History lectures, vocal clinic coming to Dietrich Theater

First Posted: 10/21/2014

Do you know anything about the Moravians or their historical impact on our region?

If you answered ‘no’ like I did to this question, I invite you to join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 for Dr. Sheldon Spear’s talk on Moravian history. During this free lecture, we will learn about the Moravians, a Pennsylvania Dutch denomination that caused a furor in mid-18th century America because of their aspirations to unify all Protestants in the mid-Atlantic region and their determined and humane endeavor to Christianize Native Americans.

Come and learn about these developments and other aspects of Moravian history. Spear has a wealth of knowledge about local history and has been giving lectures at the Dietrich for at least the past ten years. Free tickets will be available at the door as long as they last.

In addition to Dr. Sheldon Spear’s talk, the Dietrich will host a history lecture with Dr. Len Gougeon, “The Civil War: America’s Second Revolution,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.

“The Civil War was a defining event in the development of American democracy,” Gougeon said. “The nation came into existence through a Revolution that pitted the thinking of the ‘Old World,’ dominated by aristocratic notions of privilege where social status and human rights were based on class, caste, and race against an alternative ideology, based on the concept that ‘all men are created equal.’

“When the Civil War started, Northerners were shocked to discover that the ruling class in England, who had never accepted the idea of universal equality, sympathized with the Confederacy. This led to a conflict and a ‘second revolution’ where the democracy of the North not only battled the slaveholding aristocracy of the Confederacy but also, once again, the aristocracy of Great Britain.”

During this presentation, Gougeon will examine that “second revolution” in its historical and cultural context. Admission to the program is free and tickets are available while they last by calling the theater at 570-996-1500.

In November, the Dietrich will host a vocal clinic, presented by the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus. Participants of all levels of experience will have the opportunity to learn how to sing better in this workshop series, held at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Admission is free. To register or for more information, call the theater.

The Dietrich also is offering a holiday craft class at the end of the month. Instructor Toni Hockman will teach students how to make a bead-studded glass ornament. With needle and thread, participants will learn bead weaving and netting techniques to fashion these decorations. Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20. Admission is $40. To register, call the theater.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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