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‘U.S. History and Today’ coming to South Suburban College

John LaGear employs skills acquired as a journalist, photographer, video editor, and public speaker to present “U.S. History and Today.” (Photo provided)

March 27 at the South Holland campus

information provided by South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (March 16, 2018) – It’s a three-hour seminar touring through Illinois community colleges that recounts the past 100 years of American history in news photos and Hollywood film clips. “U.S. History and Today” will be presented by the Continuing Education department of South Suburban College at its Oak Forest campus March 24, and at the main campus in South Holland March 27.

“U.S. History and Today” is a fast-paced, visually rich presentation that features 600 historic photographs and 44 popular film and music clips highlighting American life between 1914 and present day. Topics range from both World Wars and The Great Depression to Vietnam, the turbulent 1960s, and surprising presidential elections. Entertainment highlights include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Elvis Presley, Emma Stone, and scenes from “Back to the Future, “The Andy Griffith Show,” and more.

“It’s a century of American history at high speed,” said one attendee, who applauded the mix of history and pop culture. Reviews from showings at five Illinois community colleges to date have been enthusiastic.

The show is presented by John LeGear, a builder and promoter of national not-for-profit organizations who turned his attention to American history late in his career. He employs skills acquired as a journalist, photographer, video editor, and public speaker to assemble the presentation. LeGear created the show to lend balance and historical perspective to today’s news events. The seminar is suitable for audiences of high school age and over. Senior citizens have described the show as “a walk down memory lane.”

“U.S. History and Today” is touring through 15 Illinois community colleges this year. A registration fee of $10 is required. South Suburban College’s Continuing Education members can enroll online. In-person registration is welcomed from 8:00am to 6:45pm Monday-Thursday, and until 3:45pm on Friday.

The March 27 presentation will start at 6:00pm in Room 3339. South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland.


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South Suburban College offers a wide selection of career education and college transfer credit programs. Based in South Holland, Illinois, with a satellite campus in Oak Forest, SSC offers non-credit customized training, short-term instruction for business, and dozens of special interest classes.