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What is Lifelong Learning?
Educational, engaging, and social—
classes, trips, lectures and
events organized by Lourdes
University. No exams or grades!
Who can join?
Lifelong Learning invites all adults who find joy in learning,
regardless of religion or educational background!
What are the benefits of membership?
• Join a community of fascinating and inquisitive people
• Free admission to all monthly lectures
• Discounts on classes, trips and events
Travel with Lifelong Learning!
Details on page 2!
Mansfield Estates Malabar Farm and Kingwood Mansion & Gardens
Detroit Underground Railroad Tour Historical tour with re-enactors
Million Dollar Quartet A musical about legendary singers
Dinner with the Presidents Presidential re-enactors and the Harding Museum
Fall Kickoff!
Keith C. Burris, Editor of the Toledo Blade, will present “Building Community
on Pages of Opinion,” a discussion of the connection
between the media and problems and possibilities within
communities. Questions will be encouraged! Mr. Burris
has been a journalist for 30 years and has written widely
on politics, government, culture, and the arts for several
publications. He holds a PhD in political philosophy from
the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of one book
and the editor of another. He and his wife Amy are the
parents of three grown children.
Lasagna lunch with garlic bread, salad, and dessert! Vegetarian option too.
Date: Friday, August 26; presentation at 11:00, lunch at noon
Price: $12 per person for lunch, reservations requested by Aug. 22
Call 419.824.3707
How to reach us:
Laura Megeath
Debbie Burman
Welcome Center
& Information
Lifelong Learning
Lourdes University
6832 Convent Blvd.
Sylvania OH 43560
Mansfield Estates
Tour the Kingwood Center Mansion and Gardens. These exemplary gardens
bursting with blossoms and a formal mansion are the legacy of Mr. Charles Kelley
King who made his fortune at the Ohio Brass Company, beginning as its first electrical
engineer and eventually becoming President and Chairman of the Board. Mr. King
spent his fortune on his estate, Kingwood. Built in 1926, the house was designed by
prominent Cleveland architect Clarence Mack, who made a career of building
fashionable homes. The surrounding gardens were designed and built by the
Cleveland landscape architecture firm of Pitkin and Mott. The formal gardens include
a daylily and iris collection, peony garden, cacti and succulent house, and rose
garden. After Mr. King’s death in 1952, the 47-acre estate opened as the public
garden of a private foundation, the Kingwood Center. Today the King home is used to
house a horticultural library and the offices of Kingwood Center. Much of the main
floor, however, is on display in a manner similar to its original arrangement with many
of Mr. King's furnishings.
Lunch will be served family style at der Dutchman Restaurant. From meat-andpotatoes to pies made from scratch, this is the place to savor the bounty of genuine
Amish kitchen cooking. After lunch we will visit Malabar Farm.
Malabar Farm is best known as the home of Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis
Bromfield, one of Mansfield’s most famous natives. Bromfield gained international
recognition as an author, conservationist, pioneering farmer, and friend to celebrities.
Bromfield even hosted the wedding of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in 1945.
Tour the Big House with a naturalist to see where his famous books were written,
where his family lived, and where famous guests stayed. Explore the grounds of
Malabar Farm, and there will be time to visit the gift shop!
Thursday, July 7. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 am and
returns at 6:30 pm. Only $79 for members, $99 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.
Detroit Underground Railroad Tour
Travel across time and geographic boundaries within
the 22,000 square-foot exhibition space with more than
20 galleries of the Charles Wright Museum. Our docentled journey begins in Africa, the cradle of human life.
Witness several ancient and early modern civilizations
that evolved on the continent. Cross the Atlantic Ocean,
experience the tragedy of the middle passage and
encounter those who resisted the horrors of bondage.
Throughout this trip, the efforts of everyday men and
women who built families, businesses, educational
institutions, spiritual traditions, civic organizations and a legacy of freedom and justice
in past and present-day Detroit are hailed. Relax and recharge during lunch at the
Detroit Beer Company in the historic Hartz Building on Broadway in downtown Detroit.
Travel through Midnight -code name for Detroit- and retrace the steps of Freedom
Seekers at this important, final stop on the long and treacherous journey to freedom.
