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The Sixth Floor Museum
Monday 27 April 2015 at 10 am!

Sixth Floor Museum Allen Mondell has over 45 years of experience in television and film. He co-wrote, produced and directed the films seen in the permanent exhibition at The Sixth Floor Museum. He was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone at the time of the assassination. FREE

Join the Virtual Wisdom Tour – FREE 

A Virtual Tour to Collect Words of Wisdom

You don’t need to be a member to participate

Lynne Beachner, Co-founder of SLN

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!  I will compile a digital book that I will make available to participating centers. Your participants can email them to their families as a gift! Their lessons will be captured for others to enjoy! At the Senior Learning Network we feel it is important to honor all people! We’re excited about this project.  Let us know a good time to virtually visit your community by clicking HERE. See you soon, Lynne

Tech Talk

Learn about SLN and how the magic happens! April 15 at 2:00 pm CST, or May 21 at 10:00 am CST

The Museum presenter will share stories about inventors who created popular toys and how invention has played a major role in the growth of American economics. it is important to learn how to solve diverse problems, think creatively and share significant ideas. Invention can help them sort through these problems while experimenting with the creative process. Each program includes a fun and challenging brainstorming session to try and come up with new ideas for a toy or game that children would want to play with today. Customized to meet the need of the group. $175 (Will split the cost for more than one center).




Who Really Killed Kennedy?Monday, May 18 at 1pm.

Winona Friendship Center Robert Ries talks about his findings and his book: Who Really Killed Kennedy? In this session we will find out about the secret life of Lee Harvey Oswald We will explore the findings, facts, evidence and lack of evidence showing us that Lee Oswald did NOT kill JFK. FREE

Talk with an Aussie!

Hear all about life in Australia! April 20, or April 21


Participants 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. This program will feature a discussion about Pocahontas and the myths associated with her life. Much of what historians now know about her and the Indians we call “the Powhatans” is derived from English sources, as the Powhatans had no written language. $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

Founding Documents Virginians played an essential role in the creation of the new American nation. During this program participants 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 Statue for Religious Freedom, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the United States Constitution. $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

In 1763 Virginia stood as one of the central colonies in Great Britain’s empire.  Our understanding of freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the roles patriotic colonists played in establishing American independence.The audience will examine specific individuals and situations to promote an understanding of the Revolutionary experiences of many of our Founding Fathers. Famous Virginians such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Mason will be discussed as well as lesser known individuals like Anna Maria Lane and James Lafayette.  $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

Reform and the Westward Movement 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. John Robertson Maben and the Search for California Gold In 1849,  $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

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, participants will join Maben on his journey, interpreting his letters, tracing his travels on a nineteenth-century map, and examining the landscape.  $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

Virginia stood at the center of 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. This program will discuss various aspects of the Civil War, including life on the battlefield, life on the home front, the roles of medicine and technology in the Civil War, and the parts that African Americans, American Indians, women, and children played in the war.  $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

Sometime on September 17, 1862, Private Benjamin I. Scott of the 18th Virginia Infantry was killed at the battle of Antietam. However, his fate remained unknown as his body was one of almost 300,000 that remained unidentified in the Civil War. In this program, students will explore a mother’s agonizing search for her missing son as revealed in the letters of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Union General Joseph Hooker, and a number of other Union and Confederate officers as they tried to determine Private Scott’s fate. The story of Private Scott has been published recently in the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, This Republic of Suffering.   $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

Two years of fighting changed what the American Civil War was about. Beginning in 1863, the North no longer fought only to save the Union, but also to end slavery. Lincoln believed ending slavery was the only way to win the war and not have to fight again. This program focuses on an examination of political cartoons and paintings that highlight Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the end of slavery. Particular attention is paid to the role that enslaved African Americans played in their own emancipation. Through guided historical inquiry participants are introduced to political cartoons as primary sources.  $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

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.  $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

Using photographs and primary sources throughout the twentieth century, this program is designed to examine changes in Virginia’s society and politics. We will explore context clues from these photographs to develop an awareness of the changes that occurred across the commonwealth during the 1900s. Historical themes such as education, industrialization, urbanization, transportation, and the changing roles of women are explored. Participants will learn how World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War accelerated the integration of Virginia back into the national mainstream. $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

This program examines the African American experience in Virginia from the earliest sighting of Africans in Virginia in 1619, through the seventeenth century beginnings of enslavement to emancipation. In addition to the history of the institution, this program will bring a focus on African cultural traditions like music, family celebrations, and foodways; participants will learn some of the many African and African American responses to slavery, including Nat Turner’s rebellion, the Underground Railroad, and John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry.  $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)

Emancipation and the end of the Civil War brought promises of equality for African Americans in Virginia and throughout the South. It took the better part of a century for those promises to begin to be realized. This program will identify and examine the effects of segregation and “Jim Crow” on life in Virginia for whites, African Americans, and American Indians. Participants will also discuss the social and political events in Virginia linked to desegregation and Massive Resistance and their relationship to national history. $100 (up to 4 centers @ $25 each)