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 – SLN Powerful Partnerships- Civil War Era Couples: National Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, October 4
1:00-2:00pm

Long before the term “power couple” found its way into English lexicon, dynamic duos had been making their mark on U.S. history. “Powerful Partnerships: Civil War-Era Couples” sheds light on the stories and faces of five couples whose work and lives shaped the nation around them during tumultuous times. Featuring photography by the iconic Mathew Brady Studio, the exhibition introduces visitors to the exploits of Nathaniel and Mary Banks, John and Jessie Frémont, Ulysses and Julia Grant, George and Ellen McClellan, and Charles and Lavinia Stratton (better known to the public as Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb).

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

SLN – Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelts Birthday with the FDR Presidential Library and Museum!

Tuesday, October 11
1:00-2:00pm

Eleanor Roosevelt, Tireless Advocate for Change. Having been First Lady for 12 years, and then pursuing a career as a social activist for 17 years on her own, Eleanor Roosevelt had a tremendous impact on the social conditions in this country, and around the world. This session explores some of the causes to which she lent her considerable skills and encouragement.

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

SLN – Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, DC

Tuesday, October 18
1:00-2:00pm

“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”  Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity. Douglass’s legacy is preserved here at Cedar Hill, where he lived his last 17 years.

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

SLN – The Tabors: An Epic Tale of the West National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

Tuesday, October 25
1:00-2:00pm

H.A.W Tabor lived the 19th century dream migrating to the west and finding wealth.  After working as a stone cutter he moved west from Maine with an abolitionist party He took up a farm in Kansas.  In 1855 he married a longtime sweet heart Augusta Pierce and brought her from Maine to the Kansas farm.  In 1859 they joined the Pikes Peak gold rush. The family’ including Augusta and their 1 1/2-year-old son Maxcy traveled 600 miles in a covered wagon to Auraria, now Denver, Colorado where they struck it rich in near what is now Leadville, Colorado. According to the 1860 census Augusta was one of 36 women and 2000 men in the gulch.  They stayed in the area where he, Augusta and Maxcy were successful in business and mining.  In 1874 silver was discovered in the area.  By the end of 1878 H.A.W. had accumulated immense wealth from his mining interests.  He was elected Lt. Governor of Colorado and served a brief term as U. S. Senator.  In 1883 he divorced Augusta his wife of 26 years and married Elizabeth Bonduel McCourt Doe (later known as Baby Doe) 24 years his junior.  Stay tuned for the fascinating “rest of the story!”

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

SLN – Everglades 101- LIVE from Everglades National Park

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

Join us as we take a live tour with a park ranger from the Everglades National Park!
Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
An international treasure as well as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.

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

SLN – Flight 93 National Memorial- America Attacked

Tuesday, November 8
1:00-2:00pm

On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act.

The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is located near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed along with it 40 crew members and staff.  “America Attacked” is the story of Flight 93 and 9/11/11, telling the story of what happened on the plane using eyewitness accounts. The passengers and crew along with the terrorist, what is heard on the cock pit voice recorder (black box) and what was recorded on answering machines, and the interviews with the family members conducted by the FBI.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  10
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  102

SLN – LBJ Presidential Library and Museum Virtual Tour

Tuesday, November 15
1:00-2:00pm

Join staff and tour docents from the LBJ Presidential Library to learn more about how our nation still feels the impact of President Johnson’s legislative legacy and have an inside look into the LBJ Presidential Library itself.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed over 1000 bills into law during his five years in office – including the Civil Rights Act (1964), the Voting Rights Act (1965), the Medicare Amendment to the Social Security Act (1965), the Immigration and Nationality Act (1965), and hundreds of other landmark laws. In addition, he advocated for education, the arts, creating a Great Society for all Americans, and environmental beautification.

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

SLN – Valley Forge National Historic Park

Tuesday, November 22
1:00-2:00pm

When the Continental Army marches into Valley Forge on December 19th, 1777, there have already been two and a half years of the American Revolutionary War. The most recent, mostly unsuccessful Philadelphia Campaign led to the British capture of the American capital, Philadelphia. Learn why the Americans choose Valley Forge as their strategic winter encampment, what happens during the six months after marching in, and what the reorganization, resupply, and rest do for the Continentals as they continue the war for another five years.

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

SLN – The Printing Museum

Tuesday, November 29
1:00-2:00pm

What is printing, and what is its historical impact? In what ways do we continue to see its effect today? Take a virtual trip to The Printing Museum and explore the earliest examples of writing, illuminated texts, and modern-day machines. Learn about the integral role printing had in transforming societies as we journey through the Renaissance, Colonial America, Texas independence from Mexico, and a mid-century newsroom. With demos on the Gutenberg and Columbus presses, visitors can learn the mechanics of printing and its dynamic influence on history, fine art, and communications.

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

SLN – FDR Presidential Library and Museum: Christmas at the White House!

Tuesday, December 6
1:00-2:00pm

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:  102

SLN – The National Archives: “Rightfully Hers”

Tuesday, December 13
1:00-2:00pm

Join us from The National Archives as they share about the American Women and the Fight for the Vote!

Using the founding documents of the United States and records of the National Archives, we will learn about how and why women fought for the right to vote. We will explore the challenges suffragists faced and discover why the fight for women’s voting rights persisted even after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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

SLN – Virtual Tour of St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (Mt. Vernon NY)

Tuesday, December 20
1:00-2:00pm

With images, documents and live narration, the tour explores the historic significance and cultural features of the 18th century masonry church, which was utilized as a hospital by both sides during the Revolutionary War, and the historic cemetery at St. Paul’s, among the nation’s oldest, continuously used burial yards.  We also explore a landmark, open air election at St. Paul’s in 1733, which raised issues of freedom of religion, assembly and the press, heralding the importance of those themes in the development of democracy in America.

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