Grange offering history lecture series

WHALLONSBURG - From the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln to the glory days of disco, the Whallonsburg Grange will cover it all over the next two months.

University of Vermont lecturer Andy Buchanan will present an eight-part series on American History at the Grange, which will run on Tuesday nights starting at 7:30 p.m.

The first lecture in the series, "Reconstruction, Expansion and Indian Wars: American Economy and Society After the Civil War" was held on Feb. 8. "Immigration, Class Conflict, and Extravagant Wealth: America in the Gilded Age" will be presented on Feb. 15.

Buchanan teaches courses in American and World History at UVM, along with courses on United States military history. He is a graduate of Oxford University and a member of the Historic Essex organization.

This is the second part of the American History lectures, which is opening the winter and spring season for the Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum. The series begins after the end of the Civil War, at the opening of post-war Reconstruction.

The classes will move through the "Gilded Age" of the 1880s, the waves of immigration, and the rising American empire into the 20th century of world wars, class conflict, economic crisis, and the civil rights movement. They will conclude with the Vietnam War and the end of the "long boom."

Other classes include:

■ "A Splendid Little War: The Spanish American War and the New Empire," Feb. 22.

■ "World War I and the Roaring Twenties," March 1

■ "The Great Depression, The New Deal and the Rise of Labor Unions," March 15

■ "Fighting the Good War at Home and Abroad: The United States in World War II," March 22

■ "The American Century, McCarthysim and the Civil Right Movement," March 29

■ "The Vietnam War and the End of the Long Boom," April 5.

Tickets for the entire series are $30 per person. Individual lecture tickets are $5 per person.

For more information on the American History from 1865-1975 lecture series, contact the Whallonsburg Grange at 962-4386 or visit the Web site www.thegrangehall.org.

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