Hear the incredible stories of the brave people who risked their lives escaping the
horrors of slavery, prominent abolitionists who aided them, and influential politicians
who raised their voices. The stories will be brought to life by passionate actors portraying Sojourner
Truth, Frederick Douglass, George DeBaptiste, Seymour Finney, Laura Haviland, or Senator Jacob
Merritt Howard. Descend the steep steps into the dark, isolated cellar of historic Second Baptist
Church where the Croghan Street Station, an authentic former safe house was located and
experience firsthand the frightening conditions Freedom Seekers endured during their long journey
to freedom. A few other stops on the tour include sites where the Frederick Douglass/John Brown
meeting and horrific race riot of 1863 known as “the bloodiest day that ever dawned upon Detroit”
took place and abolitionist Seymour Finney's hotel and barn - a safehouse - once stood. Discover
the role our courts played in enforcing the unpopular fugitive slave laws and how local episodes of
popular resistance impacted the entire nation.
Wednesday, Sept. 14. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns
at approximately 5:30 pm. Only $116.00 for members, $136 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.
Million Dollar Quartet
“Million Dollar Quartet” is a musical inspired by the December 4, 1956
recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl
Perkins, and Elvis Presley. The show features a treasure trove of the
greatest rock, rockabilly, gospel, R&B and country standards of the 1950s,
including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You
Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "Whole Lotta'
Shakin' Goin' On." The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards in
2010, the year it premeired on Broadway.
La Comedia Dinner Theatre has been offering Broadway-style shows since
1975. For each production, talent is cast from auditions in New York City as
well as in the Dayton area, ensuring that the performers in our productions
are the absolute best available. We will enjoy a sumptuous lunch with
signature salads, chef-carved meats, deep fried Norwegian Cod, a variety of
pastas and fresh vegetables, fresh baked breads, some dishes to represent the “flavor” of the
current production, and sweet potato soufflé. The theater is in Springboro, Ohio.
Thursday, October 20. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 am and returns
at approximately 6:00 pm. Only $99.00 for members, $119 for nonmembers.
Dinner with the Presidents
Warren G. Harding, 29th president of the United States, died from a heart attack in 1923 and Mrs.
Harding died just 15 months later from kidney disease. Mrs. Harding’s will left their home and the
bulk of its contents to the Harding Memorial Association which opened the Harding Home as a
museum in 1926, just three years later. Enjoy a guided tour of the restored home of Pres. Harding,
best known as the site of his 1920 “Front Porch Campaign.” This restored National Historic
Landmark features many of the original furnishings owned by President Harding and his wife.
President Harding was the first president elected after women were allowed to vote and is
remembered for establishing the Veterans Bureau which later became the Veterans Administration.
After our tour, we will meet and dine with past Presidents of the United States of America and their
wives portrayed by historical re-enactors. One president or First Lady will be at your table. Bring a
camera to capture all the details, down to the period clothing and transportation provided for the First
Couples. Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, William H. Taft, James Garfield, and
William Harrison will take turns at the podium. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Woodrow Wilson will
also be in attendance. Dinner features recipes from different White House administrations and is
hosted by the Marion County Historical Society. Suggested attire for men is a sport coat and tie and
for women a dress or dressy pantsuit. Or dress up in period clothing for extra fun!
Saturday, November 5. Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 1:30 pm and returns
approximaely 11:00 pm. Only $89.00 for members, $109 for nonmembers.
SPECIAL EVENT Peace, Justice and Violence: where does faith fit in?
An interfaith dialog with members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.
9:30 am - 12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 25 in the Franciscan Center.
Moderated by Sr. Shannon Schrein, OSF, Ph.D. Speakers include: Father James J. Bacik is a
priest of the Diocese of Toledo, theologian, writer, lecturer and pastor who served as campus
minister and adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Toledo. Rabbi Alan Sokobin
Th.D., D.D., J.D. served as rabbi for Congregation Shomer Emunim and Associate Professor of
History at the University of Toledo. Surgeon, writer and explorer, Dr. S. Amjad Hussain is an
emeritus professor of surgery and humanities at the University of Toledo. He is also an Op-Ed
columnist for Toledo Blade.
$12 per person, lunch with the speakers is included. Paid reservations required by May 18
Printmaking 101
Patrick Dubreuil
Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm
June 6-27 (4 weeks), Canticle Center 165
Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of
Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works
in medical education, and currently serves as
the Historian for the Toledo Federation of Arts
Let your creativity flow in this introductory
printmaking class! All you need is a creative
spark and we will help with the rest. Once you
choose a favorite image we will patiently show
you how to turn it into a work of art that you’ll be
proud to share with your family and friends. The
process –similar to that used to print currency—
is an extension of drawing, but don’t let
concerns about your drawing ability limit you!
