employee of the St. Joseph State Hospital, helped construct a series of full-size replicas of primitive 16th, 17th, and 18th century treatment devices for a Mental Health Awareness Week open house. Those exhibits became the foundation for the Glore Psychiatric Museum. The museum has been in operation ever since, and is now part of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., Museum Complex.

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Snow Desk: Surviving Winter in Grand Teton National Park

(HISTORY) Offered by: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

During the broadcast, participants will interact with park rangers in the field who will interpret the winter survival strategies of local wildlife. The theme of the program is: Snow affects the way everything survives in Grand Teton National Park. The program typically lasts about 30 minutes and can include a question and answer session between your group and the ranger.

We will be offering this program on most Wednesdays and Thursdays starting February 13th and lasting through March (or until the snow desk melts!) between 9am and 4pm MST. -- 30 minutes --

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Across Vietnam to The Wall

(HISTORY) Offered by: HARLEY TRACKS

Author, Mike Rinowski, tells the story of an epic journey that honors our Vietnam veterans like no other. He will share stories and pictures from what is truly a once in a lifetime journey. In 2008, a job in Hanoi, Vietnam, interrupted Mike’s plans, and the opportunity to import a Harley Davidson was a surprise, too. He could not have imagined the directions his life would take from there. A joy ride on his day off turned into a quest that rolled into a journey—41,000 miles alone across Vietnam—with a playful vengeance. He thought his mission was over a few times, but faith, then led him across America on his Harley, which brought his journey full circle four and a half years later.

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Elephant Seals -- Evolution

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

This Program is not available during summer months (Starts again late September - Early October) The State of California maintains 278 state parks, of unique environmental, historical, and educational interest. One of the most interesting and unique, from the biological and environmental perspectives, is Ano Nuevo State Reserve, home of the largest rookery for northern elephant seals in the United States.

This program introduces students to the evolutionary history and adaptations of the northern elephant seals of Ano Nuevo State Reserve. The highlight of the program is a video conference between students and a park ranger. The ranger acts as guide for a virtual tour of the rookery and discusses the evolutionary history and adaptations of elephant seals with you.

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Gold Rush

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Learn about the California Gold Rush from Columbia State Historic Park.

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Hearst Castle Series 1: The Gardens of Hearst Castle

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Join a CA State Park Educator, and a CA State Park Gardener on a walk through the Gardens of Hearst Castle, discovering the many plant species that grow in this historic garden. Explore the challenges of maintaining a “historic garden”, and the processes that are involved in ensuring that the gardens are kept as historically accurate as possible. (Program Length: 30-45mins) (Outside program – iPad) ***The earlier this program is scheduled, the easier it will be to conduct without worrying about the general public getting in the camera view.

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Hearst Castle Series 3: A typical day @ the Ranch

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

From who was invited, to how the guests arrived, and what they did with their day, walk in the footsteps of the famous (and not so famous) guests of Hearst Castle, learning about the activities guests would participate in, including a visit to both swimming pools, a detailed discussion of the Zoo (at one point the largest private zoo in the United States), and the rooms you would spend your evening in, including the Assembly Room for cocktail hour, the Refectory for dinner, and the Movie Theater. (Program Length: 45-60mins)(Studio Program – using green screen technology & 360 degree imagery).

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Hearst Castle Series 4: The Egyptian Goddess & the Marble Masterpieces in the gardens of Hearst Castle

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Stroll through the gardens of Hearst Castle, and learn about the marble statuary, and sarcophagi located throughout the gardens. Gaze at the Egyptian Goddess Sekmet, and get an up-close look at the details carved in to these 4 sculptures of her from over 3000 years ago! Get in in-depth look at these works of art, and discover their orgin, history, and how they came to be placed in the gardens of America’s biggest Media Mogul by unlocking the story of William Hearst, as a prominent Art Collector of the early 20th Century. (Program Length: 30-45mins)(Outside Program – iPad) ***The earlier this program is scheduled, the easier it will be to conduct without worrying about the general public getting in the camera view.

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Hearst Castle Series 5: A room with a view

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

The bedrooms of Casa Grande: Explore 6 of the guest rooms in Casa Grande, or the Big House (68,500sf!), and also peak in to a room that was off limits to guests in the 1930s, William Hearst’s private Gothic Suite. Learn about how rooms were assigned to guests, some of the rules that applied to sleeping accomodations, and explore the Library down the hall from many of the guest rooms. Get an intimate look in to the man behind the name, by stepping in to his private suite, and getting to know more about him than many of his guests probably ever knew. (Program Length: 30-45mins) (Studio Program – using green screen technology & 360 degree imagery).

