Early American history through objects

The hands-on American History class offered by Marian University at the Fond du Lac Public Library continues at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in February with a trip through the earliest days of our nation’s history.

A variety of items will be on hand to illustrate the lessons in History of America from 1400 to 1865 in Objects and Artifacts. All classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required. The February class lineup:

February 5: Pre-contact to Contact: American Indian Artifacts of Material Culture

February 12: First Contact: Roanoke, Jamestown and the Pilgrim Century

February 19: 17th Century Furnishings: The History and Evolution of Styles

February 26: Lifestyle and the Evolving Material Culture in Colonial America, Part 1

The class is taught by Marian Assoc. Professor Rick Whaley and local historian Herman Bender. The items on display, from Bender’s collection, illustrate America’s history through textiles, furniture, ceramics, print, household accessories and trade goods.

Classes run through April 30 but take a spring break. During that time, Whaley and Bender will lead the Historic Triangle Tour, a history-dense nine-day trip – open to students and the public – to Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestown, Yorktown Victory Center and Yorktown Battlefield, the Gettysburg Battlefield and the French and Indian War site Fort Ligonier in Pennsylvania. Information about the trip, expenses and registration, is available at the library's Help Desk or at the weekly classes.

In the photo: This trade-bead necklace, from 350 to 400 years old, was used in America's early fur trade. It's made of white Dutch Dogon and blue-twist glass beads. The Hudson Bay Co. iron ax head is 300 to 340 years old. Hudson Bay (Fur) Co. traded furs for European manufactured goods across northern North America. Photo by Herman Bender.

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