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Get your history fix here. Our history classes cover local, state, and world history.

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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 

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Location : Off Campus Location : 
  Off Campus.

Room :  Not Assigned



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Revisit this true Western adventure, with the mystery, intrigue, and controversies that have accompanied this famous battle on the actual two days the battle occurred 142 years ago. Experience the conflict by seeing the land on which the U.S. Calvary and Cheyenne and Sioux Warriors fought the battle. You will get a sense of how the terrain affected the battle.

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Daily - Mon,Tue 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (6/25/2018-6/26/2018)

Instructor : Monte Henrie 

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Location : Nolte Gateway Center Location : 
  Nolte Gateway Center.

Room :  222



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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



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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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Learn about the British Invasion, that period of music in America between 1964 and 1966 when American singers and groups took a backseat to the British. For many, the Beatles started the movement which also included The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks, The Hollies, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, and others. Join Stereo Stan for the history and sounds of the British Invasion for two nights and then dinner and a movie on the third night where we will enjoy the Beatles’ landmark film “A Hard Day’s Night.”

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $20.00

Weekly - Wed 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (7/11/2018-7/25/2018)

Instructor : Stan Icenogle 

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Location : McMurry Career Studies Center Location : 
  McMurry Career Studies Center.

Room :  160



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Join the proper Miss Missouri Adeline Prine in 1927 for tea and a good old-fashioned gossip session about the ladies of dubious repute who helped make Wyoming interesting. Miss Missouri will whisper titillating tales of Laramie’s “second story girls”, Miss Dell Burke of Lusk, Mrs. Lydia M. Willis of Encampment, the Casper’s Sandbar district belles, and the wrongly accused and cruelly murdered Miss Ellen Liddy Watson, maligned by history as Cattle Kate.  

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $3.00

Daily - Mon 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (6/11/2018-6/11/2018)

Instructor : India Hayford 

Location : Nolte Gateway Center Location : 
  Nolte Gateway Center.

Room :  225



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When women were forced to abandon their embroidered textiles during the 1949–1950 airlifts of Jews out of Yemen to Israel, they left behind precious symbols of regional, familial, and personal identity. The Women’s International Zionist Organization established cottage industries for Yemenite clothing without regard for its original cultural significance. The result was Israeli-Yemenite embroidery, a style that came to identify Israeli society in the mid-20th century. There will be a slideshow featuring clothing and items from several collections and an exhibition of items from the speaker’s personal collection.

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Daily - Wed 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (6/13/2018-6/13/2018)

Instructor : India Hayford 

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

Room :  100



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On October 19, 1865, the steamship S.S. Republic left New York bound for New Orleans. On board were passengers and $400,000 in gold and silver coins. The steamship ran into a hurricane and sank off the Georgia coast. We will watch a documentary on the discovery of the wreckage and discuss the wreckage and history of the coins and other artifacts on the S.S. Republic.  

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Daily - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (6/19/2018-6/19/2018)

Instructor : Greg Brondos 

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

Room :  100



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The Victorian Era brought great changes to England and America: a growing middle class, greater access to imported and domestic luxury goods, a sense of entitled leisure, and philosophical and social shifts. These changes led to the formation of a social order that lingers on into the 21st century. Learn why Victorian ideas and mores still shape our society for all the right and wrong reasons.  

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Weekly - Mon, Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (6/11/2018-6/20/2018)

Instructor : Cynthia Grieve 

Location : Nolte Gateway Center Location : 
  Nolte Gateway Center.

Room :  222



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The Wends are a little-known Slavic speaking people from northeast Germany who immigrated to Australia, Canada, and America in the mid-1840s due to oppression by the Prussian government. They brought with them a rich cultural tradition of food, costumes, and seasonal celebrations that they adapted to their new surroundings. The majority of Wends who came to America settled in central Texas and Iowa. Discover why Wendish brides wore black wedding dresses until the 1900s, sample traditional Wendish noodles, learn the Wendish alphabet, and listen to a Wendish choir recording. The instructor is a descendant of the Wends of central Texas and will share Wendish family history.  

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Daily - Mon 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (7/30/2018-7/30/2018)

Instructor : Vicki Pollock 

Location : Nolte Gateway Center Location : 
  Nolte Gateway Center.

Room :  218



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It was a challenge to manage a household in Victorian America given increased choices in housewares, furnishings, and decorative items and increasing socially prescribed behaviors. Women worked tirelessly to maintain their homes and families within the proper bounds of Victorian society. We will explore the daily lives of American women in the Victorian Era, from which corner to bend a calling card to the proper placement of a tomato fork. Tea will be served on the last day of class.  

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $5.00

Weekly - Tue, Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (7/31/2018-8/9/2018)

Instructor : Cynthia Grieve 

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Location : Nolte Gateway Center Location : 
  Nolte Gateway Center.

Room :  218



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Learn about the Northern Plains Indian battles from the Grattan Massacre in 1854 to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. The U.S. Army allied with the Crow and Shoshone tribes to fight the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes. In addition to the Grattan and Wounded Knee massacres, we will discuss the Rosebud, Little Big Horn, Dull Knife, Sand Creek, and Platte Bridge Station (Fort Caspar) massacres. The instructor has personal experience with an archeological study at Little Big Horn National Monument in 1984.  

OLLI

Cost: $12.00

Fees: $0.00

Daily - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (6/26/2018-6/26/2018)

Instructor : Greg Brondos 

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

Room :  100



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