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Hearst Castle Series 6: Before there was a Castle, there was a Ranch

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Discover the history of Hearst Ranch while walking down the pier in San Simeon Bay. Learn how the ranch was originally purchased by George Hearst, William’s father, over 150 years ago and discover the origins of his fortune. Uncover the early uses of this property, including the use of San Simeon Bay as a shipping & whaling port. Explore the reasons why William Hearst chose to build his dream home, La Cuesta Encantada, on top of a 1600’ mountain, and the difficulties that came with that undertaking. Discuss how the ranch is being used today, as the largest grass-fed, hormone free cattle ranch in the United States, and how a multi-government agency collaboration is protecting the ocean waters bordering the ranch to preserve the rich biodiversity found here. (Program Length: 30-45mins) (Outside Program – iPad)

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Immigration

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Explore the topic of immigration through stories and lives of those who came through the US Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park. The Ellis Island of the West.

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Redwood Ecology

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Find out about the unique redwood forest ecosystems of Humboldt Redwoods and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks.

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Salmon Lifecycle

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Students are introduced to the life cycle of salmon and the importance of watersheds for their survival at Del Norte Redwoods State Park.

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Series #2: The Roaring 20's of Hearst Castle

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Journey back in time, and discover the beginnings of Hearst Castle, by looking at the 3 Guest Cottages, the first structures constructed at Hearst Castle.  Explore each cottage, looking at how the art, architecture, and interior design all reflect William Hearst’s & Architect Julia Morgan’s vision of creating a Spanish Renaissance Village on top of a hill, in the middle of cattle ranch on the beautiful Central Coast of California, which he appropriately named “La Cuesta Encantada” or the Enchanted Hill.  Discover some of the guests who stayed in these cottages, and hear stories of the guest’s experiences, including Edwin Hubble, George Bernard Shaw, & David Niven. (Program Length: 45-60mins)(Outside program – iPad) ***Suggested time for this program is 8am-9am (PST) due to difficulty of conducting program while tours are in session.  

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The Hearst Castle: An Exploration of Ancient Civilizations

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Explore the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans through the art and artifacts of Hearst Castle

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Tide Pools

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Experience life at the ocean's edge and find out why life in the tide pools is no day at the beach.

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"Monotony, Boredom and Sheer Terror!"--The life of an average Civil War Soldier

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORIC WASHINGTON STATE PARK

The common soldier had a lot to endure during the struggle known as our American Civil War. Meet an interpreter from Historic Washington State Park, either in first or third person, as you learn and appreciate the many daily obstacles to a soldier's morale and health during war. $100

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"Robbers, Rattlers, and Glass Slippers"-- Stories That Have to be Told!

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORIC WASHINGTON STATE PARK

Certain stories seem to move with people across place and time. Have you ever wondered why? There is just something about them that bears repeating to others. Join a storyteller at Historic Washington State Park as you explore certain stories that came across oceans to America and then moved across its landscape. The stories related will be examples told by citizens of Washington, Arkansas in the nineteenth century. Although told locally here in Arkansas, you'll definitely recognize them as being very similar to stories from your area. Stories like these are being repeated even today $100

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Finding the "Real" Pocahontas

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORY CONNECTS

The study of Pocahontas is an excellent exercise testing the strength of primary versus secondary sources. Factually we know very little about Pocahontas. These facts are often interwoven with myth and legend surrounding her life. Depictions of Pocahontas throughout time can reveal as much about the time they were created as they do about the Indian "princess". $125

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John Robertson Maben & the Search for California Gold!

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORY CONNECTS

In 1849, John Robertson Maben traveled to California in search of gold. In a series of thirteen letters, Maben describes his travels to his wife, Sarah. These letters are especially vivid as Maben was witness to events both momentous and mundane. He wrote of the cholera epidemic of 1849, the great St. Louis fire that same year, and the excitement and brutality of the California gold fields. In this program, students will join Maben on his journey, interpreting his letters, tracing his travels on a nineteenth-century map, and examining the landscape. $125

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Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORY CONNECTS

Using primary sources as well as replica artifacts created by Mattaponi Indians, students will learn about what life was like for Woodland Indians by examining the Algonquian speaking Powhatans in Virginia before the first English settlers made it their home. $125

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Rebuilding America: Reconstruction and Jim Crow

