Three Tuesdays, September 12-26,  10:00-11:00 a.m.
No Charge–Reservations Required  
Instructor: Mr. Jack Carmichael, former Governmental Affairs Coordinator at Ball Corporation

Mr. Carmichael has worked 70 years on his own genealogy, tracing his roots as far back as Charlemagne. He will provide insight on how to locate, examine, and organize records. Computer research is not included.  Limited to 15 participants.

Friday, November 17, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
No Charge–Reservations Required   
Presenter: Mrs. Karen Vincent, Director of the Minnetrista Heritage Collection

In the early 20th century, Harriett Mitchell Anthony, a.k.a. “Diamond Heels Hattie” and “Hattie Bell” made quite a splash in her hometown of Muncie for her extraordinary clothing and for her shoes set with diamonds in the heels.

Friday, November 10, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
No Charge–Reservations Required   
Presenter: Mrs. Karen Good, Ancestry and Genealogy Chair, Delaware County Historical Society

During WWII, farmers started to feel the pressure of producing more crops with less labor as men left their farm jobs to serve their country. Then a new pool of laborers emerged to alleviate the problem—prisoner’s of war. These POWs helped to harvest and can tomatoes at the Eaton Canning Factory.

Tuesday, December 5, 10-11:15 a.m.
No Charge–Reservations Required   
Presenter: Mr. Rodney Gill, former school teacher and history chair of South Dakota’s Southern State College

After President Kennedy’s inauguration, a massive parade ensued along Pennsylvania Avenue, taking the President from Capitol Plaza to the White House. Sixteen thousand members of the US armed forces marched with displays of modern weaponry. A additional sixteen thousand civilians followed ranging from federal and state officials to high school bands and Boy Scouts, along with forty floats.Mr. Gill will share his memories of the 1961 inaugural parade as he proudly served as a Marine Honor Guard that day.  He had the perfect vantage point, standing only 25 feel away from the President and Mrs. Kennedy. Mr. Gill will read passages from his memoirs and talk about the irony of his experience. 

Six Wednesdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Facilitator: Richard Kennison, Lt. Col. (Ret.—USAF) 

London stands as a global metropolitan center and continues to be synonymous with important developments in international business, culture, and politics.  This DVD series, produced by The Great Courses, features veteran lecturer and a renowned American scholar of British history, Professor Robert Bucholz. He will take you through London's history, from its birth as a Roman outpost in the 1st century C.E. to its current status as a 21st-century global village. An encyclopedic view of a city like no other, this course will take you back to London as it was lived and felt throughout history.  

Topics Covered Each Class (two, 30-minute sessions per class) 
Sept. 6: There’s No Place like London; and The Rise and Fall of Roman Londinium
Sept. 13: Medieval London’s Thousand-Year Climb; and Economic Life in Chaucer’s London
Sept. 20: Politics and Religion in Chaucer’s London; and London Embraces the Early Tudors
Sept. 27: Elizabeth I and London as a Stage; and Life in Shakespeare’s London—East
Oct. 4: Life in Shakespeare’s London—West; and London Rejects the Early Stuarts
Oct. 11: Life in Samuel Pepys’s 17th-Century London; and Plague and Fire
Part 2 to be offered Spring 2018.

Three Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, and 15; 10-11 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required  
Facilitator: Mr. William Robertson, retired senior scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pennsylvania

For thousands of years, games and puzzles have been an enjoyable and rewarding aspect of human civilization. Most games have this in common: Everything you need to win is rooted in mathematics. This DVD series, produced by The Great Courses, features Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin, Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Dr. Benjamin takes an elementary mathematical approach to understanding how each game and puzzle is played and won. By using math as a unique lens through which to explore some of the world’s most popular games, you’ll learn a rewarding set of skills you can apply to countless games and puzzles.

Topics Covered Each Class:
Nov. 1: Expert Backgammon
Nov. 8: Solving Sudoku
Nov. 15: Mathematics and Chess

Friday, September 29, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
No Charge–Reservations Required  
Facilitator: Mr. Charlie Gilbert, retired Baptist minister

Produced by PBS, this documentary features London’s House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Abbey.  You’ll learn about the hidden secrets of these three emblems that anchor one of London’s most powerful and storied neighborhoods. As one of the world’s most famous churches, Westminster Abbey is steeped in Anglo-Saxon myths and legends dating back to the 11th century.  The church has seen the coronation of every English monarch, the burial of 17 sovereigns, and the celebration of 16 royal weddings (including, most recently, that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

Friday, July 28, 10:00-11:15 a.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required   
Facilitator: Richard Kennison, Lt. Col. (Ret.—USAF)  

In 1946, the United States created the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in order to protect itself and its allies from the Soviet Union. The Command was responsible for a network of military bases and all the atomic weapons until its deactivation in 1992 when the Cold War ended. Mr. Kennison will talk about his 12-year career with SAC that included aircraft such as B-47, B-52, B-58, KC and EC 135. 

Tuesday, October 3, 10-11:15 a.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required  
Presenter: Ms. Jessica Jenkins, Curator, Minnetrista

In addition to establishing and operating a global business, the Ball brothers of Muncie left their mark on the community through their civic work and philanthropy. Not to be forgotten are the wives of the brothers. These women, of varying backgrounds, ages, and interests were active in the community as well. During the first decades of the 20th century, Sarah Rogers Ball and Bertha Crosley Ball continually worked to improve public health in the region, and personally invested time and energy in improving sanitation, hygiene, and medical access in Muncie. Ms. Jenkins will discuss how these two women from very different backgrounds found themselves involved in local public health, and the important work that each did for Muncie’s Visiting Nurses Association and the Delaware County Tuberculosis Association.

WICKED MUNCIE (Both sessions are full. Call 765-285-8975 to be put on a waiting list)
Tuesday, September 5, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. 
Cost: $10 per person – Reservations Required 
Presenters: Mr. Keith Roysdon and Mr. Douglas Walker, both award-winning journalists who write for “The Star Press”

Muncie is the classic small American city. But for much of the past two centuries, the city fell victim to murder, corruption and the bizarre. Mayor Rollin Bunch went to prison for mail fraud, while his police commissioner faced a murder rap. Viola “Babe” Swartz ran a brothel out of a truck stop that was raided by police at least a dozen times but ran for sheriff in the 1974 primary election. June Holland, of the locally famous Holland triplets, killed her neighbor for refusing to sell her house. Authors Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker explore the notorious and unusual side of Muncie’s history. Presentation will be followed by a bus tour and a book signing.  You may register for the 10 a.m. or the 2 p.m. session. Limited to 25 people each session.