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Down by the Depot

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Patrick C. Morrison

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Patrick is the Site Administrator at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, where he has worked for more than 20 years. He has a master’s degree in history from the University of Delaware and he is devoted to telling the rich stories of railroading in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

This talk is a detailed look at Pennsylvania train depots and terminals, both freight and passenger, and how the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has explored station architecture, past, present and future.

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The Beginnings of Automobile Culture

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Professor Guillaume de Syon

Albright College

Professor Guillaume de Syon hails from France and Switzerland, but has called Lancaster, PA, home since 1994. Specialized in both European history and the history of technology, he teaches courses in almost every historical period at Albright College in Reading, PA.

Nowadays, we could not do without a car, but it was not always so. By examining postcards of the early 1900s, we can document how people really felt about gasoline fumes replacing horse dung, noisy drivers, and all sorts of strange, new road rules.

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Milton Hershey and his Enduring Legacy

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Pamela Whitenack

Director, Hershey Community Archives

Pamela Whitenack is active professionally in archival and oral history organizations. She is past-president of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR). and is a frequent presenter at regional and national archival organizations. She is co-author of “Images of America: Hershey”, a pictorial history of the community, and “Images of America: Hersheypark.”

Learn how Milton Hershey overcame an impoverished childhood and built successful businesses, a thriving model industrial town and devoted his wealth to helping underprivileged children. Since his death, his legacy has not only continued but has grown and thrived. Learn more how Milton Hershey‘s values and legacy have shaped the businesses and community he founded.

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Who were the Holocaust Rescuers?

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Professor Guillaume de Syon

Albright College

Professor Guillaume de Syon hails from France and Switzerland, but has called Lancaster, PA, home since 1994. Specialized in both European history and the history of technology, he teaches Holocaust-related courses at Albright College in Reading, PA.

Many of us have heard of Holocaust rescuers, perhaps through film maker Steven Spielberg’s award-winning  “Schindler’s List”. And the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem lists hundreds of “Righteous Gentiles” who chose to risk everything to help Jews in danger. Yet what makes someone into a rescuer, and why didn’t more people, or even nations try to help during the years of extermination? This presentation will consider the types of rescuers that came about during the tragedy as well as the circumstances they faced in reaching their decision to assist one or thousands of people.

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The Bishop and the Synagogue of Rome

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L. Scott Lerner

Franklin & Marshall College

L. Scott Lerner has been on the faculty of Franklin & Marshall since 1995 and has served as Chair of the Department of French and Italian, the Program in Comparative Literary Studies, and the Program in Judaic Studies. Before coming to Franklin & Marshall, he served as a lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and taught briefly at the Université de Paris VII and Ministère des Affaires Etrangères in Paris. He also taught in the Literature Concentration, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Core Program at Harvard. At Franklin & Marshall he teaches courses in the Italian, French, Comparative Literature, Judaic Studies, and Connections programs

Despite recent talk about a “Judeo-Christian” tradition, the historical divide between Judaism and Christianity is ancient and deep. Nowhere has this separation been more starkly visible than in Rome, seat of the Catholic Church and home to an even older if far smaller Jewish community.

Lerner guides the audience through the visible signs of a radically evolving relationship between Christians and Jews in the modern era. In particular, he interprets the unprecedented visit in 1986 by a Bishop of Rome—Pope John Paul II—to the Great Synagogue built on the site of the former ghetto. This real and symbolic encounter set in motion a major realignment of two pillars of western civilization, enabling each to remain faithful to itself while making space within itself for the other.

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Chinese Immigrants to America & Chinatowns

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Qunbin Xiong, MD

Main Line Chinese Culture Center

This month we are going to look at Chinese immigrants to America and Chinatowns with some detailed looks at Pennsylvania.

Qunbin Xiong, MD of the Main Line Chinese Culture Center gives a detailed presentation with a wealth of great information on just how Chinese immigration to Pennsylvania has occurred over time.
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Geography Between Generations

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Bradley Austin, Ph.D.

