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Archaeology/Local History

The People of Ridgefield Before 1708
Ten thousand years ago the glaciers had withdrawn from Ridgefield, leaving behind an environment that was inhospitable to plants and animals alike. Yet, there is evidence that at least one hunter was here. Since then Ridgefield has been populated by people, who lived their lives, raised their families, and lived off of the land. This course deals with these people, their lives, their tools; and their ability to adjust to the climate changes, and the changes in their environment over the ten thousand years they occupied this land. Instructor Lynn-Marie Wieland is a lithic archaeologist specializing in Southern New England prehistory with an emphasis on the Indians of Ridgefield, whose territory covered from Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Pound Ridge, New York to the Norwalk River. She has just finished excavating a site in Ridgefield that covered at least 9,000 years of occupation. Her specialty is the study of the manufacturing and use of stone tools.

3 Sessions $ 71 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 53)
Wed., 9/27; 10/4 & 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Venus Building (old high school)


Write Your Novel (without getting stuck)
This course shows you how to produce a finished novel, one step at a time. By FIRST paying attention to the basics of character development, scene creation, and sticking to the plot, the novel is constructed scene-by-scene, and chapter-by-chapter. More importantly, you’ll avoid the biggest mistake - jumping in and starting on page one with no idea how your story will play out or end. Instead, you’ll first know your protagonist and antagonist, all your minor characters, the main conflicts and actions of your story, and what point or moral your story is trying to bring out. Then, your story will flow. Instructor Michael Canavan is a published writer who has taught Creative Writing in CT, MA, and NY. He is also a graphic artist and guitar musician.

6 Sessions $ 128 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 96)
Wed., 2/7, 14, 21, 28; 3/7 & 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Genealogy for Beginners
The primary goal of this two-part class is for you to learn how to organize your family facts into a tree and to learn much more by using mostly free sites on the internet.  Various topics will be studied including the United States census, military, land, and immigration records.  A brief introduction to finding records outside the USA and about how DNA is used in genealogy will be included. Taught by Eileen Burton. Eileen Burton has been involved in genealogy as a serious hobby for over 10 years. Her research led to a trip to Germany to visit the villages of her ancestors. Class Limit 7.

2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Wed., 10/18 & 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
; Venus Building (old high school)
Wed., 11/1 & 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)