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORY CONNECTS

After the Civil War, Virginians eagerly embraced economic development and technological change while resisting political and social change. Indeed, as Virginia moved forward in many ways and living standards improved, society was rigidly segregated by race. This program examines the ways in which Virginians and other former Confederates dealt with rebuilding and reunification after the Civil War. Particular attention is paid to the impacts of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, the origins of Jim Crow, and other steps taken to disenfranchise African Americans and poor whites. $125.00

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The Civil War: An American Turning Point

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORY CONNECTS

From 1861 to 1865 the country was in a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the Civil War. $125

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The Making of America: Expansion, Reform, & the Westward Movement

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORY CONNECTS

While Virginia was establishing her claim to being “the Mother of Presidents”, nearly a million Virginians left the state between the Revolutionary and American Civil wars. This program examines the contributions of Virginians to the new Republic (Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc) as well as the nineteenth-century movement of Virginians to the West and their contributions to settling the American frontier. Using primary sources from Virginians who traveled west, along with reproductions of objects that might have been found on a settler's Conestoga wagon, students interpret the great migration from Virginia in the decades before the Civil War. This program also looks at the movement of African Americans during the time period, both via slave trade and the Underground Railroad $125

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The Pursuit of Liberty: the Revolutionary War and the Founding of America

(HISTORY) Offered by: HISTORY CONNECTS

Virginians played an essential role in the creation of the new American nation. From actions during and following the American Revolution to ideas and documents that established the new country, Virginians were involved at every point. During this program students will learn more about the lives of Virginia's founding fathers, such as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Mason, while also examining some of the most important documents in American history: the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the United States Constitution $125

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Talk with one of our 30 Holocaust survivors and liberators

(HISTORY) Offered by: HOLOCAUST AWARENESS MUSEUM

The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. The study of the Holocaust provides us with one of the most effective ways to work with students to examine basic moral issues and value systems. What are the lessons of the Holocaust for us today? This Skype field trip will take you to the Holocaust Awareness Museum and meet actual Holocaust survivors and/or liberators.

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A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

(HISTORY) Offered by: HOMESTEAD NATIONAL MONUMENT OF AMERICA

The Homestead Act had a huge impact on the United States. In this virtual lesson a Park Ranger will examine what types of homes homesteaders built on the prairie, what the inside of their homes looked like and what their daily chores would have been. Free

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Follow the Buffalo

(HISTORY) Offered by: HOMESTEAD NATIONAL MONUMENT OF AMERICA

Examine the use of land for survival and the importance of the buffalo to Plains Indians.

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The Homestead Act of 1862

(HISTORY) Offered by: HOMESTEAD NATIONAL MONUMENT OF AMERICA

The Homestead Act of 1862 impacted the United States in numerous ways. In this virtual lesson a Park Ranger will talk about how the Homestead Act of 1862 populated the west and the needs of those settling. Discussion includes how the United States acquired the land given away and the specific requirements to claim one's free land. Free

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Baikonur and the Soviet Space Race

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This program attempts to fill in the gaps in our understanding of the Space Race, as seen from the other side: namely, the Soviet Union. We look at both their successes and failures, as well as the modern reality of the Russian space program being located in the independent country of Kazakhstan.

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Central Asian Architecture

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This presentation provides an overview of architectural history in Central Asia and parts of the Islamic World along the famous Silk Road. We will discuss both artistic aspects of Islamic architectural design, as well as the geographic and historical context of their construction. We will end the presentation with a look at contemporary architecture in the modern-day countries of Central Asia.

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Environment and Culture of Tibet: Continuity and Change

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This program uses the example of Tibet to explore how physical geography, environment and biodiversity influences peoples' livelihoods and culture, and how this is changing in recent times with urbanization and development.

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Environment and Culture of Tibet: Continuity and Change

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This program uses the example of Tibet to explore how physical geography, environment and biodiversity influences peoples' livelihoods and culture, and how this is changing in recent times with urbanization and development.

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History of the Silk Road

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This program deals specifically with the Silk Road: where it ran, how it came to be named, who traveled it, its importance in World History, and what it can teach us about world trade today.

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Mining and Sustainability in Central Asia

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This program discusses the importance of mining and how different mineral and energy sources from Central Asia are used around the world, even in the U.S. An important part of the mining cycle is then considering the impact that international businesses and national governments have on local communities and how we can make mining more sustainable over time.

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Music of the Silk Road

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This program features a brief overview of the Silk Road before delving into a survey of music and instruments found on the Silk Road. Includes sound of many of the individual instruments showcased.

