Marian History offers 3 classes this fall

Marian University’s History program is offering three stand-alone classes at the Fond du Lac Public Library this fall, one each in September, October and November. The classes – all at 6 p.m. – are free and open to the public; no registration required.

  • Wednesday, September 24: Ceresco, Utopia at Home, presented by adjunct professor Gayle Kiszely, who will tell the story of a utopian experiment founded in 1844 near Ripon on the principles of efficient work and universal harmony. The founders, “nineteen men and one boy,” named their community Ceresco, after Ceres, the goddess of agriculture. The community grew to 200, but what was its downfall?
  • Wednesday, October 22: Deciphering Old Documents, presented by professors Mary Gross and Matt Szromba. How do you know if what’s in your attic is authentic? Does Great Uncle Roscoe's account of a World War I battle seem a bit too heroic? Whose account of the Battle of Gettysburg should you believe? Szromba and Gross will walk through basic techniques for assessing credibility of documents and will direct attendees through a hands-on exercise.
  • Wednesday, November 19: Big History Preview. Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender will present a preview of the spring semester 2015 open class, “The Big History of the Upper Midwest & Wisconsin: From the Big Bang to Today,” giving a taste of what’s in store. The class will run weekly at the library January 28 through April 29 and will include extensive artifacts and antiques from Bender’s collection that will illustrate points in history.
For more information, visit the Calendar.

In the photo: The "Long House" of the Ceresco community. 

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