Freeport, Illinois — An American history seminar touring through Illinois community colleges that recounts the past 100 years in photos, Hollywood film clips and music in three hours will be presented by the Lifelong Learning department at Highland Community College March 22 starting at 1 pm. Everyone is invited to register to attend.
“U.S. History and Today” features 600 historic photographs and 44 popular film and music clips that highlight American life between 1914 and present day. Topics range from both World Wars and The Great Depression to the turbulent 1960s and presidential elections. Entertainment highlights include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Elvis Presley, Emma Stone, scenes from “Back to the Future, “The Andy Griffith Show” and more.
“It’s American history at high speed,” said one attendee, who applauded the mix of hard-hitting fact-based history and pop culture. Reviews from showings at five Illinois community colleges to date have been enthusiastic.
The show is presented by John LeGear, a builder and promoter of national not-for-profit organizations who turned his attention to American history late in his career. He employed skills acquired as a journalist, photographer, video editor and public speaker to assemble the presentation over two years. LeGear said he created the show to lend balance and historical perspective to today’s rollercoaster ride of news events.
“American history in hindsight—in this case presented year-to-year in chronological order since World War I—provides a clearer picture of the past,” LeGear said. “It helps us identify patterns of human behavior that can teach us to make wiser choices…decisions that will surely shape the way Americans will live in the future.”
The seminar is suitable for audiences of high school age and over. Senior citizens have been especially appreciative of the show, often describing it as “a walk down memory lane.”
“U.S. History and Today” is a visually-rich three-hour seminar being presented at 15 Illinois community colleges through this summer. The show will be held at Highland’s Student Conference Center (Room H-201A) on Thursday, March 22 from 1 to 4 pm.
The registration fee is $20. To register online, visit www.highland.edu/admissions/communityed.asp or call the Admissions department at 815-599-3414.