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American History

Meeting Details

Meeting Day3rd Thursday.
Time2.00 - 3.30
LocationAbbot Hall Social Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Mike Adams & Terry Lambert

What we do

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!


November 2018

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

August 2018

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

Future meetings:

May 2018

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’.

Future meetings:-

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

November 2017

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)

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