Geographic Information Systems Administrator at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

What is Geography? For many, the answer is usually something like “states and capitals.” Throughout its development, Geography has been closely connected with technologies, from the compasses and paper maps of yesteryear to the satellites and smart phones of today. However, this field of study is much more than navigation or memorized locations— it is a multifaceted analysis of spatial patterns and processes. In this brief history of the discipline, Dr. Austin explores what has changed and what has remained constant in Geography between American generations.

Dr. Austin is a geographer born and raised in Pennsylvania. His interests revolve around nature-society dynamics and his past research includes studies of climate change impacts, weather perception, and species distribution modeling. As of 2017, he is the Geographic Information Systems Administrator at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and also holds teaching positions at Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Continuing Education and Harrisburg Area Community College.

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A Look at the Night Sky

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Lou Thieblemont

Captain TWA and American Airlines (retired)

Lou Thieblemont is back to take us on another wonderful adventure. This time we will take “A Look at the Night Sky.” Many times we look up and see the stars and admire their beauty. Lou will take a more in depth look at the stars, constellations, and how we all view what we see. You will learn just how long ago the stars and constellations got their names and how they were viewed in ancient times. So sit back, and take a look at one of the most amazing things we can see each and every day…our beautiful night sky!

Lou Thieblemont was a pilot for TWA and American Airlines for 38 years. He is now retired but still loves to travel. Lou is also the former mayor of Camp Hill, PA.

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Jim Thorpe and His Impact on PA Native Americans

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Janeal Jaroh

Owner of Time Traveler Trunks

James Francis Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for his home country. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, and played American football (collegiate and professional), professional baseball, and basketball.

Ms. Jaroh is the Owner of Time Traveler Trunks, a program that provides hands-on historical presentations designed to engage, inspire, and enrich understanding of American and World History. Previously the Education Curator for the Cumberland County Historical Society, Ms. Jaroh also has a background in teaching U.S. History at the University of St. Francis.

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Faith and Freedom in the Civil War

Category: Season 1 | Season 3

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Barbara Franco

Seminary Ridge Museum

During the 19th century, the slavery debate was influenced significantly by biblical passages to support one side or the other. Both sides came to interpret scripture in ways that would support their views. Ms. Franco will explain how those interpretive principles still have great influence on today’s society.

Ms. Franco is the founding Director of the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg and also served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She is a noted scholar on the history of faith in America.

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Transforming Alzheimer’s with Art

Category: Season 3

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Barbara C. Warfel

Artist/Art Educator

 

Transforming Alzheimer’s with Art

Art is an amazing way to express yourself. It is also an amazing way to fuel brain activity in those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Neuroscientists are exploring evidence that artistic expression stimulates growth of new brain cells and creation of new neuron networks in the cerebral cortex. Experience with seniors affected by Alzheimer’s has been very positive when correlated with art. “I have trouble getting participants to stop when art time is up.” “The fastest hour of the week” is often heard when art class ends. Art activity removes them, if only for a brief time, from an often frustrating and painful world by completely occupying their minds and intellect.


Barbara C. Warfel will guide you through how Alzheimer’s can be positively affected by art. She is a graduate of Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, with a B.A. in Art Education. She first developed and implemented meaningful art activities for senior adults residing in assisted living facilities in 1998. She has received many awards for her work, including the 2006 Spectrum Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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Experiencing Hubble

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Louis P. “Lou” Thiegblemont

Historian, Aviator, former mayor of Camp Hill, PA

 

SPACE…The Final Frontier.

Lou Thieblemont is back to take us on another wonderful adventure. There are telescopes and then there is the HUBBLE Telescope. Are you ready to learn about how Edwin Hubble took his knowledge and showed us how much more there is to our universe.

You will learn about many of the stepping stones in the world’s ability to look into the stars and how individuals from all over the world made it possible for us to know a lot of what we do today about space.

Strap in for an amazing journey!! See you there!


Lou Thieblemont was a pilot for TWA and American Airlines for 38 years. He is now retired but still loves to travel. Lou is also the former mayor of Camp Hill, PA.

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Paranormal

Do You Believe? Science and Paranormal Phenomena

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Lou Manza, PH.D.

