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Fall 2015 Schedule


Winchester May Have Won the West, but Hardware Built It |Tom Basore

Tuesdays, September 15, 22 & 29 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Villa Life Center Chapel, 200 W. Cedar, Hesston

This course explores the unique role wholesale hardware companies played in taming the American West by examining the history of hardware distribution. We will discuss the early years of this developing phenomenon prior to the Civil War, the post-war industrial boom, unparalleled innovation and birth of an industry. With particular attention to the hardware manufacturers and distributors in St. Louis, we will see the results produced by a few intensely creative visionaries whose influence is still visible in modern business practices.

Tom Basore is a 25-year collector of historical hardware items, documents, photography, and history. He is a founding member and past president of The Hardware Companies Kollectors Klub established in 1995. He is employed as Executive Chef for Bluestem Communities and Manger of Water's Edge Restaurant.

Ethiopia: Garden of Eden and the New Jerusalem | Herb Smith, Ph.D.

Fridays, October 9, 16 & 23 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Villa Life Center Chapel, 200 W. Cedar, Hesston

In Homer's Iliad, Zeus travels to Ethiopia for his banquets. Herodotus called it the "land of the gods." Many Egyptian cultural traditions started in Ethiopia. Obelisks larger than Egypt, cave monasteries, monolithic churches carved deep into the earth - the Ethiopian landscape is laced with archeological wonders. One of them is Lalibela, considered to be the New Jerusalem of Africa. From the legendary stories about the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant, we will explore the rich folklore and spectacular cultural sites of Ethiopia.

Herb Smith, Ph.D., who teaches in the Philosphy/Religion Department at McPherson College, takes students to Ethiopia every year. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Penn State and is widely published in international journals.

History's Great Composers | Jessica Hartke

Fridays, October 30, November 6 & 13 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Menno Hall, Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Dr., North Newton

Our daily lives are filled with music. It permeates our ears in grocery stores, soaks through the words in radio advertisements, and saturates the soundscapes of television and movies. Join us as we discover how the music of Western civilization has advanced to become the sounds we hear today. Starting with Gregorian chants and ending with John Williams, we will learn how music has transformed through the ages. Discover how composers have changed and been changed by their cultural landscape. Learn and listen to the amazing works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Bernstein - and many in between!

Jessica Hartke holds both a bachelor's degree in Music Performance and a Masters of Music from Wichita State University. She is currently a music instructor at Sterling College and maintains a studio of pianos and flute students of all ages. She also performs throughout the Wichita area in a variety of chamber music settings.

Bluestem Communities is a family of progressive retirement communities dedicated to improving quality of life and providing residential choices, community services, and personalized care with Christian compassion.

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