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  Events in 2019:

Story

June 10

How to Write and Tell a Great Story

Great stories have common threads, not considering if they are books, movies or just stories one tells around the water cooler. This is a discussion of the principles of myth used to create masterful stories which are dramatic, entertaining and psychologically true. This is a look at how storytellers can utilize mythic structure to create powerful narratives. Time: 7-8PM

Hollywood Murder

July 10

The Murder of William Desmond Taylor

Work on the classic unsolved 1922 murder of a well-known Hollywood director. Meet the suspects, hear from the ‘persons of interest’ involved in the case. Look at the physical evidence. This case has all the components of a great story: Sex, false identities, underage women, amnesia, drug use, gangsters, multiple deathbed confessions and strangely missing evidence. Come to your own conclusions and solve one of the great murder mysteries of the early part of the 20th century. Time: 11AM - Noon

 

Pennsic War 48

Pennsic War 48

Pennsic War 48

Storytelling galore. Storytelling predates writing. The earliest forms of storytelling were usually oral combined with gestures and expressions.

With the advent of writing and the use of stable, portable media, stories were recorded, transcribed and shared over wide regions of the world. Stories have been carved, scratched, painted, printed or inked onto wood or bamboo, ivory and other bones, pottery, clay tablets, stone, palm-leaf books, skins (parchment), bark cloth, paper, silk, canvas and other textiles, recorded on film and stored electronically in digital form. Oral stories continue to be created by impromptu storytellers, as well as committed to memory and passed from generation to generation, despite the increasing popularity of written and televised media in much of the world.

1917

Sept 2019

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution of 1917 is one of the most confusing events of the 20th century. Barely covered in the western press and modified for political purposes by the Soviet government. This is an linear study of the events and myths that grew up around the one of the most important revolutions of the 20th century. It includes a number of items normally ignored by historians or literary scholars. Time: 11AM - Noon

 

Hollywood Murder

Oct 2019

The Murder of William Desmond Taylor

Work on the classic unsolved 1922 murder of a well-known Hollywood director. Meet the suspects, hear from the ‘persons of interest’ involved in the case. Look at the physical evidence. This case has all the components of a great story: Sex, false identities, underage women, amnesia, drug use, gangsters, multiple deathbed confessions and strangely missing evidence. Come to your own conclusions and solve one of the great murder mysteries of the early part of the 20th century. Time: 11AM - Noon

 

Wake 1941

Nov 2019

Wake Island 1941

America’s first victory of WWII was obtained only four days after Pearl Harbor on a tiny undermanned atoll in the central pacific. The Battle of Wake Island was fought between December 8 and December 23 1941. It was fought on and around the atoll formed by Wake Island and its minor islets of Peale and Wilkes Islands by the air, land, and naval forces of the Japanese Empire against those of the United States, with Marines playing a prominent role on both sides. 300 untrained civilians also fought the Japanese landings. Time: 1PM - 2PM

Forgotten Characters

Late Nov2019

Forgotten Characters

American history is full of characters who not only fail to inhabit biography sections but who are largely forgotten. From the man who inspired Abraham Lincoln to greatness to master spies to the only documented mutiny in the US Navy, the course is filled with little known and less remembered characters from History. Many of them are from New York and our own local area. These folks are not only intriguing but they are made of the very stuff which makes a memorable tale. This is the perfect course for writers to find inspirational characters. Time: 11AM - Noon

When Tigers Fight

Dec 2019

When Tigers Fight

This is a story of what many historians believe is the actual beginning of Word War II, the Second Sino-Japanese War. It remains however one of the lesser know encounters in the west. The war was the result of a decades-long Japanese imperialist policy to expand its influence politically and militarily in order to secure access to raw material reserves, food, and labor. The period after World War I brought about increasing stress on the Japanese society. Especially after they saw themselves snubbed by the Treaty of Versailles. Time: 11AM - Noon