Lebanon Valley College

What leads you to believe (or not) in Bigfoot, astrology, or ghosts?
Studies by Dr. Lou Manza, Chair and Professor of Psychology at Lebanon Valley College, may provide the answers. He’s researched the questions (and their answers) that may address our likelihood to believe.

Dr. Manza is a member of the Association for
Psychological Science, the Eastern Psychological Association,
and Division 2 of the American Psychological Association.

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Child Survivors and Writers of the Holocaust: The Aim of Memory

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L. Scott Lerner

When France was occupied by Nazi Germany during the Second World War, thousands of Jews were rounded up by the French police and sent to the death camps. Others, more fortunate, went into hiding and managed to survive, but only at tremendous psychological cost. A very small number of these survivors became writers, even great writers. This presentation focuses on three extraordinary memoirs of French victim-survivors of the Holocaust. Two are by child survivors, who eluded capture but also lost their parents and a great part of their identity. A third writer was born later than the others—during the Occupation, in fact—and has devoted his entire literary career to the search for the murky past of Nazi occupied Paris. His name is Patrick Modiano and in 2014 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In this lecture, Professor Lerner will guide viewers through their fascinating, novel-like memoirs. Along the way, he will provide an answer to the question: What is the aim of memory in these texts?

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Pottsville Maroons

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Steve Sassaman

The Pottsville Maroons were an American football team based in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1920, they played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1925 to 1928. In 1929 they relocated to Boston, where they played one season as the Boston Bulldogs.

Originally known as the Pottsville Eleven, the team was initially an independent team playing in the local eastern Pennsylvania circuit. Home games were played at Minersville Park, a high school stadium in nearby Minersville. They joined the local Anthracite League in 1924, the same year they adopted the “Maroons” nickname, and clinched the league title. The next season they joined the NFL under owner John G. Streigel. Though dominant on the field, a controversial suspension cost them the 1925 NFL Championship. They were reinstated the following year, but after two successive losing seasons in 1927 and 1928, Streigel sold the Maroons to a group in Boston, where they played one season before folding.

1925 was their best season. The 1928 roster included three future Pro Football Hall of Fame members – Johnny “Blood” McNally, Walt Kiesling, and coach Wilbur “Pete” Henry – but posted the worst record in franchise history. Writer John O’Hara, who would go on to become a world-famous novelist with Appointment in Samarra, covered the team for the local newspaper.

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Supermarket Marketing: Don’t Be Fooled

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Sean Coary, Ph.D.

Saint Joseph’s University

Supermarkets are a stage where the highly orchestrated marketing strategies of retailers can turn a routine trip to purchase a quart of milk into a trunk full of groceries. Dr. Sean Coary shares his insights into these ingenious product marketing tactics and opens our eyes to the calculating world of food marketing.

Dr. Sean Coary is an Assistant Professor of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. He is an expert in consumer behavior who focuses on branding related issues. His research investigates branding issues at both the firm and consumer levels.

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The Science of Dreams

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Dr. Shaun Cook

Millersville University

Dreaming is one of the most fascinating and mysterious human functions. Have you ever wondered what dreams are and/or how they are formed? Although we all dream on a regular basis, we often wake up barely being able to remember any details. Why is it that we can remember some of our dreams, but not others? We discuss the science of dreams. Not a program where we try to interpret dreams, in this program Dr. Cook offers factual information about the cognitive neuroscience of dreams that most of us are unaware of.

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Politics and Religion

A Crash Course on Politics & Religion

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Jeffrey W. Robbins, Ph.D.

Lebanon Valley College

In the late 1960s Jerry Falwell promoted that preachers had no business in political affairs. By the 1980s, he was a political proponent for the Evangelical Right. In 1960, John F. Kennedy said, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” During the 2012 Presidential Campaign, candidates spoke of the necessary interrelationship between religion and politics. Dr. Robbins discusses how the idea of the post-secular helps to make sense of current struggles for power throughout the world.

Dr. Robbins is a co-editor of the Columbia University Press book series “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture,” Chair of Religion & Philosophy; Professor of Religion; and Director of American Studies at Lebanon Valley College.

