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Spring 2019 -- Upcoming
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The Dr. Robert R. Dunker
A Tale of
James Buchanan: Tragic Circumstances
or Failed Leader?
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Andrew Johnson: Impossible Situation
or Failed Leader?
April 26, Noon to 2 p.m.
to class descriptions)
Upcoming seminars and multi-media classes
Rock Around the Clock:
Music and the 1960s
- Mondays at
6 PM, WIT L416, Starting April 6
(Three weekly sessions)
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Complete listing of previous seminars
Multimedia Seminar Samples
Click to hear audio interview!
the PowerPoint presentations for my "Regional Greats" series.
While I do not have video of my lectures, I thought the
notes for my 'Regional Greats' series could be valuable. These are men
and women in the Iowa and Nebraska region who were important in history,
though their contributions are largely overlooked today.
Click the name to see the presentation
(in PDF format. )
A legendary Nebraskan that left his impact on the state, and the country
Few people realize just how vital Hopkins
contribution to the New Deal was.
Another giant whose incredible efforts in
agriculture are all but completely forgotten.
If she is remembered at all, it is as a wife
of a president. This Iowa girl was so much more than that.
Susan La Flesche
Her determination would save lives; her advocacy
for American Indians would change national policies; her hospital would
improve lives for decades after her passing.
William Jennings Bryan
He is remembered as a joke and a buffoon. He
was the voice of the rural Americans, and much of what he stood for in his
early days rings true yet today.
Class presentations - Click here
"Spectacular Voyage: Following Lewis & Clark in Iowa, Nebraska, and
by Russ Gifford, 2002.
(Click to download PDF)
(Click here to for audio preview)
Training Manuals for SQL /
SSRS Reporting / Microsoft Access
Business Applications Developer
"Using Microsoft Access as a Reports
Server" Examples of
Microsoft Access to Create Form-Driven Custom Reports
Using SSRS to Create Custom Reports (and
Student Tabs) within Infinite Campus!
A HOUSE DIVIDED: THE AMERICAN
1850 - 1900
Monday March 18th WIT L416
It was known
as 'the Rebellion' - a far more accurate description, for there was
nothing civil about the American Civil War.
At once the best known and least understood era of American
history, Americans know the names of the leaders, the places
consecrated by the brave souls who gave their lives on those fields
of battle: Gettysburg, Shiloh, Antietam, and hundreds of smaller yet
no less significant fights.
But in the century and a half since the rebellion ended, many
Americans are unaware of some of the basic facts about why the war
started, when it ended, and the reality of the issues surrounding
Our goal is to
understand the pressures that led to this conflict, to see the
reasons the war came, and how it was fought. We will honor those who
fought, but by trying to understand why those battles happened – and
why they turned out the way they did. We will meet the personalities
involved though writings, letters, notes, and actions.
In every class, we will hear the stories of rebels and unionists,
abolitionists and feminists, statesmen and commoners, generals and
presidents, farmers and foundry workers, rascals and the righteous,
immigrants and industrialists.
We will tell the stories of people trying to live up to the promises of
their founders, whose belief in the proposition that all men are
created equal was tested, strained, and confirmed in this history of
America. Join historian Russ Gifford and celebrate the successes as
a nation conceived in liberty fought to live up to their ideals. (Link
to class descriptions)
1 - THE
COMING CRISIS: 1850 - 1860
2 - THE BREAK WITH THE UNION AND THE EARLY WAR: 1860-1861
3 - FRUSTRATIONS ON THE BATTLEFIELDS, TENSIONS ON THE HOME
- April 1
4 - THE SOUTH INVADES, THE NORTH RETALIATES:
- April 8
5 - THE TIDE TURNS: 1863-1864
- April 15
6 - ASHES, VICTORY, SHROUDS - AND
RECONSTRUCTION? 1865 - 1868
- April 22
7 - RECONSTRUCTION AND BEYOND: 1868-1876
- April 29
8 - RECESSION, REVIVAL, AND REUNION? 1877– 1893
- May 6
Recent and upcoming Seminars
Developer/Producer of Interactive CD-Roms:
(These are multi-media extravaganzas with graphics, audio and video.)
Learning SPI's GBACW® system
Advanced Squad Leader® Game system!
Disc 1 - the Basics
Disc 2 - Fire Lanes and SW
Disc 3 - Guns and Tanks!