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History

Sesquicentennial!
Wednesday, February 25; 10—11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Dale Basham
No Charge – Reservations Required

Muncie has grown from a small village established by the Munsee, a subtribe of the Lenape Indians, in 1865, to a city rich with arts, culture, and opportunity. Dale Basham, President of the Muncie Rotary Club, will preview the Center’s upcoming programs and the many community events planned for Muncie’s sesquicentennial celebration.

History of Beech Grove Cemetery
Tuesday, April 21; 10—11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Tom Schnuck
No Charge – Reservations Required

Chartered in 1841 with one-and-one-half acres on the banks of the White River, Beech Grove has grown to encompass over 100 acres, making  it one of the largest cemeteries in the state of Indiana.

Turning Pages: History of Newspapers in Muncie
Wednesday, March 4; 10—11:15 a.m. 
Presenter: John Carlson 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
This history of newspapers in Muncie dates back to the mid-to-late 1800s. Can you remember a time when Muncie had a morning and evening edition of the newspaper? Retired feature writer for The Star Press will share his knowledge about the history of Muncie newspapers. 

The Ball Brothers: One Family's Impact on our Community
Tuesday, April 7; 10—11:15 a.m. 
Presenter: Dane Starbuck 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Dane Starbuck, Attorney-at-Law and President of the Winchester Foundation, will discuss how the Ball family helped shape the history of Muncie. He is also the author of The Goodriches: An American Family and a forthcoming biography of John Fisher. 

Beginning Genealogy 
Three Tuesdays, April 28—May 12; 10-11 a.m. 
Instructor: Jack Carmichael 
No Charge – Reservations Required
This 3-day course will cover valuable resources that will help you research your family history, such as how to locate, examine, and organize records. Computer research is not included. Limited to 15 participants.

From "Man Haters" to "Dick Greene's Neighborhood": Digitizing Muncie's History 
Tuesday, April 14; 10—11:15 am. 
Presenter: John Straw 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Mr. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, will present a sampling of the more than 600 archival collections from the Ball State Libraries on Muncie history that have been digitized and are now available online in the Digital Media Repository. The types of materials run the gamut and include the 1918 silent film The Man Haters that was filmed in Muncie, diaries by early Muncie citizens, WWII scrapbooks, the anti-Ku Klux Klan newspaper The Muncie Post Democrat, and the photographs and columns of newspaperman Dick Greene, among many others. 

How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
Three Thursdays, April 2—16, 1-2:15 p.m. 
Facilitator: Charles Gilbert 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Produced by The Teaching Company, these DVD lectures will provide a new perspective on color—one rooted in credible scientific knowledge and not popular myth. Each lecture takes you inside the science behind a specific color or color pair, following the order in which humans have historically acquired color categories. 

Two Topics Covered Each Date: 
April 2 The Meanings of Color & The Black and White Lecture
April 9 The Red Lecture & The Yellow Lecture
April 16 The Green Lecture & The Blue Lecture  

Industry and Art: Creative Innovation in East Central Indiana 
Tuesday, May 5; 7—8:30 p.m. 
Presenter: Shaun Dingwerth, Executive Director of the Richmond Art Museum 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Shaun Dingwerth’s book, The Richmond Group Artist, tells the untold story of a group of artists whose interest in fostering art in their community made an authentic contribution to the history of art in America. Taking for their subjects the local people, flora, and landscapes, they developed a distinctive impressionistic style, uninfluenced by other art movements in Indiana. Richmond, Indiana, became an important center for art in the Midwest. Reception and book signing to follow program. 

Joseph in Genesis and the Qur'an
Friday, April 24; 10 a.m.—12 noon 
Presenter: Dr. Steve Ealy 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
This group discussion will examine the story of Joseph as recounted in the Qur’an and compare it with the account presented in Genesis. We will consider both the style of presentation and the details of the story as we compare and contrast these sacred texts. Do they depict God in the same terms? Do they share a similar concept of human freedom and responsibility? If the stories are intended to teach a lesson, do they teach the same lesson? Reading materials will be provided to registered participants in advance. Limited to 15 participants.     

Skeptics Guide To American History – Part 2 
Six Wednesdays, April 1—May 6; 10—11:15 a.m. 
Facilitator: Mr. Richard Kennison 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
For most Americans, the history of the United States is built on a set of long-accepted beliefs about events, each of which resonates in the nation's collective memory. But what if those beliefs—however familiar—don't really tell the whole story? Sorting through misconceptions, myths, and half-truths about America's past provides a chance to revisit some of the country's greatest episodes, figures, and themes from a fresh perspective and an opportunity to hone the way you think about and interpret the past, the present, and even the future. Produced by The Teaching Company, these DVD lectures aim to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. 

Two Topics Covered Each Date:
April 1- Myths about American Isolation and Empire & Early Progressives Were Not Liberals
April 8 - Woodrow Wilson and the Rating of Presidents & The Roaring Twenties Reconsidered
April 15 - Hoover and the Great Depression Revisited & What Did Roosevelt’s New Deal Really Do?
April 22 - World War II Misconceptions and Myths & Was the Cold War Inevitable?
April 29 - The Real Blunders of the Vietnam War & Myths about American Wars
May 6 - Who Matters in American History? & History Did Not Begin with Us  

The Wit and Wisdom of A. Lincoln
Monday, February 16; 10—11:15 a.m. 
Presenter: Jack Buckles 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
In honor of President’s Day, Jack Buckles, local lawyer, historian, and bon vivant, will share his knowledge about this country’s 16th president. Limited seating.  

The Lads that Came Home in Coffins
Wednesday, May 13, 10—11:15 a.m. 
Presenter: Rodney Gill
No Charge – Reservations Required 

Mr. Gill, former history department chair for South Dakota’s Southern State College, will discuss what happened to a soldier's remains and personal effects after WWII.