Whaley, Bender finish ‘Big History’ in March

The last four programs in Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender’s “Big History: From the Revolution to the Mexican War” eight-part series will run at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in March at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The programs are free; no registration required.

This is the duo’s fifth year teaching entertaining and thought-provoking history presentations at the library. The sessions include great storytelling and artifacts from Bender’s personal collection. The 2018 series explores through early American history, with attention paid to American Indians, slavery and the frontier experience, and ends at the brink of Civil War. The March outline:

  • Mar 7: The Revolutionary War begins and George Washington.
  • Mar 14: The Revolutionary War, victory and statistics of war.
  • Mar 21: Independence, the Articles of Confederation and Northwest Territory.
  • Mar 28: The Constitution, a New Republic and shaping of the young nation.

Whaley retired in 2015 after 43 years of teaching, 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.


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