CRYSTAL LAKE – Area residents can listen to three unique perspectives of historical people, places and events in a history lecture series this fall at McHenry County College.
The programs will be in the Luecht Conference Center at the college, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.
The following history lectures are free and open to the public:
• Living in Germany During World War II: 12:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Egon Langhammer, a Marengo resident who grew up in Germany, will relate his experiences during World War II. He was a young boy when the hostilities began in Europe and was drafted into the German army in 1944 at the age of 16. Using a map, photos and his memory, he will provide insight into this historic time from the perspective of people who lived under the bombs and dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. The program is appropriate for students in eighth grade and older.
• The Ten Best Presidents: 12:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Barry Bradford, former National Teacher of the Year and dynamic lecturer, will present his own top 10 list of the best presidents, some of which are bound to surprise the audience.
• Washington Crossing the Delaware: 12:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Bradford will bring to life in a lively presentation this important event in history. In one daring, dramatic decision, George Washington changed the course of history when he led the ragtag remnants of an Army across the Delaware and attacked the enemy at the fabled Battle of Trenton. That battle changed the outcome of the Revolution, and led to the expansion of liberty throughout the world. Listeners will learn how this historic turn in events affected the future of the United States.
Registration is not required. For large groups, call Kristine Emrich at 815-479-7570 to reserve seats or email firstname.lastname@example.org.