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Lectures on New Castle History
Listed here are links to pdfs (2-9MB) of 14 lectures I gave at the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning (UD) and at the Arsenal in New Castle (for NCHS) during 2015. New Castle has a fascinating history and the lectures covered a variety of topics (people, events, war, famine, food, architecture, industry...) The >500 text slides are rather self-explanatory and are accompanied by >650 supporting images. Missing is my 75 minutes of commentary/lecture and videos e.g. the PBS documentary on Benjame Latrobe: America's First Architect, the scene from Witness where Harrison Ford raises a timber frame building like the Dutch House, the oral history videos of New Castle residents, and the modern folksong which helps explain privateers (as opposed to pirates).
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1) to 1664 6) People to 1850 10) Civil War
2) to 1682 7) People to 1950 11) Virtual Tour-- New Castle
3) to 1772 8) VirtualTours -- Dutch and Amstel Houses 12) Industry
4) to 1850 9) 9 Women's Dresses 1780-1920 13) Transportation
5) B Latrobe 9b) Artifacts at 15 The Strand -- By Alice Jarvis 14) Architec.ture


This collage of 130 thumbnails gives a taste of the images and provides another key into the lectures. Click on the collage to open up a larger image with links to the pdfs.


Jim Meek 2016