Senior Learning Network

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.
If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Patty Ciernia at 664-3709

SLN – Virtual Tour with National Air And Space Museum (Va)

Tuesday, May 24
1:00-2:00pm

Our own personal docent will take us on a tour of the National Air and Space Museum’s one-of-a-kind collections! Hundreds of historically significant air and spacecraft, along with thousands of small artifacts, are on display in an open, hangar-like setting. Highlights in this companion museum to the one in DC is the Space Shuttle Discovery; B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay; Concorde, Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird; Boeing Stratoliner.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity: 10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: 103

SLN – James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Tuesday, June 7
1:00-2:00pm

At first glance, Abraham Lincoln and James A. Garfield have some obvious similarities: they were both bearded Republican presidents struck down by assassins.  But there’s much more to the story than that!  Lincoln and Garfield knew one another and shared many similar views.  In fact, without Lincoln’s intervention, James Garfield might never have served in Congress or become President of the United States.  But there were also some stark differences between the two as well, and Garfield privately expressed frustration with President Lincoln.  This presentation will explore many of the similarities and differences between the nation’s sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln, and its twentieth President, James A. Garfield.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103

SLN – Exploring Lincoln In Washington: National Mall and Fords Theatre

Tuesday, June 14
1:00-2:00pm

Ford’s Theatre and The National Mall and Memorial Parks join forces to explore what Washington, D.C., was like for President Lincoln and how the city has grown and changed over time. Examine places that mattered to Lincoln during his lifetime and places where he matters to us today, including the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theatre. In this interactive program, participants will look closely at historic and contemporary images of Washington D.C. including maps, photographs and illustrations.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103

SLN – Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Tuesday, June 21
1:00-2:00pm

The building of the Casa Grande was a major event of the Classic Period (1100 – 1450 C.E.). The best dating methods available indicate that this large, caliche structure was built during the 1300’s. The construction appears to have been well planned and organized, requiring tons of material and a huge cooperative effort on the part of many people. Today we can only marvel at the Casa Grande and try to imagine what it was used for. Though many theories have been suggested, we still aren’t sure as to its purpose. All we can assume is that the Casa Grande must have been very important to the people who built it. Join us as we learn about this fascinating mystery in Arizona!

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103

SLN – Truman Presidential Library: The Upset of The Century

Tuesday, June 28
1:00-2:00pm

“The Upset of the Century: The 1948 Election”
Truman’s approval in 1948 was at an all-time low. Still, he enjoyed being President. He threw himself into the challenge of his long-shot reelection bid with confidence and verve. His aggressive cross-country “Whistle Stop” campaign began nearly broke.

Defections by southern “Dixiecrats” on the right and Henry Wallace supporters on the left endangered the party. Yet these setbacks only energized Truman. He predicted victory using his own electoral calculation.

Flanked by Bess “The Boss” Truman and crowd favorite Margaret, he crisscrossed the country three times by train. He met with midwestern farmers and cheering crowds in Harlem. He stressed high prices and housing. He attacked the “Do Northing” 80th Congress. In the last, campaign where television did not play a role, Truman spoke directly to the voters.

His win over the heavily favored Republican candidate, Thomas Dewey was one of the greatest upsets in U.S. political history.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103

SLN – The Energy Crisis- (of the 70s) Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Tuesday, July 5
1:00-2:00pm

Have you heard the phrase: “not since the ‘70s”? On February 2, 1977, less than two weeks after assuming the Presidency, Jimmy Carter addressed the nation in a televised “fireside chat” to speak to Americans about the looming Energy Crisis. What tools and resources does the Constitution provide the Executive branch to take on such a crisis? What role do the other branches of government play? This program will examine the 39th President’s response to this crisis through the lens of primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103

SLN – John Muir National Historic Site

Tuesday, July 12
1:00-2:00pm

Located in Martinez, California, the John Muir National Historic Site and National Historic Landmark is where Muir lived and worked during the period of his greatest influence in conservation. Muir’s marriage to Louisa (Louie) Strentzel in 1880 and role in the management of her family’s extensive fruit ranch provided him with the financial security, social connections, and support necessary to commit himself to the movement. From his “scribble den” on the second floor of the Victorian-Italianate Strentzel-Muir house, Muir mounted letter writing campaigns and penned his most important books including The Mountains of California (1894) and Our National Parks (1901). Muir’s writing and advocacy during his years in Martinez were instrumental to the establishment of early national parks and forest reserves. The Muir Home also offers opportunities to grapple with critical interpretations of Muir’s life and legacy. The property reveals tensions and intersections between the various sides of Muir as the solitary mountaineer, the wealthy grower and family breadwinner, and the passionate advocate for nature.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103

SLN – “Making Her Mark” Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Tuesday, July 19
1:00-2:00pm

Join us as we enjoy a new presentation from Amon Carter! Explore works by women artists in the Carter’s collection who have demonstrated courageous talent despite adversity and made their mark in the art world.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103

SLN – Gateway Arch National Park

Tuesday, July 26
1:00-2:00pm

The process of creating the Gateway Arch took many years before its completion in 1965. In this virtual program, a National Park Ranger will share Eero Saarinen’s story and take us back to the 1960s to learn about the process of conceiving, designing, and building the tallest national monument in the United States.

Gateway Arch National Park is an American national park located in St. Louis, Missouri, near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  103