Feb 05, 2013

Celebrating Our American Heritage XXIII

Presentations Scheduled for Thursday Evenings- October 15 and 29, November 12 and December 3 -
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Clement Building - Ledbetter Auditorium

Columbia State Community College invites you to Celebrating Our American Heritage XXIII. The series of presentations will be held on select Thursday evenings throughout October, November and December from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Ledbetter Auditorium. The series is free and open to the public.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: A Relationship that Helped Forge a Nation will be held on Thursday, October 15. Dr. William X. Andrews and Dr. Barry Gidcomb will examine the contributions of two of the nation's most significant founding fathers as they collaborated to create a Republic, divided over issues facing the new nation, became bitter political rivals, and finally reconciled late in life to carry on a remarkable personal correspondence that reflects insight and original thought on subjects social, political, and religious, and reveals an enduring optimism about the future of the United States.

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Misunderstood Figure of History is scheduled for Thursday, October 29. Lincoln's assistants referred to her as "the Hell Cat," her stepmother called her "Satan's Limb," and her own son committed her to a mental institution. While Lincoln remains a favorite among historians, Mary Todd is often maligned, pitied, and demonized. Adrienne Skora and Thomas Flagel will introduce letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts to provide a clearer picture of the least popular First Lady and to address topics like "Was she mentally unstable?" and "Was the Lincoln marriage as terrible as people claimed?"

Their Legacies Continue Here: The Homes of our Founding Father Presidents will be presented on Thursday, November 12. The program examines history and updates on the homes of the nation's first four Presidents. Your tour guides, Dr. James Senefeld and Dr. Barry Gidcomb, will take you to Washington's Mt. Vernon, Jefferson's Monticello, Madison's Montpelier, the birthplace of John Adams and the Old House at Peace Field.

Protest Music of the 60's will take place on Thursday, December 3. Hoyt Gardner and Thomas Flagel will revisit turbulent times in a multimedia presentation illuminating the youth-driven anti-Vietnam War protests of the 60's. A panel of Columbia State faculty will also share their memories of the era.

Celebrating Our American Heritage is an annual series of presentations sponsored by the Columbia State Department of History designed to illuminate the past and enhance our understanding of the present.

The Ledbetter Auditorium is located in the Clement building on Columbia State's Columbia Campus.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee's first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.