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Other Worlds of Architecture

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This presentation provides an overview of architectural history in Central Asia and parts of the Islamic World along the famous Silk Road. We will discuss both artistic aspects of Islamic architectural design, as well as the geographic and historical context of their construction. We will end the presentation with a look at contemporary architecture in the modern-day countries along the Silk Road.

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The Aral Sea and Central Asian Ecological Problems

(HISTORY) Offered by: INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

This program deals specifically with the Aral Sea, arguably the greatest ecological disaster in the history of the world. Participants are walked through its case from its beginnings in Ancient History, through the Middle Ages, to the days of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the end for the sea.

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Europe: Immigrants and Immigration

(HISTORY) Offered by: INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES

This presentation will give an overview of immigration to, from, and within the European continent, with a particular focus on trans-European migration. It will discuss some of the big issues of immigration in Europe and discuss possible solutions.

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Modern Manarchy

(HISTORY) Offered by: INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES

"The Modern Monarchy" is designed to explore the history and current role of the British Monarchy. For more than a millennium, the kings and queens of England have shaped British, and world, history. This course examines the lives of these rulers. Particular focus is placed on the constitutional, military, and social role of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth, and her family.

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Scottish Referendum and the Consequences of Independence

(HISTORY) Offered by: INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES

This program emphasizes the history, current events, and future implications of a Scottish independence movement.

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Knife River

(HISTORY) Offered by: KNIFE RIVER INDIAN VILLAGES NATIONAL MONUMENT

Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750. Just because you can't visit Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site doesn't mean you can't experience it! Knife River Indian Villages NHS offers distance-learning programs via the Internet.

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Congress Past & Present: Searching the Early Congressional Documents and Congress.gov

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Overview of online holdings and search strategies for congressional records and legislation from 1774-1875 and 1973 to the current congress.

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Gathering Community Stories

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

[In collaboration with the American Folklife Center] Gain a unique perspective on your community's history and cultural identity by gathering oral history interviews. This workshop introduces the layperson to the process of collecting oral histories and focuses on a critical phase of the process, the interview.

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Invisible Ancestors: Ideas & Strategies for Recreating Their Stories

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

[In collaboration with the Local History & Genealogy Reading Room] Many ancestors -- early immigrants and pioneers, slaves, women, native peoples, and others -- do not have compiled biographies and are invisible in the historical record, except through the census or other data collection entities. Learn ideas and strategies for recreating their life stories from the Library's online and physical collections of early travelogues, letters, diaries, other texts and printed ephemera, photographs, other visual media, and maps.

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Jumpstarts to Research

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

One-hour programs providing an overview of multimedia resources and research strategies on various topics such as:


-African American Materials in the Digital Collections
-Local History and Genealogy
-Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress
-Music and Dance in American History
-Presidential Papers at the Library of Congress
-Women

(Note: Other topics may be requested.)

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Laurels and Lyrics: Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress Web site is a rich resource for poetry lovers. This program introduces the Library's many poetry offerings -- including web guides on U.S. poets laureate, webcasts of poetry readings, exhibits on famous poets, and, of course, poems themselves -- to educators and members of the general public wishing to explore American poetry and its presence in everyday life.

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Library of Congress: Jefferson's Legacy to the Nation

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Presentation on the history of the Library of Congress

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Maps As Historical Evidence

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

[In collaboration with the Geography and Map Division] Maps are windows to the cultural, political, and physical world around us. They capture a space in time and define it according to parameters set by the mapmaker for an intended audience. Learn to explore historical maps and discover the surprises they yield.

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Orientation to the Digital Library: Introducing loc.gov

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Introduction to content areas and search systems on the Web site; includes demonstrations of the various search systems and multimedia content.

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Orientation to the Digital Library: Searching loc.gov

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Demonstration of the characteristics of the various Library of Congress search systems and advanced search strategies to take advantage of these characteristics.

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The Internet: Fact or Fiction; Web Site Evaluation Strategies

(HISTORY) Offered by: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Learn to examine web sites and create evaluation criteria that make the World Wide Web the research tool it can be.

