Center for Creative Retirement

We offer more educational and fun classes, trips and workshops to keep you actively engaged.

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Courses

Back to Basics - Using Ancestry.com for Your Family History

Get back to basics with professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty!  Ancestry.com is the internet’s largest genealogy website, with 15 million+ DNA testers and over 3 million subscribers worldwide as of 2017.  Its many features can be a great advantage to those researching their family history, but all that information can also be confusing and intimidating.  Lisa, an experienced Ancestry user,  will help you find out what exactly Ancestry.com has to offer, how to perform effective searches, how to find the information you are looking for, and how to create an online family tree that is both accurate and interesting enough to share!

This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

 

Back to Basics - Using Ancestry.com for Your Family History
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Tuesday, 4/20
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-333 600 11 seats left $15Call for more information

Frankly, My Dear: The REEL Story Behind Gone With the Wind

“Gone With the Wind” has been called “the most magnificent motion picture of all time.” And millions of fans agree. But what most fans don’t know is that endless trouble and months of behind-the-scenes turmoil almost doomed “Gone With the Wind” to failure.  Explore the intriguing history of this iconic 1939 film, including the writing and publishing of Margaret Mitchell’s novel, the Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book into film, the Atlanta premiere, the Academy Awards, and more. This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Pauline Bartel, Instructor

 

Frankly, My Dear: The REEL Story Behind Gone With the Wind
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Saturday, 5/22
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZSPI-137 600 13 seats left $49

Life of New Netherland & Dutch Holiday

2 PRESENTATIONS. IN 1!

The Life and Legacy of New Netherland

New Netherland was a Dutch colony that existed in what is now New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This talk examines the history of the Dutch settlement of these areas during the 17th century, from Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River in 1609 through the English takeover of the colony in 1664. The discussion also examines the ways that Dutch culture, language, and traditions lingered long after the English takeover; some of them continue on to this day.

 

Dutch Holiday Traditions in Colonial Albany and the Hudson River Valley

During the 17th century, Dutch settlers to the Hudson River Valley brought Old World traditions and culture with them. Long after the English takeover of New Netherland, Dutch language, traditions, and customs lingered. In colonial New Netherland and New York, holiday traditions followed a familiar Dutch form, but often merged with other traditions as well. This lecture highlights the ways that Dutch holidays like Shrovetide (Carnival), Pinkster, and St. Nicholas Day were celebrated in Hudson Valley during the 17th and 18th centuries.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Sam Huntington, Instructor

 

Life of New Netherland & Dutch Holiday
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Wednesday, 4/21
9:30 am - 11:30 am
ZCCR-628 600 29 seats left $15Call for more information

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