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Some women were content to stay at home and be homemakers as was expected of them over 100 years ago. Some women had adventure in their hearts, which led them down unusual paths and inspired them to make different life choices. Discover how four exceptional women changed their lives by stepping outside the box and choosing to live unconventional lives. 

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Weekly - Mon 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (10/1/2018-10/8/2018)

Instructor : Carol Chapman 

Location : Liesinger Hall Location : 
  Liesinger Hall.

Room :  184



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Museums typically have a portion of their collections on display at any one time because of space limitations and preservation concerns. Fort Caspar Museum currently displays about seven percent of its collection. The museum collects materials related to the history of the fort, the City of Casper, Natrona County, and central Wyoming. Explore Fort Casper museum’s attic and see historical objects that are often not on exhibit.   

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $3.00

Daily - Mon 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (10/15/2018-10/15/2018)

Instructor : Rick Young 

Please read: Class Location: Fort Caspar

Location : Off Campus Location : 
  Off Campus.

Room :  *



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Look at the history of the Casper Army Airbase and its relationship to the Casper in the decades after World War II. The Casper Army Airbase's role during the Blizzard of 1949, in Civil Defense during the Cold War, supporting the Civil Air Patrol, and contributing to the growth of Casper and Natrona County is important. Participants will share their Casper Airbase memories and contribute to the development of a major museum exhibit that will open at the Wyoming Veterans Museum in March 2019. 

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $7.00

Weekly - Tue 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (7/17/2018-7/24/2018)

Instructor : Douglas Cubbison 

Please read: There will be a short walking tour of ...More

Location : Off Campus Location : 
  Off Campus.

Room :  Not Assigned



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We will focus on the Battle of the Little Bighorn theories and learn about the participants who became celebrities because of their roles in the battle. Your instructor is a former guide at the battlefield.

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Daily - Mon,Tue,Wed 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (9/24/2018-9/26/2018)

Instructor : Monte Henrie 

Location : Liesinger Hall Location : 
  Liesinger Hall.

Room :  185



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Weapons, disease, and religion played crucial roles in enabling Western Europeans to dominate the globe during the past centuries. Using Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs, and Steel as a starting point, this class will explore the history that made Europeans uniquely successful at colonizing and conquering. While recommended, reading Diamond’s book is not a prerequisite for this class

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Weekly - Mon, Wed 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (7/9/2018-7/18/2018)

Instructor : Tom Smyth 

Location : Liesinger Hall Location : 
  Liesinger Hall.

Room :  174

Call 307-268-3401 to register


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Weapons, disease, and religion played crucial roles in enabling Western Europeans to dominate the globe during the past centuries. Using Jared Diamond’s book "Guns, Germs, and Steel," as a starting point, we will explore the history that made Europeans uniquely successful at colonizing and conquering. While recommended, reading Diamond’s book is not a prerequisite.

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Weekly - Tue, Thu 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (10/9/2018-10/18/2018)

Instructor : Tom Smyth 

Location : Fox Skelton Energy Institute Location : 
  Fox Skelton Energy Institute.

Room :  125



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Join us for a field trip to remember this early Wyoming railroad. Some of the best remnants of its infrastructure are in Converse and Natrona counties. Gather at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center at 8 a.m. for a van ride to Douglas to view railroad rolling stock before returning to Casper along the C&NW route, stopping at trestles and stone culverts. We will head west to Waltman to learn about the heyday of sheep raising in central Wyoming. Participants will walk on uneven terrain for 300 yards. Bring a sack lunch and dress appropriately.

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $25.00

Daily - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (9/21/2018-9/21/2018)

Instructor : Reid Miller 

Location : Off Campus Location : 
  Off Campus.

Room :  *



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The Fort Caspar Museum site began as an emigrant crossing on the historic trails corridor. Later, the site became a bridge crossing, trading post, Pony Express station, Overland Stage station, and frontier army fort. During the 1920s, Casper residents deemed it important to save the site for future generations, resulting in the Fort Caspar Museum. We will explore the development of the museum from 1936 to today.   

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $3.00

Daily - Mon 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (10/1/2018-10/1/2018)

Instructor : Rick Young 

Please read: Class Location: Ft. Caspar Museum

Location : Off Campus Location : 
  Off Campus.

Room :  *



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On a beautiful summer day in 1864, a small group of travelers on their way to the Idaho gold fields were attached by a band of Sioux on the banks of the Little Box Elder Creek in Wyoming. Thus began Fanny Kelly’s months of enslavement through a bitter plains winter. In this reenactment presentation, Fanny Kelly recounts her story of being kidnapped, life among her captors, and her eventual release and return home.   

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Daily - Tue 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (12/4/2018-12/4/2018)

Instructor : India Hayford 

Location : Fox Skelton Energy Institute Location : 
  Fox Skelton Energy Institute.

Room :  100



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Get an introduction to online resources to conduct genealogy research. The instructor will provide suggestions on building and working on your family tree and how to use online resources.

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Weekly - Tue, Thu 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (10/23/2018-11/29/2018)

Instructor : Dwain Romsa 

Location : Fox Skelton Energy Institute Location : 
  Fox Skelton Energy Institute.

Room :  104



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The Pathfinder Ranch is a great Natrona County historical site. The Oregon Trail and Pony Express Trail passed through the ranch. It was the homestead of Boney Ernst, Jim Averil, and Ella Watson (aka Cattle Kate). We will visit historic sites on the ranch and go to Independence Rock for an overview of where the trails converged. Martin's Cove will be our third stop, where we will visit the Sweetwater Museum and learn about life on Sun Ranch. This trip is rated challenging. You must be able to walk three miles on uneven surfaces. Wear sturdy walking shoes and long pants. Bring a sack lunch to class. 

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $17.00

Daily - Fri 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (8/3/2018-8/3/2018)

Instructor : Dwain Romsa 

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Location : Off Campus Location : 
  Off Campus.

Room :  Not Assigned



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Old west stories often focus on brothels, lynchings, and gunslingers. Boomtown Boston, Colorado, had all in excess from 1886 to 1889 until the town was destroyed and abandoned after a siege in April 1889. Though short-lived, Boston was home to personalities ranging from flat earth advocates to cowboys and outlaws including the Jennings Gang before they became famous in Oklahoma. The instructor, who grew up near Boston in southeast Colorado, will share the wild stories of this famous town documented in his book, "Old Boston: As Wild as They Come."   

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Weekly - Mon, Wed 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (11/5/2018-11/14/2018)

Instructor : Kent Brooks 

Location : Liesinger Hall Location : 
  Liesinger Hall.

Room :  185



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