Marian U history class finishes in April

The wildly popular weekly American History class offered by Marian University at the Fond du Lac Public Library will conclude in April with five classes, marching through to 1865. Classes meet at 6 p.m. The schedule:

April 2: Revolution and early national period styles and regionalism, Part one

April 9: Revolution and early national period styles and regionalism, Part two

April 16: The China trade and its impact on the early national period

April 23: America’s early Victorian material culture and the Industrial Revolution

April 30: The Antebellum Victorian period and material culture to the Civil War

The university-level course, “History of America from 1400 to 1865 in Objects and Artifacts,” is taught by Marian Assoc. Professor Rick Whaley and local historian Herman Bender. It features items from Bender’s collection that illustrate America’s history through textiles, furniture, ceramics, print, household accessories and trade goods.

The classes have been so popular with the public that Whaley and Bender will bring another history class to the library in spring semester 2015; it also will employ items from Bender’s collection.

Classes are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. 

In the photo: The fascinating story of how this mid-18th Century soapstone candlestick, originally from John Hancock's Boston home, came to Fond du Lac will be shared at the April 9 Marian University American History class at the Fond du Lac Public Library.


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