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Emancipation Proclamation: Liberty, Leadership & Legacy

(HISTORY) Offered by: MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The word of the day is "controversy." Students discuss the issue of slavery in 19th-century America—the most contentious topic of that time. Through surprise visits from historical characters, they learn about the efforts of ordinary citizens to free enslaved ones; and they delve into the inner "controversies" of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to craft the Emancipation Proclamation. Then students weigh in on whether the implied promises of that much-debated document have been fulfilled. $120.00

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Minuteman

(HISTORY) Offered by: MINUTEMAN MISSILE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Here you will find remnants of the Cold War, including an underground launch control center and a missile silo. Minuteman missiles held the power to destroy civilization. Yet the same destructive force acted as a deterrent which kept the peace for three decades. At Minuteman Missile it is possible to revisit the Cold War and learn how nuclear war came to haunt the world. Note: Only offered November 1-April 1

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Presidential Powers

(HISTORY) Offered by: NATIONAL ARCHIVES - FT. WORTH

The participants understand the challenges confronted by the government and its leaders in the early years of the Republic. (G) analyze federal and state Indian policies and the removal and resettlement of Cherokee Indians during the Jacksonian era. (8.16) Government. The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other important historic documents. (D) analyze how the U.S. Constitution reflects the principles of limited government, republicanism, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights.

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor a Day that Lives in Infamy

(HISTORY) Offered by: NATIONAL ARCHIVES - FT. WORTH

Did you know that you can find records relating to the attack on Pearl Harbor in Fort Worth, Texas? During this interactive lesson students will analyze primary source documents from the National Archives including war diaries and photographs. MOST SITES WILL BE VIEW ONLY!

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Australian Inventions and Innovations

(HISTORY) Offered by: NATIONAL MUSEUM AUSTRALIA

The Australian Inventions and Innovations program explores the ingenuity and achievements of Australian inventors and innovators, from the earliest times of human occupation to the present day. This interactive program asks participants to identify a mystery invention and spot the alien invader, while considering reasons for inventions and innovations in an Australian context.

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Talk to an Ossie

(HISTORY) Offered by: NATIONAL MUSEUM AUSTRALIA

1. We introduce the program with a discussion on the time zone and temperature differences between our two locations. This leads to a discussion on Australia's location relative to your class and why Australia's land mass is situated in the Pacific.
2. We then cover Australia's general geography, from the Great Dividing Range and coral reef through to it's semi-arid desert, alpine areas and temperature regions.
3. We then look at the arrival of indigenous people to Australia and their stewardship of the environment. This leads onto a brief discussion of 'bush tucker' foods used by Australian aboriginals in the Sydney area.
4. The program moves on to discuss the arrival of Europeans. We discuss modern Australia's initial convict history and then move onto how agriculture and mining transformed the colony
5. On Federation Australia became a unified nation of 6 States and 5 Territories under the Constitution in 1901. We discuss the remaining ties to England and how the political system operates.
6. We discuss the money used in Australia and how counterfeiting is stopped with modern technology.
7. We discuss general culture; food and language i.e. what is it like to live in Australia?

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A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

(HISTORY) Offered by: NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE

The Homestead Act had a huge impact on the United States. In this lesson Park Rangers will examine what types of homes homesteaders built on the prairie, what the inside of their homes looked like and what their daily chores would have been. A brief discussion about the affects of the Homestead Act will also take place.

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Baseball & Black History: Live from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

(HISTORY) Offered by: NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM

Baseball & Black History: Live from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with Dr. Raymond Doswell, Vice President of Curatorial Services (NLBM)
No Programming during the summer, programs will resume Fall 2015 Join museum curator Raymond Doswell as he introduces African American history through the lens of "America's Pastime," baseball, from the end of the Civil War through the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Viewers will enjoy short film clips, photographs, artwork, and brief scenes from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc. in Kansas City, MO.

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Discover NEHGS: Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Can Help

(HISTORY) Offered by: NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest and largest non-profit society of its kind in the country. Founded in 1845, we strive to educate, inspire, and connect people through their family history discovery. And even though New England is in our name, we have resources—both online and at our library—and experts in nearly aspects and areas of family history research. Learn how we can help you explore your ancestry!

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Getting Started in Genealogy

(HISTORY) Offered by: NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Genealogy is one of the most valuable pursuits you can participate in—learning about who you are, where you come from, and “meeting” the thousands of people who came before you, can be a rewarding and even life-changing experience. But, how do you get started? Let the New England Historic Genealogical Society guide you through the first steps of family history exploration and gain valuable tips on how to collect, record, and share your data.

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Buffalo Soldiers: Defenders of the West

(HISTORY) Offered by: PANHANDLE PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Buffalo Soldiers played an important role in settling the Panhandle-Plains Region in the years after the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldier Calvary and Infantry divisions were responsible for patrolling the frontier for Indians, building roads and telegraph lines, law enforcement, preventing cattle rustling, escorting mail parties and other civil and military tasks.

