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 – Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Tuesday, November 2
1:00-2:00pm

From January 20, 1953-January 20, 1961 Dwight D Eisenhower served two terms as President of the United States; brought armistice to Korean War; promoted Atoms for Peace; dealt with crises in Lebanon, Suez, Berlin, and Hungary and established the U.S. Information Agency.  But did you know he also created the Federal Council on Aging? As President he also saw Alaska and Hawaii become states; signed the 1957 Civil Rights Act, the first civil rights legislation since end of Civil War; sent federal troops to enforce court-ordered integration of Little Rock Central High School and signed the bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Join us at the Presidential Library and Museum as we discover more about our 34th President.

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

SLN – National Museum of the Pacific War

Tuesday, November 9
1:00-2:00pm

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we will take a return visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War. This is always a favorite live tour!
Come and experience key events, numerous artifacts and hear more stories of those that served in the Pacific or the Home Front during WWII. Staff members will take you an island hoping journey from Pearl Harbor to the surrender of Japan as they move through the George H.W. Bush Gallery.

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

SLN – Elephant Sanctuary

Tuesday, November 16
1:00-2:00pm

It’s time to re-visit the amazing elephants and hear their stories as we gain an understanding of how they are cared for in captivity. Your audience will foster compassion for animals and an awareness of animal welfare by hearing about the life stories of our resident elephants. We also discuss what goes into caring for the elephants at The Sanctuary, hopefully inspiring the next generation of animal caregivers.

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

SLN – Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

Tuesday, November 23
1:00-2:00pm

Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874–October 20, 1964), mining engineer, humanitarian, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the 31st President of the United States.  In addition to public service, Hoover devoted his post-Presidential years to social causes such as the Boys Clubs of America and the Hoover Institution, a research center he had established on the Stanford campus in 1919. He also wrote more than 40 books during those years.

Hoover’s attention returned to Iowa late in the 1950s when he agreed to allow friends and associates to construct a “Presidential library” near the site of his birthplace. Hoover insisted that the building be modest in size in accordance with scale of the other buildings in the community. The former President made his last visit to Iowa on August 10, 1962, to dedicate that building to the American people. Join us at the Presidential Library and Museum to discover more!

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

SLN – National Museum of Toys and Miniatures Holiday Tour

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

What could be more fun than to spend the holidays at a Toy Museum? Join us as we take another visit to The Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City, KS.

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

SLN – New River Gorge National Park

Thursday, December 9
1:00-2:00pm

We’re off to to see America’s Newest National Park in “Wild Wonderful” West Virginia. In December 2020, this 73,000-acre slice of paradise, encompassing a whitewater river, limestone cliffs and deep canyons, became the country’s newest national park.
The lifeblood of the park is the New River, and despite its name it is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the world. For more than 260 million years, it has run northeasterly from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, through southwest Virginia and into West Virginia, cutting through the Appalachian Plateau and joining with the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River in south-central West Virginia. Join us as discover the breathtaking beauty of this park, and see for yourself why it is referred to as “Almost Heaven” !

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

SLN – Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

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

We have another Presidential library on our list!  Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is located within the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, which includes the Clinton Foundation (Little Rock office) and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. In addition to the archival collections and research facilities, the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum features exhibits that utilize documents, photographs, videos and interactive stations. The museum includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room.  A timeline and alcoves highlight domestic and foreign policy, while other exhibits focus on life in the White House.

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

SLN – FDR Presidential Library and Museum

Thursday, December 16
1:00-2:00pm

Christmas at the White House! If you have ever heard Jeff Urbin share about Christmas at the Roosevelt White House, you’ll know he has plenty to say! There’s always something new to learn, and we’ll have lots of fun while we’re at it.  Join us for our last program of the year celebrating the holidays with the Roosevelts!

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