The maximum size of the monocolor intaglio
prints will be 8x10 inches. Warning: come
prepared to get dirty!
A Toledo native, Patrick Dubreuil has taught in
the Lourdes Art Department for 10 years since
getting his MFA from BGSU.
The Summer of Fiction
Judith Speizer Crandell
Tuesdays 10:30-1:00 pm
June 21, 28 (2 weeks)
Virginia Woolf wrote we need a room of our
own to encounter our creative selves. This
summer, come share a room with other writers
and explore the world of fiction with us.
Whether you bring in material to be critiqued or
you use prompts provided in class, by meeting
in a supportive sacred circle, we will encourage
and help one another. Along with a previously
written piece of fiction, please bring a favorite
quote, poem, story, picture or artifact as
inspiration for the first class – and something to
write with and on! Our journey will include
writing prompts and group sharing.
Judith Speizer Crandell, a published,
awarding-winning writer and teacher, with an
MA in English, was granted a Yaddo residency
and a place at the 2013 AROHO creative
retreat. She uses her life as the basis of her
own writing.
Art & Architecture of Lourdes
Kristin Baldeschwiler
4:00-6:30 pm Tuesday, June 7 and
4:00-6:30 pm Thursday, June 9
The Lourdes University campus is brimming
with art, even in places you've never noticed it
before. Take this opportunity to examine the
paintings, sculpture, stained glass, prints, tiles,
and more and hear the stories behind them.
You will see campus in a whole new light! The
class will be divided between lectures and
walking tours, so choose your footwear wisely.
The Simple Art of Murder: Detective Fiction
and Film Noir
Cody Osterman
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
June 21-July 12 (4 weeks)
on history, nostalgia, travel, humor and
genealogy in local and national magazines and
This course will examine the respective
genres of “hardboiled” detective fiction and film
noir that were very popular in the first half of the
twentieth century in both print and on screen.
We will look at how famous authors and
filmmakers have put their own unique twist and
artistic flourishes on their entries to the genre.
We will start the first week discussing Raymond
Chandler’s “The Simple Art of Murder,” in which
he attempts to define the genre. We will also
cover a brief history of the genre, and watch the
first half of “The Big Sleep”, starring Humphrey
Bogart and Lauren Bacall the first week. We will
then spend the following class finishing the film
and discussing the novel The Big Sleep. The
remaining weeks we will read, discuss, and
watch the film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s
“The Maltese Falcon.” We will conclude the
course with some contemporary examples of
detectives on print and screen.
Cody Osterman is a doctoral student at the
University of Maryland in American History. He
received his master’s degree from BGSU in
American Culture Studies. He also holds a
bachelor’s degree from Pace University in
English Literature and American History.
Laura Megeath
1:00-2:00 pm in the Appold Planetarium
Thursday, June 23
Telescopes help us understand our place in
space and continue to expand our
understanding of the Universe. Discover the
history of the telescope and how they work.
From small telescopes in backyards to the
largest observatories in the world, they have
changed our view of the sky and help us to
explore the mysteries of the universe.
Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of Lifelong
Learning and the Appold Planetarium.
Henry County in the Great War: Loyalty
Trials, German-Americans, and The League
of American Patriots
Michael McMaster
Thursday, 10:30-11:30 am
June 30 (meets once)
In 1918 an organization in Napoleon, Ohio,
called The League of American Patriots of
Henry County was formed with the reported
purpose of stamping out pro-German
propaganda in the county. Despite their stated
goal, the League of American Patriots, led by
Napoleon’s Methodist and Presbyterian
ministers, set its aim on the German Lutheran
churches and especially their parochial schools.
Several high profile Loyalty Trials were held by
the League in Napoleon, Ohio. Nearly all of the
targets of these loyalty trials were German
Democrats running for office. In 1918 in Henry
County, Ohio, like many other places in the
United States at the time, petty religious,
political, and personal grudges were
exacerbated by the German spy hysteria that
gripped America. Patriotism was used as a
cloak to settle these scores.
Michael McMaster is Education Programs
Coordinator at the Wood County Historical
Center & Museum and has published a book on
this subject.
