We will analyze the motives that led Southern states to secede from the United States in 1860-61, and the decision of President Abraham Lincoln to use military force to assert U.S. government sovereignty. Arguments by Southern secessionists and unionists will be considered, as well as the evolution of opinion in the North regarding the use of force.
1 – 5 pm
10 am – Noon
Indigenous people routinely observed celestial phenomena as an integral part of daily life, then placed and interpreted what they saw in a context of spiritual and religious meaning. We will survey the rich astronomy-related content found in indigenous North American narrative verbal arts of the post-contact period.
10 am – 4 pm
Still eager to write and publish that children’s book you have dreamed about? This workshop introduces newcomers to today’s world of children’s book publishing—the markets, the genres, the formats and audience niches, and the publishing venues—and offers a few rules of the road and tried-and-true shortcuts that make navigation easier.
1 – 3 pm
Millions of Americans identify themselves as having Italian ancestry. If you want to learn how to access Italian documents for genealogical research, this seminar will show you how to go in-depth.
5:45 – 7:45 pm
In this hands-on, instructional course we will explore modern crossed-structure bookbinding. The soft-cover books we will create have flexible features that make them ideal for journals and sketchbooks. Participants will make a multi-section book that features exposed spine sewing as a functional and decorative element. Each session builds on the previous content.
6 – 7:30 pm
Some stories have the power to reveal the essence of an historical moment, teaching us about our past and our present. We will explore antebellum slavery through the lens of one story, that of Celia, a young Missouri slave woman who killed her owner in 1855.