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Through the Lens of Erwin E. Smith

(ART) Offered by: AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Experience the lifestyle of a cowboy through the photographs of Texas-born Erwin E. Smith, and paintings and sculpture by western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. These primary sources tell the story of the American cowboy during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. This program is made possible by a grant from the Erwin E. Smith Foundation.

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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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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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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. Offered Monday through Friday from September through June on a flexible schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT. Programs are available from June through August on Tuesdays through Thursdays on a limited basis.

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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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Essential Oils in Health Care

(GROWTH) Offered by: ESSENTIAL OILS W/ ZANDI

Have you heard the term Essential Oils? What is this amazing life-changing substance? Are you new to essential oils? Learn about: • What are essential oils? • Where do they come from? Why they are considered “the new medicine” and considered “God’s Medicine.” • How can they benefit you – life your mood, alleviate pain, boost your immune system • Testimonials to the life-changing benefits. Already know about essential oils…? Learn more • Why the quality of the oils are so important. • Safety tips and FAQ’s when using • How to utilize some basic oils in your everyday life Other Courses Taught: • Expanding and using oils for emotional health & stability • Alleviating pain with essential oils • Improving your immune system with essential oils • Detoxing your body and your home with essential oils • Cooking with essential oils

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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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Movement for All

(GROWTH) Offered by: MARCELLE RUDNICK

Nia - functional movement conditioning class for your whole body, from toes to fingers , using energizing music, 52 guided and structured moves and many more free, creative expressions. This class is designed for all levels of care. Try it! You'll like it! ---- Marcelle Rudnick has M.A. mainly in Education from Hebrew university in Jerusalem, Israel and a Black Belt in The Nia Technique. Marcelle's passion is to enhance daily health and love of life. FREE 

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The Heart of Aging with Wisdom Project

(GROWTH) Offered by: SAGE-ING INTERNATIONAL

Aging…it happens every day - sometimes even catching us by surprise and making us wonder where the time went. Aging well is something we can learn, a bit like crossing the street. We need to know when to look forward, when to look back, and what to look for along the way. Join us for a free webinar to learn about an inviting new opportunity, co-sponsored by Senior Learning Network (SLN) and Sage-ing International (SI), to engage the older adults you serve in ways that support their health and wellbeing. The Heart of Aging with Wisdom project, provides the preparation, tools and resources needed to explore the aging years in order to navigate the second half of life with greater understanding and purpose. Register for one of the dates to see if this program will benefit your older adults and add to the remarkable ways you are already supporting them. The one hour webinar will 1) orient you to sage-ing, 2) explain The Heart of Aging with Wisdom goals and benefits, 3) provide testimonies by SLN leaders, Lynne Beachner and/or Ellen Ervin. Webinar presenters are Sage-ing International's Education Coordinator and Tech-Webinar Coordinator, Rosemary Cox and Al Rider.

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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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Angel Island Immigration

(HISTORY) Offered by: CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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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Elephant Seals

(HISTORY) Offered by: CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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: CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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

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Redwood Ecology

(HISTORY) Offered by: CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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: CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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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Tide Pools

(HISTORY) Offered by: CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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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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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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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Climate Connections: Climate Science in Focus

(HISTORY) Offered by: DEVIL'S POSTPILE NATIONAL MONUMENT

In “Climate Science in Focus (Climate Connections),”participants have a chance to learn about local climate change studies happening at the National Monument through a virtual visit.

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Early Life of Walt Disney

(HISTORY) Offered by: DISNEY HOME TOWN MUSEUM

A one time program on the early life of Walt Disney spent in Marcelline MO NOTE One time Program!!!

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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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"They Fought Like Tigers" African American and American Indian Soldiers

(HISTORY) Offered by: FORT SCOTT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Fort Scott was the base for one of the most diverse assemblies of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Significant numbers of African Americans and American Indians were recruited in this area.

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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

Learn about the life of Eleanor Roosevelt..very interesting first lady!

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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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Celebrate Presidents Day with Abraham Lincoln by John Mansfield

(HISTORY) Offered by: GEORGE H. W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM (4

Special One Time Program February 19, 2018 Times: 10:30 & 12:30 Come to hear Lincoln's stories of his boyhood and the struggles of him as a young man trying to chart the course of his life. You will learn how he ended up charting the course of a nation during the most costly civil war this nation has ever known. Join this memorable presentation with an award winning Abraham Lincoln presenter. Born 40 miles from Lincolns birthplace and attending a one room schoolhouse John Mansfield delivers an authentic and historic program.

