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HACC, Gettysburg Campus presents Community Education Day

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Community Education Day features coffee and donuts, a bagged lunch and three class selections.

Review the course offerings for each session time and choose a first and second choice.




9-10:30 a.m. (SESSION I)


Become a Dementia Friend in Pennsylvania (92366)
Developed by the Alzheimer's Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in Pennsylvania. This session will help you understand what dementia is and how it affects people by covering five key messages about dementia and then turning that understanding into practical action. Upon completion of the session you will be recognized as a Dementia Friend in Pennsylvania!

Instructor: Jennifer Holcomb, Director of Memory Support, Room 138

The Prelude to Civil War- (92367)
This session covers the events leading up to the conflict itself - from the Constitution to the eve of war. We will discuss the situations and the events that pushed both sides into a radical position within their respective spheres. Polarization is not new and in this instance led to four years of bloody Civil War. In fact, the conflict begins earlier than most perceive.

Instructor: Michael McCloskey, HACC History Faculty, Room 144


Perspectives of Civil War Medicine: from the Practitioner and the Soldier– (92368)
This session contrasts the perspective of the Civil War medical practitioner and the patient soldier. We will discuss the many advances in medical practice of the mid-19th century, including examples of actual medical devices (replica) and first person accounts of soldiers who were patients in a Gettysburg Civil War field hospital. We will share their encounters with the military medical system of their day.

Instructor: Tom Laser, Christ Lutheran, and Virgil Gibson, HACC Faculty, Room 145

Tales of Gettysburg's Other History (part 1)– (92369)
We will look at Gettysburg from a completely different perspective. On this bus tour, you will visit locations NOT pertaining to Civil War. See how Boy Scouts were given a challenging task during the 1938 Civil War Veterans Reunion. Hear how POW's were brought to Gettysburg and ended up feeding our soldiers. See the spot where an accidental broadcast caused panic in downtown Gettysburg. Lastly, discover a connection between the Alamo in Texas and Gettysburg. Participants will board the HACC bus accompanied by the instructor. Seating is limited and will be assigned on a first come basis. This bus tour program is limited to 14 people.

Instructor: Tara Wenzel, Master Instructor Department of Defense (Retired). Meet in the HUB.

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (SESSION II)


The War We Know: The Civil War in the East- (92370)
This session visits the Civil War most of us may be thinking of when we have a picture of that conflict in our minds. This would entail the official beginnings from Fort Sumter to the end, when Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. We will discuss the commanders, battles, and progression of events that made up the American Civil War in the East.

Instructor: Michael McCloskey, HACC History Faculty, Room 144

Jump Start Your Novel - (92371)
Get started on writing a novel. Get ready to write your first draft by developing characters, viewpoint, and a setting that are strong enough to carry a novel. You will also consider other elements, such as setting up the big scenes, pacing the story, and interweaving storylines.

Instructor: James Rada, Jr. Room 115

It’s Debatable—Paradoxes in the Bible – (92372)
This session is a chance to read and discuss some of the debates in the Bible between God and humanity and from one generation to the next: Is God transcendent or personal? Is what happens God’s will, or do bad things happen to good people in spite of a loving God? Discuss handout quotes from Genesis, Deuteronomy, Job, and John, showing varying perspectives on questions contained in the library of ancient documents that is the Bible. PowerPoint paintings and slides will depict some examples of how these debates have played out in history and culture.

Instructor: Instructor: Rev. Judy Young, Room 148

Tales of Gettysburg's Other History (part 2)– (92373)
We will look at Gettysburg from a different perspective. Learn about Richard Nixon's connection to Gettysburg and some other well-known people who have visited. Learn about the West Point Class the Stars Fell On and their connection to Gettysburg. Discover the rich history behind the Gettysburg Hotel, the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church and the Gettysburg Library.

Instructors: Instructor: Tara Wenzel, Master Instructor Department of Defense (Retired). Room 113

Elizabeth Ann Seton, her legacy, and the American Civil War– (92374)
This lecture will cover who Elizabeth Ann Seton was and how her legacy became involved with the American Civil War. The discussion will then further analyze how religious women from Seton's order of Sisters were called on to provide care to the wounded soldiers; their charitable efforts bringing healing and solace to both sides. Includes a 30-min film "Mine Eyes Have Seen" that was produced by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Instructor: Bridgett Bassler, Education Coordinator, Lisa Donahue, Docent Guide, Seton Shrine, Room 147

12:15-1 p.m. LUNCH

1-2:30 p.m. (SESSION III)


The Power of Words: Lessons from Franklin D. Roosevelt- (92375)
When Roosevelt (FDR) was sworn into office in 1933, the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. In his inaugural address, FDR reached out to the American people, acknowledging their problems and rallying them to work toward the nation’s healing. Evaluate FDR’s first 100 days—how he earned people’s trust and focused them on a common mission. But the 1930’s also brought dictatorships and international conflicts. We will examine how FDR moved public opinion from isolation/neutrality to a commitment to fight for democracy around the world.

Instructor: Antigoni Ladd, Curriculum Director, Tigrett Leadership Academy, Room 148

Writing a Personal Mission Statement – (92376)
A personal mission statement is a brief description of what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become in a particular area in your life. It is a way to focus your energy, actions, behaviors and decisions toward the things that are important to you. Join this session to develop your own personal mission statement.

Instructor: Ruthmary McIlhenny, Former HACC Instructor, Room 138

The War We Don’t Know: The Civil War in the West- (92377)
This session will look at the Western Theater of the war and cover the commanders, the battles, and the differences the region would impart on, including the type of warfare that would be conducted. This is not an often studied aspect of the war, and it did have an “uglier” face than the Eastern Theater. The “Trans Mississippi Theater” as it is called, deserves special attention.

Instructor: Michael McCloskey, HACC History Faculty, Room 144


Spies on the Mountain: The OSS Training Camp on Catoctin Mountain– (92378)
The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was the forerunner to the CIA. When it formed during WWII, isolated places were needed where the guerrillas and spies could be trained. Catoctin Mountain in Frederick County was selected as one of the sites. On the same slopes that hid moonshiners and the President’s hideaway, men trained to go behind enemy lines to help the Allied cause. Discover the hidden story of a nearby spy training camp.

Instructor: James Rada, Jr. Room 115


Historic Homes and Grounds and Civil War Sisters Tour at the Seton Shrine– (92379)
In the summer of 1863, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred just miles from what is now the Seton Shrine. The guided tour will share how the Sisters aided and comforted those around them before and after the Battle of Gettysburg, manifesting Elizabeth Ann Seton's legacy of compassion, service to man, and devotion to God. The historic homes and grounds the Sisters once occupied are included in the tour. Participants will board the HACC bus and travel to the Seton Shrine. Seating is limited and will be assigned on a first come basis. This program is limited to 14 people. This bus tour is expected to return at 3:30 PM.

Instructor: Bridgett Bassler, Education Coordinator, Lisa Donahue, Docent Guide, Seton Shrine. Meet in the HUB.


Community Education Day Registration Form (pdf)

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Community Education Days:
June 5, 2019
Oct. 11, 2019