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WWI Technology

Looking for Technology to Solve Problems in WWI

Prior to WWI armies often used exact same equipment from war to war. Suddenly in WWI it as all about new technology. Equipment issued in one month often found itself obsolete by the next. The modern world of technology is no different. This a study of how history can teach people how best to use technology and what to avoid. Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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Assassination 1914

Assassination in Sarajevo

More than most other events, this terrorist act would eventually topple whole governments (Russia, Austria, Turkey and Germany.) Not only is it an improbable story, but it is clearly linked to people marrying for love. In this case, not only is truth stranger than fiction, it would be impossible to believe … if it wasn’t true. This is an in-depth study of the event and myths that grew up around the cause of World War I. Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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April 2019

History Book Discussion - WWI

Based on previously unused French and German sources, "The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I" by John Mosier is a challenging and controversial analysis of the war on the Western front from 1914 to 1918 reveals how and why the Germans won the major battles with one-half to one-third fewer casualties than the Allies, and how American troops in 1918 saved the Allies from defeat and a negotiated peace with the Germans. Please read the book and be ready to discuss it together Time: 10-11AM

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May 2019

Antietam

This is a remote tour of the battlefield of Antietam. It’s based on thirty years of guiding people across the site and explaining the battle in detail. Possibly the single most important single-day engagement in the American Civil War. It includes a number of stories rarely discussed in the context of battle tours. Time: 1-2PM

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June 2019

The Elements of a Story

This is the follow up to How to Write and Tell a Great Story. This covers the details of storytelling specifically for the writer. It simplifies the Joseph Campbell hero’s journey to a single-story circle. It covers creating and writing interesting characters. The best types of opening lines for a story and fills out the process with real examples from both film and the written word. Time: 10-Noon