The History of White House China and the
stories behind them
Marjorie Waterfield
Wednesdays, 10:00-noon
June 22, 29 (2 weeks)
Every U.S. President and their First Lady
purchased their own unique china while living in
the White House. Come hear the stories behind
these stunning and delicate pieces, as well as
what food was served upon them. Learn how
State Dinners were planned from the days of
George and Martha Washington to the present
time. Select pieces from the instructor’s
personal collection of official reproduction White
House china will be displayed at each class.
Marjorie Waterfield has been an instructor of
Genealogy Research at UT, BGSU, and
Lourdes. She has continued her education as a
History Major at Lourdes. She is author of
hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles
America Soldier Experience
Travis Snyder
Tuesdays, 10:00-noon
July 5-26 (4 weeks)
workout! Built upon the foundation of how our
memory works, this course will present various
tips and techniques on enhancing your
memory. Participants will also have the
opportunity to take part in activities to help keep
their brain in shape.
Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with
over 20 years college experience. She has
taught at University of Toledo, BGSU, Monroe
County Community College and Owens State
Community College. Her interests center
around thinking, reading and how our minds
work. A participant in one of her "Thinking
Outside the Box" courses had this to say: "The
"memory" [course] was very good-- but this is
This course will look at the experience of the
American soldier through the four major
conflicts of the 20th century. Connections will
be made from one conflict to the next, as well
as discovering the underlying themes of all four
conflicts. This is not a study in strategy but a
course that zooms in on the soldier in the
trenches, in the desert, or in the jungle.
American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the
World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam by Peter
Kindsvatter (required) will be available at the
Lourdes bookstore.
Travis Snyder is a third year Master's student
who studies US Military History, with a focus on
the psychological effects of combat. Travis has
always had a profound interest in both the Civil
War and World War II (as do most modern
military historians) Please know that Travis has
an emotional support animal, a German
Shepherd named Diesel, that he will be bringing
to class with him.
Wire Bracelets
Sr. Martha Herkness
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm
July 13, 20 (2 weeks)
Create your own silver plated bracelet! Making
your own jewelry can be a lot of fun and this
class will get you started. Everyone will make
their own Byzantine weave bracelet from jump
rings, complete with a magnetic closure. All
materials will be supplied.
Sr. Martha Herkness has been a Sister of St.
Francis for over 50 years and ministered in
healthcare. She now enjoys making jewelry with
various mediums, chain mail being her favorite.
21st Ohio Regiment and Its Role in the Civil
Travis Snyder
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm
July 5-26 (4 weeks)
This four week course follows the 21st Ohio
Regiment through the American Civil War, from
beginning to end. It will look at this regiment's
role in many of the major battles of the Western
Theater. This course will have mild strategic
overviews, but the purpose will be to really look
at the combat reports of the 21st and for
students to understand how the soldiers from
Northwest Ohio participated in the war.
Toledo Polonia: A History of Toledo's Poles
Jacqueline Koralewski Konwinski
Thursday, 2:00-4:00 pm
July 14 (meets once)
Polish-Americans were Toledo's major ethnic
group during the early 20th Century. Discover
their Polish origins, immigration routes,
settlements and patterns of work and worship.
Learn about the customs of Lagrinka and
Kuhschwanz, sources of Polish pride and spirit.
Traditional Polish desserts will be served.
Jacqueline Koralewski Konwinski, MA is an
award-winning, retired Advanced Placement
United States History and United States
Government teacher. She is active in Toledo
Polish Genealogical Society, Toledo Poznan
Alliance and the future Polish Cultural Center.
Exercising Your Memory
Barbara Mauter
Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:30 am
July 13 (meets once)
We know that exercising our bodies is good
for us, but how does one go about exercising
their mind? Join us for a fun interactive brain
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Trips & Special Events
(member / nonmember prices listed)
21 Ohio Regiment $51 / $63
American Soldier Experience $51 / $63
Art & Architecture of Lourdes $34 / $46
Exercising Your Memory $18 / $30
Henry County in the Great War $14 / $26
History of White House China $26 / $63
Printmaking 101 $54 / $66
Simple Art of Murder $51 / $63
Summer of Fiction $34 / $46
Telescopes $14 / $26
Toledo Polonia $18 / $30
Wire Bracelets $33 / $45
Detroit Underground Railroad Tour $116 / $136
Dinner with the Presidents $89 / $109
Fall Kickoff $12
Mansfield Estates $79 / $99
Million Dollar Quartet $99 / $119
Peace, Justice, and Violence $12
Interfaith Dialog
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6832 Convent Blvd.
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Laura J. Megeath
Debbie Burman
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