|Meeting Day||3rd Thursday.|
|Time||2.00 - 3.30|
|Location||Abbot Hall Social Centre|
|Co-ordinator(s)||Mike Adams & Terry Lambert|
We are a small group, slowly working our way through the history of this complex country. We are working in roughly chronological order and each month, one or two of our members lead a discussion – usually on a historical event or period. But we have also looked at broader topics such as language development, immigration and the relationship between State and Federal government. This last topic keeps cropping up as the background to many of the events that have taken place over the last several hundred years
American history is the subject of so many stories and films that we think we already understand what happened – but maybe the truth has got lost in the myths. For example, the session on Cowboys highlighted some common misrepresentations – if only in the clothing worn in so many of the films and TV programmes of our youth!
I would sincerely like to thank all those members of our group for providing such interesting talks for the last 3 months, and for our future programme - we have a very keen and knowledgeable group.
The programme for the next few months is as follows:-
17th January – “Mail order Brides” – Mary Christian
21st February – “Buffalo Bill” – Ben Goodman
21st March – “American National Parks” – Sue and Keith Duncan
18th April – “Thomas Jefferson and the Doctrine of Discovery” – Mike Christian
16th May – “American Expeditionary Force – a Personal Archive” – Terry Lambert
20th June – “John Paul Jones” – Jackie Hinton
We have had an enjoyable and varied set of talks in April (Jambalaya Crawfish Pie File Gumbo), May (Atlantic Crossings), and June (The Death Valley National Park)
We must now say many thanks and goodbye to David Bryce, as he is moving to Nairn on 17th July - we wish David and Christine all the best for the future
19th July – “19th Century Immigration from Europe/Ellis Island” – Mary Christian
16th August – “The American Expeditionary Force – A Family Archive up to 29th July 1918” – Terry Lambert
20th September – “Richard Nixon” – Mike Christian
18th October – “The Assassination of Lincoln” – Ruth Counsel
15th November – “The Holywood Musical : A History” – Ben Goodman
13th December – Christmas Party
We have recently held three very interesting meetings and our Christmas party in December.
We have had talks on ‘Dorothea Lange – Photographer during the Depression’ and ‘Andrew Jackson’, whose career in Law, Politics and the Army were destined to lead him to the Presidency of the US in 1828.
We have also had a talk on ‘The Broadway Musicals: A History’.
19 Apr - ‘Jambalaya Crawfish Pie File Gumbo’ - Malcolm McIver
17 May - ‘Atlantic Crossings’ - Terry McIntee
21 June - ‘Death Valley’ - Mike Adams
9 July - ‘19th Century Immigration from Europe/Ellis Island’ - Mary Christian
We have recently had two very good talks given by members of the group on Susan B Anthony - US Womens Suffrage ,and George Bent - a man in two worlds (The White man's and the Cheyenne)
16th November – “Dorothea Lange - Photographer during the Depression” – Mary Christian
14th December – A Christmas Quiz
18th January – “Andrew Jackson” – David Bryce
15th February – “The Broadway Musicals: A History” – Ben Goodman
15th March – “The Quakers” – Tom Watson
19th April – “Jambalaya Crawfish Pie File Gumbo” – Malcolm McIvor
17th May – “Death Valley” – Mike Adams