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Free History Presentations in November at LMC’s Bertrand Crossing Campus

October 28, 2013

NILES, MI – Community courses at the Lake Michigan College Bertrand Crossing campus in November include local and US history.

Southwest Michigan Interurban Railways
For a few decades starting around 1890, interurban railways revolutionized local travel in communities across America. This presentation provides a broad overview of the three major interurban railway lines that ran in Berrien and Cass counties. Starting with horse-drawn streetcar lines in the Twin Cities, a system of electrified tracks and trolleys was developed that moved residents, tourists, and freight. The program, presented by North Berrien Historical Museum Director Tracy Gierada, uses historical maps, schedules, and images to present an imaginary journey over each interurban line.

Date:                Saturday, November 9
Time:                9 – 11 a.m.
Location:           Bertrand Crossing Campus
Room:               116
Cost:                 FREE
Instructor:         Tracy Gierada


150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
At Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom” for the war-torn United States. What did this immortal phrase mean? On November 23, LMC History Instructor Tim Moore leads a discussion of the importance of the Gettysburg Address.

Date:                Saturday, November 23
Time:                9 – 11 a.m.
Location:           Bertrand Crossing Campus
Room:               116
Cost:                 FREE
Instructor:         Tim Moore


To learn more about these and other community education classes at the Bertrand Crossing Campus, call (269) 695-1391 or visit

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