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In The News: Dinomite Dinosaurs

(HISTORY) Offered by: PANHANDLE PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Many people are surprised to learn that the Texas Panhandle was once a marshy area, and our exhibit features a world-class emphasis on locally discovered reptiles and amphibians from the Late Triassic era (225-200 million years ago) and mammals from the Late Cenozoic era (10-1 million years ago). Join us as we also discuss what a paleontologist does and what may have happened to the dinosaurs.

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Promoting World Peace & Friendship: The Peace Corps Experience

(HISTORY) Offered by: PEACE CORP

Want to meet a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer?Learn about other cultures, as experienced by these volunteers. Learn about this organization and institution which began in 1960 and continues to offer post-college opportunities for American citizens.

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The Tour of Pennsbury Manor

(HISTORY) Offered by: PENNSBURY MANOR

Learn about William Penn, the founding of Pennsylvania, and everyday life in the late 17th century during this informative and interactive program. Students participate in a fun activity involving authentic 17th century remedies for everyday illnesses and injuries, and in another activity, students discover just how long it takes to get a letter from Pennsbury Manor across the Atlantic Ocean in William Penn's time.

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China Arts & Culture Tour

(HISTORY) Offered by: ROAD SCHOLAR

In September 2014 ten docents from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City went on an art-focused tour of China, sponsored by Road Scholar. Elizabeth Darr, the lead docent on the tour, will give three talks about their trip. Each talk is 45 -- 60 minutes.
1. Beijing Highlights: The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall.
2. Buddhist Temple Grottoes: From early times Buddhist figures were carved directly into rock outcroppings and brightly painted. A Buddhist temple in Beijing holds special meaning for the docents.
3. Ancient Chinese Burial Customs from 1500 BCE to 700 CE: Shang and Zhou bronze vessels, Terra Cotta Warriors, Luoyang Ancient Tomb Museum.

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Timeless Totems: A Carved History of the Alaskan Coast

(HISTORY) Offered by: SITKA NATIONAL PARK AND MONUMENT

On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a watershed battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.adi Tlingit; park visitors are awed by the Tlingit and Haida totem poles standing along the park's scenic coastal trail; and the restored Russian Bishop's House speak of Russia's little known colonial legacy in North America.

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Making the Past Present: A Living History with Educator and Musician, Scott Garbe

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM

October 16th 10 am (CST) What do music, drama, Canada and the band The Cowboy Junkies have to do with the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza? Find out when Scott Garbe, our special Living History guest, shares how President Kennedy influenced him growing up, and how a visit to The Sixth Floor Museum inspired him to write an entire album about the Kennedy Assassination from different people's points of view. (Mr. Garbe is a high school Drama and English teacher in Canada.)

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Marketing the Candidates: Objects from the 1960 & 1964 Campaigns

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM

Special Program November 6 at 9:00 am How did people advertise their choice of Presidential candidate in the early 1960's and how has that changed in the past 50+ years? Connect with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza as the Curator of Collections and Educator share some recent acquisitions from the 1960 and 1964 election years, and discuss how these two campaigns were pivotal in 20th Century history and politics! Collections include pins, flyers, and other objects from both elections, as well as photographs from the Museum's collections.

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Early Life and Times

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

This video conference will focus on the early life of Presidents Harry Truman from his birth in Lamar MO, to his life as a farmer. Presented are the influential foundations that help for his political life in Kansas City and his Presidency. - 1 hour -

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Live Tour of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

Mark Adams, the Education Director at the Truman Library will share stories and artifacts as he walks around the office and museum. A rare opportunity you don't want to miss.

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Presidency

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

Harry Truman the President of the United States, how did shape the highest office of the land. What were the successes and failures of his Presidency and how has history viewed his administration since his death. -- 1 hour --

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Truman and Civil Rights

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

The Truman Presidency was instrumental in the desegregation of the US Military. What was the role of Truman in expanding Civil Rights under his administration?

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Truman and the Berlin Airlift

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

One of the pivotal issues that emerged after the end of WWII was that Berlin became a surrounded city. How did deal with this international problem and lead the US in the Berlin Airlift.

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A Victorian Experience: A Tour of the Tinker Swiss Cottage

(HISTORY) Offered by: TINKER SWISS COTTAGE MUSEUM & GARDENS

Take a tour of the Tinker family home, which was left to the Rockford Park District. Filled with original furnishings, artwork, diaries, clothing and household items, the Cottage is a rich time capsule of life during the Victorian Era. The Cottage is also one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States.