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Hank the Cowdog's Ranch Life Escapades of Cowboys and Horses, by John Erickson, Author

(HISTORY) Offered by: GEORGE H. W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM (4

Join us as Hank the Cowdog, the Head of Ranch Security, teaches in a fun way about cowboys and horses in a new ranch life book. Saddle up for some fun as everyone's favorite head of Ranch Security gives readers a glimpse into the world of horses and the life of a working cowboy. Hank’s vibrant author John Erickson will sing songs accompanying himself on the banjo and read from various books using the voices of the characters. Reading is exciting with Hank the Cowdog stories! Join us on this ranching life adventure!

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Nazi POW Camps in America

(HISTORY) Offered by: GEORGE H. W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM (4

Join us for a fascinating presentation by world renowned World War 2 expert Dr. Arnold Kramer. Dr. Kramer delivers fantastic insight about Nazi POW camps in America. Listen as he describes how the United States government detained nearly half a million Nazi Prisoners of War from 1942 through 1945. Krammer describes how, with no precedents upon which to form policy, America's handling of these foreign prisoners led to the hasty conversation of CCC camps, high school gyms, local fairgrounds, and race tracks to serve as holding areas. Join us afterwards for a Q&A session with Dr. Kramer!

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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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Wonders 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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Assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt

(HISTORY) Offered by: GLOBAL EDUCATION MOTIVATORS

Ella Torry served as the assistant to Eleanor the later years of her life. Ella is presenting for a one time video conference on February 13 at 1:00 Central. If you love Jeff Urbin for the FDR Library this is one more aspect of the famous First Lady.

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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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Christmas Tour

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

“Discover why the holiday season was an exceptionally festive time for Mr. Hearst and his guests. Share in the splendor as you wind your way through the grounds, Casa del Sol-guest house, and the grand social rooms of Casa Grande. This special seasonal tour showcases abundant holiday decorations with numerous Christmas trees, including two towering trees. View Mr. Hearst’s celebrated art collection in the warm glow of thousands of holiday lights. Your knowledgeable guide will share stories of holiday festivities during the estate’s heyday.”

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Hearst Castle Christmas Tour

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

“Discover why the holiday season was an exceptionally festive time for Mr. Hearst and his guests. Share in the splendor as you wind your way through the grounds, Casa del Sol-guest house, and the grand social rooms of Casa Grande. This special seasonal tour showcases abundant holiday decorations with numerous Christmas trees, including two towering trees. View Mr. Hearst’s celebrated art collection in the warm glow of thousands of holiday lights. Your knowledgeable guide will share stories of holiday festivities during the estate’s heyday.” http://hearstcastle.org/tour-hearst-castle/daily-tours/holiday-twilight-tour/

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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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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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Special Christmas focused tour of the main social rooms of Hearst Castle

(HISTORY) Offered by: HEARST CASTLE

Discover why the holiday season was an exceptionally festive time for Mr. Hearst and his guests. Share in the splendor as you wind your way through the grounds, Casa del Sol-guest house, and the grand social rooms of Casa Grande. This special seasonal tour showcases abundant holiday decorations with numerous Christmas trees, including two towering trees. View Mr. Hearst’s celebrated art collection in the warm glow of thousands of holiday lights. Your knowledgeable guide will share stories of holiday festivities during the estate’s heyday

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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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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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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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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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Innovations and Inventions: Science and Technology (Free) along the Silk Road

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

This program engages students to consider the many contributions to math, medicine, science and technology pioneered in Central Eurasia during the period known as the "middle ages." At the time, the silk road did more than just link Europe to Central Asia and other parts of the world - it brought Europeans many inventions and scientific breakthroughs from the far corners of the Islamic world. Many of remain important even 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 Inner Asia

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

This program features a brief overview the Inner Asian region before delving into a survey of music and instruments found today in various countries of the region. Includes music clips and sounds from many of the individual instruments showcased. PLEASE NOTE: This program does not include material related to China, and should not be understood to be focused on Chinese trade with Inner Asia or any other region of the world

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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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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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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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Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII

(HISTORY) Offered by: NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM

Special Program - February 22, 2018 at 9:00 am or 12:00 pm Discover fascinating stories of struggle, setbacks, triumphs, and heroism of individuals who changed history. Travel to California to learn about injustices in a segregated military at Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, the site of the deadliest munitions disaster during the war, and explore Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park to understand transitions and tensions in American defense factories.

