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Study History and Culture

Local and world history and current events courses.

Classes for Study History/Culture - Spokane

SPRING 2021

American History: 17th Century America Class # 19411 Cost: $50
Location: Online Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Dates: 4/8/21 - 5/27/21   
Instructor: Chester Caskey Days: Th
After disastrous failed attempts by the French, Spanish and English to colonize Central North America in the 16th Century, the European Thirty Years War, Swedish Empire, English Civil War, Anglo-Dutch Wars, religious persecution, witchcraft, Gold Fever, Demon Tobacco, Slavery, Native American Beaver Wars, and the Golden Age of Piracy all combined, for different reasons, to make the wilderness of what would become the United States very attractive for colonists in the 17th Century despite violent opposition by Indians, disease, starvation, religious intolerance and internecine colonial fighting. 17th Century America was a violent, parochial, racist and patently un-romantic place to fight for survival, but intensely interesting and with lasting overtones that still mark many of the American Empire¿s myths, politics and social conflicts today. The 17th Century was one of the most interesting periods in American History, but don¿t we say that for every century of this wild 500-year American experience? Join us for two-hour classes on Thursday mornings via zoom..
Celebrating Spokane in Spring: A Very Special Place Class # 19409 Cost: $30
Location: Online Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Dates: 5/5/21 - 5/26/21   
Instructor: Richard Sola Days: We
This innovative new class combines 4 on-line classes with optional short self-guided trips that focus on the unique place that we call home- Spokane and the Inland Empire. We will explore the unknown, the unusual and the off-the-beaten track history, people, and environments that are in and around Spokane. Spring is a great time to get out, enjoy and celebrate what makes our region so special. The trips are designed for enjoyment, learning and ease of access. The classes provide the background information to make the trips interesting to those new to the area as well as life-long Spokanites..
Celebrating Spokane in Spring: A Very Special Place Class # 21302 Cost: $30
Location: Online Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Dates: 5/11/21 - 6/1/21   
Instructor: Richard Sola Days: Tu
This innovative new class combines 4 on-line classes with optional short self-guided trips that focus on the unique place that we call home- Spokane and the Inland Empire. We will explore the unknown, the unusual and the off-the-beaten track history, people, and environments that are in and around Spokane. Spring is a great time to get out, enjoy and celebrate what makes our region so special. The trips are designed for enjoyment, learning and ease of access. The classes provide the background information to make the trips interesting to those new to the area as well as life-long Spokanites..
Lewis and Clark Expedition: Spring 2021 Class # 19414 Cost: $60
Location: Online Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Dates: 4/12/21 - 6/7/21   
Instructor: Don Popejoy Days: Mo
Trace the exact route of the Expedition on a day-to-day basis and stop and discuss all the features that they saw and described in their journals; using their exact words, expressions, and emotions.  .
Nez Perce War of 1877 Class # 20132 Cost: $66
Location: Online Time: 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM Dates: 4/14/21 - 6/9/21   
Instructor: Don Popejoy Days: We
Follow the Nez Perce as they flee from the United States Army to seek sanctuary with the Crow Indians in Montana, then towards Canada. We will study maps and follow the day-to-day experience of the Nez Perce and the US Army.    .
Peoples Law School: History, Function, and Roles of Political Parties in the U.S. Class # 19415 Cost: $37
Location: Online Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Dates: 4/29/21 - 6/3/21   
Instructor: Chester Caskey Days: Th
This course is next in an on-going series of classes addressing the various laws and legal customs of the United States from the U.S. Constitution, Federal Law and branches of government to the elements of a binding contract, wills and Ordinances of the City of Spokane. Participation of the past courses is not a pre-requisite nor necessary for full enjoyment of this class. President George Washington famously warned against the formation of political parties, which were nonetheless forming as early as his own second term in office. From the Federalist and Democratic-Republican Parties of the 18th Century, through a variety of political movements, to the present-day, this course will consider the history, role, and functions of the American one, two, and three-party eras along with the multiplicity of special interest political parties and compare America¿s unusual winner-take-all two-party system of democracy to other multi-party proportional systems of government in the world. This is an enjoyable and engaging class and discussion held online via zoom on Thursday afternoons..
Spokane History Reading Group: Visible Bones by Jack Nisbet Class # 21301 Cost: $37
Location: Online Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Dates: 4/5/21 - 5/3/21   
Instructor: Richard Sola Days: Mo
Join the Spokane History Reading Group exploration of Spokane and the Inland Empire as it reads Jack Nisbet¿s Visible Bones-Journeys Across Time in the Columbia River Country (2003). Award-winning writer Nisbet explores the melding of natural and human history in the Columbia River by creatively pulling together materials from a wide range of sources: ship logs, news accounts, artwork, tribal members, pioneer descendants, working scientists and more. You can expect lively discussions, lots of supplemental materials and suggestions for self-guided day trips to complement the book. Please have a copy of the book by the second class..
Spokane History Reading Group: Visible Bones by Jack Nisbet Class # 19408 Cost: $37
Location: Online Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Dates: 4/6/21 - 5/4/21   
Instructor: Richard Sola Days: Tu
Join the Spokane History Reading Group exploration of Spokane and the Inland Empire as it reads Jack Nisbet¿s Visible Bones-Journeys Across Time in the Columbia River Country (2003). Award-winning writer Nisbet explores the melding of natural and human history in the Columbia River by creatively pulling together materials from a wide range of sources: ship logs, news accounts, artwork, tribal members, pioneer descendants, working scientists and more. You can expect lively discussions, lots of supplemental materials and suggestions for self-guided day trips to complement the book. Please have a copy of the book by the second class..

SUMMER 2021 - no classes currently listed for this quarter