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FREE! 100 Years Ago: An Exploration of America’s Role in WWI

(HISTORY) Offered by: U.S. ARMY WOMENS MUSEUM

On April 1917, the United States ended isolationism and entered a war it had been avoiding for years. With the President Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war, over 4 million “doughboys” volunteered or were drafted for service in the U.S. Army. In addition, thousands of women answered the call to serve – providing skilled labor both at home and abroad. Learn about these patriots by exploring artifacts and archives from the U.S. Army Women’s Museum collection.

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Island of Integration: The Desegregation of the U.S. Army

(HISTORY) Offered by: U.S. ARMY WOMENS MUSEUM

As our nation fought abroad in WWII, the stirrings of another fight were beginning at home. Follow the journey of African American men and women as desegregation begins in the U.S. Army. Witness the history being made at home and abroad by examining original photographs, documents, newspapers, and artifacts.

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Where in the World Were They? American Women in WWII

(HISTORY) Offered by: U.S. ARMY WOMENS MUSEUM

Answering the call of a nation in need, American women step forward during World War II to fill an array of jobs. From factory workers to uniformed military members, these brave American women help win the war and usher in new economic and social changes that will forever alter the role of women in American society. The U.S. Army Women’s Museum will lead your students through archive analysis that reveals the scope and breadth of women’s service at home and abroad. They will hear the voices, feel the emotions, and examine the human dimensions of this massive cultural shift in our nation. Get ready to dig deep, put the pieces together, and circle the globe with American women in World War II.

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The Things They Carried: Vietnam Memorial Collection

(HISTORY) Offered by: VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

Learn about the Vietnam War, discuss questions of war and peace, and view objects left in remembrance at the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall since 1982. From swords to draft cards, these objects represent the range of experiences citizens had during a divisive time in US history.

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The Wonders of Yellowstone

(HISTORY) Offered by: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

The world's first national park has more geysers than anywhere else in the world, iconic and charismatic fauna, plants that rely on fire to reproduce, and many other secrets that make it a place of wonder! In this program, participants discover the interwoven nature of the park's ecology, geology, and human history.

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Live Hike

(SCIENCE) Offered by: CHANNEL ISLANDS

The Live Hike is a 30-minute live, interactive education program that connects participants with national park rangers to learn about the natural and cultural resources found on these remote California islands.

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Biofuels: Hands-On Exploration of Alternative Energy Options

(SCIENCE) Offered by: CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM

The participant will compare and contrast fuel types. The participant will model the process of ocean acidification. The participant will develop an appreciation for the use of corn in our products. The participant will model the cell wall of both corn and switchgrass.

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Live from the International Space Station

(SCIENCE) Offered by: DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

Thursday, October 29, 2015 During this live video link with the International Space Station, students will get their questions answered in real time by NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren. Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

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Rediscovering Magic Mountain

(SCIENCE) Offered by: DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

Scientists in Action connects participants with scientists while they are in their field site or research lab. Sometimes amazing discoveries are just waiting to be unearthed. Join archaeologist Dr. Michele Koons in the field as she explores Magic Mountain, one of the most important archaeological sites on Colorado’s Front Range. Excavated twice in the past century, the earliest artifacts found date back to 5000 BC. However, very little is known about the people who once lived there. Using Museum collections and modern archaeological techniques such as ground penetrating radar, Dr. Koons is working to unravel this ancient mystery. Dr. Koons will broadcast from Magic Mountain as she prepares to lead an archaeological team this summer that will search for more scientific clues about what life might have been like in Colorado long ago.

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Rocketing Into Space

(SCIENCE) Offered by: DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Thursday, December 10, 2015 We'll broadcast live from the ULA "rocket factory" to connect you with engineers, scientists and other personnel involved in the space program.

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Ask a Ranger

(SCIENCE) Offered by: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Participants prepare thoughtful questions ahead of time and spend a half hour with a ranger discussing Grand Canyon ecology, geology and human history. -- 30 minutes --

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Canyon Connections

(SCIENCE) Offered by: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

This program focuses on animal and plant adaptations while introducing some of the amazing creatures that call Grand Canyon home. Participants learn about the five diverse ecosystems found at Grand Canyon and the unique interrelationships found within them. -- 60 minutes --

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Layers in Time

(SCIENCE) Offered by: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Participants learn the geologic story of Grand Canyon by focusing on principles of deposition, plate tectonics, down-cutting and erosion. This distance-learning program connects participants to past environments, the Colorado Plateau, and the powerful force of the Colorado River. -- 60 minutes --

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5 Programs to Choose From

(SCIENCE) Offered by: INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER

Program costs $75

See live wolves in their natural habitats while experts engage you in discussion.

