Discovering Lowell Thomas Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
This talk will be a narrative account of the years spent uncovering who Lowell Thomas was. The tale begins in 1980 and carries forward forty years to the present. The presentation will reveal the motivators, the moments that kept the quest going and the actual making of the documentary, "Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News", which premiered nationally on PBS in the fall of 2019. Supported by photos and video clips, this is a story that covers the 20th century, first following the life of Thomas and then the years it took to present it.
The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed - And Were Changed – by the American Civil War Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
The singular actions of Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, Sarah Josepha Hale, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Tubman led to their prominence during the American Civil War and launched them into successful public roles following the conflict. This talk, based on Robert Plumb's book, will cover highlights of the women’s contributions, their legacies, and their defining qualities such as courage, self-assurance, and persistence that led to their successes.
Common Misconceptions About Cuba Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
Cuba tends to be characterized in media and film as a Caribbean paradise favored by organized crime in America, which established a foothold there in the 1940’s and, in more recent times, by young visitors who stage decadent bachelor parties and smoke fabled Cuban cigars. In reality, Cuba has a long and rich history that began with the first voyage of exploration by Christopher Columbus in 1492.