'Big History of Futures Past' begins Feb 3

What did ancient people know about space travel? About technology? About superhighways? Some say cave drawings and other artifacts left behind tell a story of deep understanding, and perhaps direct contact.

Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender will examine just what people knew, and when in an eight-week series of entertaining and thought-provoking presentations, Big History of Futures Past, starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The programs are free; no registration required. However, space is strictly limited.

Futures Past will be Bender and Whaley’s third annual history series lectures at the library. They started in 2014 examining early American history and in 2015 they delved into the “big history” of the Upper Midwest and Wisconsin.

For 2016, they travel further back in time to look at how today’s interstate highway system, knowledge of the world and how big it is, manned flight and a host of technologies were firmly rooted in the past. Topics will include religion, early mapping, UFO’s and the atomic bomb. As in past programs, there will be time for questions and participation.

Whaley retired in 2015 after 43 years of teaching, with the last 22 years in Marian University’s History Dept., where he taught American history, geography, American government and honors classes. He received his master’s and doctorate in history from the University of North Dakota. Whaley’s particular interests include American history and the Civil War. He’s traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

Bender is an independent researcher, writer and editor. His professional background includes geology and a technical field in industry. He is internationally published in the fields of applied geophysics, cultural landscape studies, prehistoric trails, archeoastronomy (prehistoric astronomy beliefs plus site investigations) and cosmology as a recognized specialist in Plains and Woodland Native American astronomy traditions. He collects American antiques, rare and historic maps and prints, Indian artifacts and antique Oriental ceramics.

 

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