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Gardening and Planting

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Erica Jo Shaffer

Highland Gardens Nursery Manager

A primer on container gardening. Looking to have those beautiful potted plants? This presentation will provide a primer on container gardening. Which container to use? Is all potting soil the same? What kind of fertilizer should you use? Which plants will do best? Erica will show you the way!

About the Presenter:
Erica Shaffer is the Nursery manager/Head plant geek at Highland Gardens, Camp Hill
PA for 25 years. Landscape designer and consultant. Blogger. Garden
speaker. Avid gardener. Nature lover. Tree Hugger.

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The Climate of Belief: American Public Opinion on Climate Change

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Christopher Borick, Ph.D.

Muhlenberg College

Climate change has gained enormous visibility during the past few years, reflected in a range of American policy initiatives. But what does the American public think about the issue of climate change and possible policy responses? Dr. Borick discusses how media, political parties and other factors affect American views on climate change.

Dr. Borick is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. He is a
nationally recognized public opinion researcher whose work has appeared in numerous periodicals including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has also provided analysis for the BBC, NPR, PBS, CBS News and NBC Nightly News.

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Be a Spring Chicken Stay Young Forever

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Bill Gifford

Journalist/Author

Is it possible to slow down the aging process? As we get older hair gets thinner, our pace gets slower, and sadly many of us develop illnesses. Often so-called “cures” for aging are not cures at all, but rather money makers for companies that target hopeful seniors.

However, current scientific research may hold promise for a better understanding of aging in our future. Journalist Bill Gifford talks about humankind’s obsession with slowing the aging process and the effects it has on our lives.

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Human Trafficking in the United States

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Susan Mapp, Ph.D.

Elizabethtown College

While human trafficking has received more media attention in recent years, many still believe it only happens in other nations. This presentation will discuss the current state of knowledge about human trafficking within the United States as it occurs to citizens of other nations as well as U.S. citizens.

Dr. Mapp is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Elizabethtown College. Her areas of specialized study include human trafficking, international social work, violations of children’s rights and program evaluation.

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Quilts: Crafting an American Icon

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Dr. Janneken Smucker

West Chester University

Quilts have become quintessentially American objects, but they have not always covered Americans’ beds. Once they got started making them, Americans developed a special relationship with quilts. They have produced them in a multitude of formats and have used them for a variety of purposes, from practical to symbolic. Whole cloth, mosaic, medallion, block style, Crazy, utility,prizewinning, political, crib, bed, wall—Americans have done them all.

In 1997, art critic Robert Hughes called Amish quilts “America’s first abstract art,” due to their strong graphics and visual parallels with abstract paintings. At the same time, these country crafts help attract tourists to “Amish country” eager to take home a souvenir of their visit. Smucker will explore these and other paradoxes of this material manifestation of Amish culture.

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Campaign Practices

Campaign Practices Then and Now

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G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D.

Franklin and Marshall College

As a pollster, Dr. G. Terry Madonna has written extensively about political campaigns and voters and voting behavior. Dr. Madonna will address the serious, comical and sometimes outrageous campaign strategies used in Pennsylvania gubernatorial races, past and present.

For more than 30 years, Dr. G. Terry Madonna has taught and written about the American presidency, American political parties and political behavior. At Franklin and Marshall College, he is Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

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Food Glorious Food: Satisfaction without the Guilt!

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Chef Donna Desfor

Imagine being able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, without any guilt. Impossible? Chef Donna Desfor says no!

Chef Donna’s presentation will guide you into a new understanding of taste, and how taste is experienced. With a new understanding, you’ll find eating becomes a more pleasurable experience and cooking can easily become a creative endeavor! And, once you know what you like to taste (and how you can create those taste sensations) Chef Donna will treat you to her “Three Bites to Being Full and Satisfied©” rules. The entire program will lead you toward an eating experience that is better, and more satisfying.

