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  • Donut Make Your Wonder - Cuba: A Diverse and Fascinating Island Country

    Cuba: A Diverse and Fascinating Island Country Sample the sights of this intriguing country: Old Havanna, the picturesque Vinales Valley, countryside, sea turtles and beaches. Find out about rural and city life, culture, political structure, the tourist situation and the arts. Our presenter LeeAnn Landstrom is the retired director and naturalist of Eastman Nature Center, Three Rivers Park District. She has traveled to numerous countries and has given many well-received travelogues. She is co-author of the Nature’s Yucky! childrens’ book series.
  • Influential Women in American History #2 - NEW! (Spring)

    Doug Ohman will continue to highlight the lives of some women who left a positive mark on our history. The talk will highlight approximately 15 women, from Harriet Tubman to Laura Ingalls Wilder. He will include some women whose stories have been forgotten by most Americans.
  • Islam: Faith & Culture - NEW!

    Who Are Our Neighbors? Our community is always changing. New immigrants bring new foods, languages and traditions. The contributions that various people and cultures make to our society continue to expand and strengthen our community. In these monthly sessions, you have the opportunity to increase your understanding of a local immigrant culture or minority group which is an integral part of the fabric of our community. This series is provided as a collaboration between Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education and Achievement and Integration, Careers and Colleges. Islam: Faith and Culture Did you know that Islam shares its roots with Christianity and Judaism? Join us to learn more about the culture and religion of Islam. Learn about mosques, religious holidays and Muslim women who immigrated to Minnesota.
  • Online: A Look Back: Stories From the Attic - NEW!

    Did you know that people used to use stacks of newspaper as insulation in the house walls? In once instance, a bunch of newspapers from the 1940’s were found tucked in the walls of the attic! Look at the headlines of the day; what was being advertised; and the ever-popular comics section. Amateur historian Jay Grammond will weave together these pieces to take you on a virtual walk back in time.
  • Online: Baking Sweet Potato Comfort Pies with Rose McGee (Winter)

    Bake online with Ms. Rose McGee, an inspiring force of unity awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship Award! She donates her amazing Sweet Potato Comfort Pies, a traditional African-American dessert, to bring comfort across communities. First, log on to bake a traditional sweet potato pie with Ms Rose McGee. Then, log on to reflect on the experience of donating your pie. Sponsors include the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission.
  • Online: British Heritage - NEW!

    British Heritage is the branch of government responsible for the care and preservation of places and items of historic significance, regardless of their location. Discover how this national system came to be, the pros and cons, as well as the elaborate operations necessary for the Heritage to function.
  • Online: Congrats, You Wrote a Book during a Pandemic. Now what?

    The demand for online books is at an all-time high. Authors can now produce a finished, professional-quality print book at less out-of-pocket expense and take advantage of new ways to promote and sell to a worldwide audience. Learn about every stage of the self-publishing process: creation, publication, distribution, promotion/marketing and sales. This course includes a 12-page guide on how to publish and sell your print book.
  • Online: Donut Make You Wonder - Minnesota Woman Suffrage and the New Woman (1890-1915)

    As the 20th century dawned, the decades-long drive for the vote was a major factor, but far from the only one, in the broader Woman’s Rights Movement. The emerging “New Woman,” notes one historian, “always referred to women who exercised control over their own lives be it personal, social or economic.” From the independence they demanded, the clothes they wore, and the causes for which they fought, to the personal freedom they brandished, these women expected no less than civil and personal rights equal to those of men. Learn from historian and author Frederick Johnson’s article on Minnesota women voting rights, a feature October 2020 Minnesota History double issue on woman suffrage.
  • Online: Genealogy - Effective Use of familysearch.org

    A popular free resource for researching family history, familysearch.org is well-known to genealogists. Learn how to take advantage of all its features. Explore how to use the wiki, non-indexed digital resources, communities, collections, books and more. Surprise your family with what you find!
  • Online: Genetic Genealogy

    Genetic genealogy adds a new dimension to family history research. It provides concrete biological grounding that can be used to confirm your paper trail, identify new lines of research, and connect you to previously unknown family members and more. Learn the basics of biology that apply, as well as practical advice on testing options and interpretation of results.
  • Online: How to Travel Free and Safe - NEW!

    We're ready to get back to our travels! When is it safe to travel? Where can I go? How do I travel for free? World traveler Gina Henry shows you how to prepare for the new travel normal including tips on safety, trip insurance and other strategies. Discover over 200 ways to travel free. Fee includes Gina’s 100-page ebook How to Travel Free & Safe (retail value $39.95).
  • Online: James Bond - 50 Years of 007 - NEW!

    Explore the history of James Bond, from his literary origins to recent films, using rarely-seen film clips, photographs, and more. Learn where the name came from, which Hollywood actor was originally cast to play Bond, and the surprising lyrics to the famous theme song! All of this is “for your eyes only” during your mission with Agent 007.
  • Online: Local Author Series - Hidden Recipes

    Before the Second World War, Ica (Elena) and Ernő (Ernest) each lived a comfortable life in Czechoslovakia. Their lives were shattered by Nazi cruelty, prejudice and devastation. Ica secretly wrote down hundreds of recipes that she and her fellow inmates shared about their lives when food was abundant before the war. Ironically, many of the delectable recipes were written on the reverse sides of papers that carried information about ammunition that was manufactured and used to annihilate the Jews during the Holocaust. Ernő spent several years in various Hungarian forced labor units, where he was required to perform strenuous manual labor. He courageously escaped with the help of righteous people, which saved his life. Hidden Recipes is a story of endurance, will to survive, courage, faith and finding joy and happiness again.
  • Online: Minnesota From the Road - Arrowhead and Iron Range Tour - NEW!