Programs:
Pup 101
Wolf Ecology
Wolf 101
Wolf Tales
Wolf Research

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Electricity

(SCIENCE) Offered by: LEARNNCO

“Electricity” reminds us of anything plugged into an electrical outlet in order to make it work. Lights, refrigerators, video games, microwaves, and computers all use Electricity to perform work. Students will explore how electricity works and is used to provide human beings with energy. 180

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Energy

(SCIENCE) Offered by: LEARNNCO

Energy is the ability to do work or move an object. It exists in many forms. The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can not be created or destroyed but can be transferred from one form into another. This ability to transfer Energy allows humans to use energy in our homes for different functions. 180.00

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Forces and Motion

(SCIENCE) Offered by: LEARNNCO

Without forces and motion, everything would be stuck in the same place. Earth wouldn't travel around the sun and the hands of a clock would stand still. The Forces and Motion program will challenge students to investigate the effects of force on the motion of objects. 180.00

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Matter Matters

(SCIENCE) Offered by: LEARNNCO

Matter is all around you. Matter is the "stuff" comprising every object that has mass. Students explore the types of matter, physical and chemical properties of matter, and physical and chemical changes of matter. 180.00

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Weather Science

(SCIENCE) Offered by: LEARNNCO

Weather is a part of everyday life and can affect little things such as your choice of clothes or activities. Students examine weather -- the conditions of the atmosphere such as temperature, precipitation, wind, and clouds — in an effort to predict weather. 180.00

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Wolflink

(SCIENCE) Offered by: MINNESOTA WOLFLINK – INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER

See live wolves in their natural habitats while experts engage you in discussion. (This program is dependent on funding. Check for future availability.)

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Free #Shark Days

(SCIENCE) Offered by: MOTE MARINE LABORATORY -- SEATREK.TV

This program is a live, two-way interactive program focused on shark behavior research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Participants will learn how and why Mote Marine Laboratory studies these animals. Participants will discuss shark research at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Participants will discover why sharks are important to the ocean ecosystem and what humans can do to help conserve and protect sharks. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions with our Ocean Experts. 

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ScienceCast Currents: Homo Naledi

(SCIENCE) Offered by: PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

November 11 10:00 CST Free This episode will discuss the amazing discovery that is sending shockwaves throughout the scientific community. Discover how it influences what we know about our family tree!

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ScienceCast: Cycles, and Storms on Winter Weather and El Nino

(SCIENCE) Offered by: PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

November 4, 1:00 pm Central We will explore weather and meteorology from the Rees-Jones Dynamic Earth Hall with the Fox 4 Meteorology team! This session will discuss El Nino and the impact this storm system will have on our weather outlook.

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ScienceCast: Cycles, and Storms on Winter Weather and El Nino

(SCIENCE) Offered by: PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

November 4, 1:00 pm Central We will explore weather and meteorology from the Rees-Jones Dynamic Earth Hall with the Fox 4 Meteorology team! This session will discuss El Nino and the impact this storm system will have on our weather outlook.

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Star Wars in the Milky Way

(SCIENCE) Offered by: PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

April 13, 2016 10AM Made up of over 400 Billion stars, the Milky Way Galaxy is a Huge place! Tanks to recent images from the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have recently revealed a beautiful web of stars at the center of our cosmic neighborhood.

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Earth Day Celebration

(SCIENCE) Offered by: TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM

Special Program April 22, 2016 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM  Join the Texas State Aquarium as we celebrate our annual "Party for the Planet," the largest combined Earth Day event in North America! Learn how you can participate in environmentally friendly practices by going "green" and raise awareness about animal conservation.

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Life Journeys: Lessons from our Past for our World Today 

(SPIRIT) Offered by: SAUNDRA STERLING EPSTEIN

Welcome Sunnie and her new book! Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein (Sunnie) is a Jewish Educator who has been sharing the texts, teachings of her own faith, as well as those of Islam, Christianity, Eastern religions and cultural groupings such as the Native Americans and other tribal communities for over 40 years.  Sunnie believes that while religion and specific belief systems too often evoke negative feelings in our world, the belief systems we hold dear are central to our humanity and in fact ask the best from us if we are intentionally listening.

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Telemedicine for Seniors

(WELL) Offered by: BRUCE WATKINS

Explore the fields of medicine that now are available by internet access

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