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Optical Illusions: A Look At How The Human Eye Works

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Lou Thieblemont

Professional Speaker, Airline Pilot (Retired)

Many of us think we are in perfect control of what our minds believe to be true or false. But what happens when your mind is unable to determine what is impossible? Imagine what would happen if your mind suddenly overrides your conviction that something is false. That is exactly how the mind perceives optical illusions!

So just how do these intriguing illusions work? Is yellow really yellow? Your brain is constantly interpreting everything you see, feel and hear. You rely on your mind for everything you do in your life from complex decision making and logic to the simplest tasks such as eating with a spoon.

In Optical Illusions we’ll explore how the eye and brain can sometimes fool you & explore how the eye sees color and motion. And we’ll also explore how what you learned from your earliest days can fool you later in life.

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Big Jets

Flying the Big Jets

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Lou Thieblemont

Captain TWA and American Airlines (retired)

Fascinated by flight? Retired airline pilot Lou Thieblemont will use a flight simulator to take you on a virtual trip around the skies of central Pennsylvania aboard a Boeing 757. On this trip he will help you experience the flight from the pilot’s seat! You’ll have a “pilot’s eye” view of the friendly skies over south central Pennsylvania.

Lou Thieblemont was a pilot for TWA and American Airlines for 38 years. He is now retired but still loves to travel. Lou is also the former mayor of Camp Hill, PA.

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The Great War and the 21st Century

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Carl Strikwerda, Ph.D.

Elizabethtown College

This lecture discusses how the First World War shaped the 20th century and how its influence still pertains to our lives in the 21st century. Evaluating 2012 and 1912, Dr. Strikwerda compares the events of these two eras and offers an analysis of the ways in which our world has been shaped by the past

Dr. Strikwerda is a 20th century historian and is President of Elizabethtown College. He is the author or editor of three books on European and global history, and has written numerous articles and book reviews for scholarly journals.

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Pennsylvania Politics

Famous Pennsylvania Politicians of the 20th Century

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Kenneth C. Wolensky, Ph.D.

Historian, Author and Biographer

In the 20th century, many Pennsylvania politicians gained national recognition. Gifford Pinchot was the first Chief of the United States Forest Service and his wife Cornelia was a three-time candidate for U.S. Congress; Governor Bill Scranton served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations and his mother, Marion Margery Scranton played key roles in national Republican Party politics; Governor Robert P. Casey became nationally known for his pro-life view, and; Governor Tom Ridge became the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security. Dr. Wolensky will explore the biographies of these and other well-known 20th century Pennsylvania politicians.

Dr. Ken Wolensky is a published writer and historian. He is President of The Pennsylvania Historical Association.

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Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine

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Daniel G. Drury, Ph.D.

Gettysburg College

Exercise, in and of itself, can have a profound effect on different aspects of health that rivals many prescription medications. Everyone knows that exercise is good for managing your weight. However, few realize that exercise can help prevent diabetes, control high blood pressure, decrease cancer risk, lower cholesterol and improve mental health (….and much, much more). Daily exercise can have a more profound effect on your health than your physician’s prescription pad.

Dr. Dan Drury is an Exercise Physiologist and Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Gettysburg College where he is currently Co-Chair of the department. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine where he has also served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

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Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure: The Greatest Survival Story of All Time

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Lou Thieblemont

It’s 1914. Determined to become the first people to walk across the South Pole, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men embark on their daring Antarctic expedition by sea. When their ship, the Endurance, is trapped and destroyed by ice, the British explorer and his group struggle to survive in the harsh, frigid environment, defying the odds as they cheat death largely through sheer perseverance.

Lou Thieblemont is a professional speaker, amateur historian and former may of Camp Hill, PA

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Betsy Ross: The Making of the Myth

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Charles Hardy, Ph.D.

West Chester University

The story of Betsy Ross and the founding fathers entered the public record 100 years after it supposedly happened, and has since become an iconic part of the popular understanding of U.S. history. However the legendary role of Ross in the creation of our nation’s flag is based largely on stories passed down through generations of members of Ross’ own family – not on well-documented historical fact.

Dr. Hardy is Professor of History at West Chester University and has worked as a documentary producer and historical consultant on a broad range of projects.

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