    Travel with photographer/storyteller Doug Ohman as he photographs many of Minnesota’s most interesting landmarks and Icons. Doug will share the stories of how these landmarks became so famous. His pictures and stories are sure to entertain, help relive memories, and bring new interest in future road trips around our great state. Arrowhead and Iron Range Tour Explore sites along the North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border. On the return trip we will make virtual stops at many locations throughout the historic Iron Range, including the world's largest Iron ore mine. Don't miss this opportunity to see our great state from the comfort of your home!
  • Online: Minnesota from the Road - Bluff Country Tour - NEW!

    Travel with photographer/storyteller Doug Ohman as he photographs many of Minnesota’s most interesting landmarks and Icons. Doug will share the stories of how these landmarks became so famous. His pictures and stories are sure to entertain, help relive memories, and bring new interest in future road trips around our great state. Bluff Country Tour Road trip into one of the most scenic areas of Minnesota. Loaded with history, this tour is a favorite of many. From Red Wing to Winona, we will travel the Great River Road with a lot of fascinating virtual detours and stops including Northfield and the historic orphanage in Owatonna.
  • Online: Minnesota from the Road - Minneapolis Urban Gems - NEW!

    Travel with photographer/storyteller Doug Ohman as he photographs many of Minnesota’s most interesting landmarks and Icons. Doug will share the stories of how these landmarks became so famous. His pictures and stories are sure to entertain, help relive memories, and bring new interest in future road trips around our great state. Urban Gems (Minneapolis) Sit back and enjoy a virtual trip around Minneapolis and its suburbs through photographs and stories. See familiar and not-so-familiar sites including some of the oldest buildings on the University of Minnesota campus.
  • Online: Minnesota from the Road - Southern Prairie Tour - NEW!

    Travel with photographer/storyteller Doug Ohman as he photographs many of Minnesota’s most interesting landmarks and Icons. Doug will share the stories of how these landmarks became so famous. His pictures and stories are sure to entertain, help relive memories, and bring new interest in future road trips around our great state. Southern Prairie Tour Enjoy the history along the Minnesota River as we make our way to Pipestone and other interesting towns and sites. From an old sod house to historic Fort Ridgley, the beauty of the prairie will certainly capture your interest.
  • Online: The Wars of the Roses -NEW!

    Examine the period of English history marked by a series of civil wars for the English throne between the House of Lancaster (red rose) and the House of York (white rose). Follow the historical twists and turns until the Houses were reconciled under the Tudor Dynasty.
  • Online: Two Princes in the Tower - NEW!

    Upon the death of King Edward the IV of England, his two young sons Edward V and Richard were brought to the Tower of London in preparation for Edward’s crowning. However, their guardian Richard III ascended the throne and the boys disappeared. Discover what is known and speculated about this mysterious and devious time in British history.
  • Online: We Love Lucy: The Lucille Ball Story - NEW!

    Spend an hour with America’s favorite redhead in this great class about the life and career of Lucille Ball. You’ll learn all about how Lucy became Hollywood’s Queen of the B Movies, how she met Desi Arnaz, and how the two of them created I Love Lucy and a whole host of television innovations still in use today!
  • Online: Women in Politics

    Who Are Our Neighbors? Our community is always changing. New immigrants bring new foods, languages and traditions. The contributions that various people and cultures make to our society continue to expand and strengthen our community. In these monthly sessions, you have the opportunity to increase your understanding of a local immigrant culture or minority group which is an integral part of the fabric of our community. This series is provided as a collaboration between Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education and Achievement and Integration, Careers and Colleges. Women in Politics From suffragettes to modern feminists, women and men have fought long and hard for women’s right to vote and hold office. Progress has been slow and uneven when it comes to women in politics. In 2020, more women than ever ran for public office. Explore the barriers and deeply-ingrained stereotypes that local women candidates face.
  • Online: Donut Make You Wonder: 1936 Berlin Olympics - Nazi Games

    1936 Berlin Olympics - Nazi Games The 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin are notorious for the tightly-controlled image the Nazis presented to the world. These Games also became a blueprint for future Games that is followed to the present day. David Jones will share the history of the Olympics and the complicated legacy of the 1936 Games.
  • Online: Hmong Immigration: A Minnesota Story - NEW!

    Who Are Our Neighbors? Our community is always changing. New immigrants bring new foods, languages and traditions. The contributions that various people and cultures make to our society continue to expand and strengthen our community. In these monthly sessions, you have the opportunity to increase your understanding of a local immigrant culture or minority group which is an integral part of the fabric of our community. This series is provided as a collaboration between Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education and Achievement and Integration, Careers and Colleges. In 1975 the first Hmong arrived in Minnesota. A distinct ethnic group with ancient roots in China, they were refugees from the wars ravaging their homeland in Laos. Today the Twin Cities metro is home to the largest concentration of Hmong in America. Learn about their endeavors, accomplishments and contributions to our community.
  • Online: How Did We Get Here? How Racially-Restrictive Covenants Shaped the West Metro (Spring)

    The City of Golden Valley recently launched the Just Deeds Project to highlight the purposeful use of discriminatory covenants in the City’s development. The project aims to educate the community about how this form of racism shaped the West Metro. Join us to learn more and what you can do. Sponsored by the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission.