Daytime Classes: Battle Creek

Battle Creek classes are held in the Lane-Thomas Building, Room 304 on KCC’s Main Campus, unless otherwise specified in the class description.

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The Forgotten Wars of the United States
The United States gained its freedom from England through war, but it took a Civil War to become one nation. Our country helped secure Democracy in defeating Germany and the Axis in World War I and led the world to victory in World War II. It is commonly said that those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it. If that’s the case, how much do most of us know about a number of other important yet often overlooked wars? In this class we’ll explore the War of 1812, the Texas War with Mexico, the Mexican American War, the War with Spain, and the Korean War. What started these wars, what were their major battles, and how did they affect the history of the United States? Your instructor, Terry Newton, will lead you on a journey back through history to better understand these forgotten wars.

Thursdays * 10/25/18-11/1/18 * 10 am-12 pm * $25 (member) $45 (non-member)
HSTY CB004-51 * Terry Newton * Room: LT-304


Beginning Genealogy
Learn where to look for information, what kind of information to search for, and how to organize what is uncovered so it can be built upon later. During class your instructor will visit online resources that can be accessed later that contain amazing information about your lineage! NOTE: This class will be demonstration only.

Mondays * 10/29/18-11/5/18 * 1-3 pm * $20 (member) $40 (non-member)
HSTY CE004-50 * Gordon Mitchell * Room: LT-304


Great Fires of America
Most people have heard of the famous fires in Chicago and San Francisco, but others that had a major impact have been largely forgotten. Have you ever heard of the Peshtigo and Hinckley fire? What about Coconut Grove or Our Lady of Angels? These fires as well as others that occurred outdoors, in workplaces, in entertainment venues, and on bodies of water will be included in this class. Come learn about little known yet important historical fires and what makes them worth understanding today.

Wednesdays * 11/7/18-11/14/18 * 1-3 pm * $20 (member) $40 (non-member)
HSTY CB004-52 * Jody Owens * Room: LT-304


Understanding Self-Publishing
There is a book inside of everyone, whether it is another great American novel, or your memoir to give as a gift or leave as a keepsake. This class focuses on a way to produce economical publications, including free ISBN, bar-coding, listing on Amazon, international pricing, and converting to e-book formats. Just upload your document and they take care of printing, distribution, shipping, and taxes, leaving you to collect the royalties!

Thursday * 11/15/18 * 1-2 pm * $10 (member) $30 (non-member)
WRTG CI002-50 * Jim Jackson * Room: LT-304


Project Gutenberg: More Than Just Free Books
The Internet has brought the world many things, but one that really stands out, is making the world’s culture more accessible to the population. Projects that would have seemed impossible 20 years ago are now being accomplished in the blink of an eye. Google Books is legally scanning every book they can get their hands on and the Internet Archive is digitizing every public domain movie, song, book, and webpage. However, when it comes to books, one of the major players is Project Gutenberg.

Monday * 11/19/18 * 10 am-12 pm * $15 (member) $35 (non-member)
COMP CL002-50 * Randy Dirks * Room: LT-304


The American Side Show
This infamous phenomenon is something we have all heard about, but how many people have actually seen a circus side show displaying oddities and unusual performers? What oddities were really displayed at these shows? What stories were told about these performers? What was the REAL story behind these people and their lives? In this class you will learn about people like Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins; Schlitzie, The Last of the Aztecs; General Tom Thumb, who was two feet tall; Frank Lentini, the three-legged man; Lionel the lion-faced man; Ella Harper, the Camel girl; Isaac Sprague, the living skeleton; Annie Jones, the bearded lady; and Prince Randion, the human caterpillar.

Tuesdays * 11/27/18-12/4/18 * 1-3 pm * $20 (member) $40 (non-member)
HSTY CB004-53 * Jody Owens * Room: LT-304