General History 2018

 
NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME -  please contact Caroline or Alison via the group email contact  
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 - Part 2 
Monday 8th January at Tesco Kidderminster, we had excellent presentations from Bob Brown & Dennis James on The Russian Civil War and a lively discussion - thank you.
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 - Part 3 
Monday 12th February at St George's Hall, Bewdley - Ann Murrell gave a fascinating insight into Grigori Rasputin. We then watched the final part of the fascinating Channel 5 TV documentary film "The Russian Revolution in Colour" starting from 11 November 1918 through the third revolution. We then had a group discussion on Ann’s research and the film with all the groups researchers present. Followed by an update on room hire and trips next meeting and preferred meeting places after May 2018.
Sunday 18th March 2018 Alison Barsby secured sufficient seats on the Whittle Bus & Coach Day Trip to Greenwich in London where the WRNS anniversary expo is which U3A members have contributed to. Alison for details. There was no March meeting due to the visit
No April meeting due to the trip being postponed
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY- PART 1
Monday 14th May 2pm – 4pm at Cookley Village Hall,  Lea Lane, Cookley, DY10 3RH - Showing part of 1861 of Ken Burns The Civil War ‘The Causes’ - A big thank you to Anne Kraemer for leading the May meeting and starting us off so well with the American Civil War & Slavery, really interesting & enjoyable.
Some suggested reading. There are so many history books but these are more related ones about the subject:

White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America by Don Jordan and Michael J. Walsh £2.32 on Amazon Kindle at 15 May

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston

The Invention of Wings Paperback by Sue Monk Kidd

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe on Amazon Kindle £1.41 the unabridged version at 15 May

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Penguin history) by James M. Mc Pherson Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History published 1990

Check out: www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/slavery-united-states
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY- PART 2
Monday 11th June 2pm to 4pm at our new group home Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley  DY12 1EU we watched the second part of The Ken Burns film The Civil War covering Traitors and Patriots 12th April to July 1861 including the first battle at Fort Sumter. Group volunteers did excellent presentations on:
 
Where did the slaves come from? Vincent O'Callaghan

Underground, helping slaves move to the North. Sue Clarke

 

The historical influence of the UK re the introduction of slavery into America Dennis James

 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, its influence on the war / public opinion Lin Roberts

 

WORCESTERSHIRE CHARTISTS COTTAGES 
Sunday 1st July  A big thank you to  Alison Barsby for arranged a fascinating visit and guided walk around Rosedene a simple red brick Victorian cottage built for Chartist members as part of the innovative Chartist Land Plan Chartist Land Planwith a talk for the group from the National Trust volunteers. Very enjoyable, interesting and sunny!
 
AN AUDIENCE WITH HENRY VIII
 

Friday 27th July - prebooked visit to Blakesley Hall. Shared cars.  A few places left on the 12:30 visit. Book directly with Birmingham Museums on 0121 348 8263 at £7 per person if you do not have tickets.   

THE AMERICAN MUSEUM DAY TRIP
Sunday 12th August -  leaving Kidderminster at 8am a day trip group members only using cars 12 group members have signed up to visit the American Museum nr Bath car sharing we have five voluntary drivers Anne K, Dennis & Caroline, Glenise & Alison to get us all there so 18 of our group members could go. The proposal is that as it will take 2 hours drive each way approx 180 miles round trip so where 4 are in a car the passengers pay the drivers £10.25 each direct as a voluntary contribution to the costs. Meeting at the car park at Brintons Park Kidderminster ready to leave by 8am please. We have booked 5 parking spaces at the museum. I will not be collecting any money as we can pay entry on arrival £11 pp for seniors.
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY- PART 3
Monday 10th September - 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley  DY12 1EU  -  We will have the third part of the Ken Burns Civil War film.
 
Volunteers research and discussion (each presentation a maximum of 10 minutes please to give everyone time)……

The importance of music to the slaves & indentured Caroline O'Callaghan

President Abraham Lincoln Alison Barsby

General Robert E Lee (for the South) Ann Murrells

General U Grant (for the North) Denis James

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY - PART 4 
Monday 8th October 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Bewdley

More to be announced……. Do not forget folks we are an interactive group all doing our bit!

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SAVERY - PART 5
Monday 12th November 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Bewdley
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & SLAVERY - PART 6 or THE CHARTISTS - PART 2  
Monday 10th December 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Bewdley