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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) SPECIAL PROGRAM - January 9, 2018 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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Go To Kansas

(HISTORY) Offered by: NICODEMUS HISTORICAL SITE

Nicodemus was established in 1877 as formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky in organized colonies at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the "promised land" of Kansas. In this lesson a Park Ranger will discuss the historical role of the town of Nicodemus in during the Reconstruction period and the significance of the role African American played in the westward movement in the United States.

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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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A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation

(HISTORY) Offered by: SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

This presentation begins with an explanation of the Great Depression, its causes and events, and then describes life in that era. It then introduces The New Deal in a national context and explains the Civilian Conservation Corps as an example of New Deal programs.

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A Retreat Fit for a President

(HISTORY) Offered by: SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

This program covers the events leading up to the Great Depression and describes Hoover's approach to the crisis. Delve into the basis of Hoover's personal and political philosophies and take an in-depth look at how the camp itself reflects them.

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

(HISTORY) Offered by: THE 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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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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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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Military Helmets in World War 1

(HISTORY) Offered by: WOODROW WILSON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM

As military technology has evolved, so have the helmets used to protect troops. We will look at helmets used in World War l, from the British Mk.1 helmet used by the U.S. troops to the spiked Bavarian Picklhaube we will explore the design and function of headgear used. How did the design and materials used for these helmets influence the helmets worn in World War II? Join in as we explore the function and evolution of these helmets.

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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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Chat With A Ranger

(HISTORY) Offered by: ZION NATIONAL PARK

In this program, learn about Zion National Park, the park service, and the ranger themselves as they interact in live time with a uniformed ranger. After an introduction to the National Park Service emblem and meaning, the ranger will address questions from the participants, using props and presentations to share the ecology, wildlife, and history of Zion National Park. Zion National Park is one of 417 National Park Service areas. The National Park Service “conserves the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Park Rangers work at National Park sites to help protect these areas. There are different kinds of rangers who work at parks in a variety of positions that all work towards preserving and conserving the park. Zion National Park preserves an area of southwest Utah with massive sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and a unique array of plants and animals.

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Family Recipes

(OPENWIN) Offered by: KATHRYN MOORE

Special Offering January 24, 2018 1:00 pm Central  Join Kathryn as she remembers recipes her mother used to make. Share your favorite recipes from your youth with others in the audience. Kathryn Moore is a cookbook author from Plugged Into Cooking: The Electrified Cooks. FREE 

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Live Dive

(SCIENCE) Offered by: CHANNEL ISLANDS

Explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. Program emphasis is on the park's kelp forest inventory and monitoring program and the rationale for creation of marine protected areas (MPAs). Affects of human activities on kelp forests are also explored.

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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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Virtual Field Trip Demo the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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

This 30 minute session is an introduction and demonstration of videoconferencing technology and programs offered by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that can be customized to individual groups. Programs briefly covered include Scientists in Action, Virtual classes covering topics of the digestive system, circulatory system, respiratory system, and puberty as well as scientific illustration.

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Alaska: Biomes of the North

(SCIENCE) Offered by: GATES OF THE ARCTIC NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE

The National Park Service protects millions of acres of public lands in northern Alaska. These lands are part of the tundra and boreal forest (taiga) biomes. In this program, students will learn about these biomes with examples from two wild, remote national park units: Gates of the Arctic and Yukon-Charley Rivers. A National Park Service Ranger will present an overview of non-living factors that influence these extreme biomes and the living things that call them home.

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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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Glacier Detectives (FREE)

(SCIENCE) 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)

(SCIENCE) 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?

(SCIENCE) 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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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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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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Family Recipes

(WELL) Offered by: KATHY MOORE

Join Kathy as she remembers recipes her mother used to make. Share your favorite recipes from your youth with others in the audience. Kathy Moore is a cookbook author from Plugged Into Cooking: The Electrified Cooks.

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