BGSU Firelands ElderCollege Kickoff Features Quilts and Codes of the Underground Railroad

The kickoff of the ElderCollege fall semester is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 1:30-3 p.m., in the Cedar Point Center at Bowling Green State University Firelands College.

Were quilts really used as signal codes for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad?  Do some African American ‘spirituals’ really have double meanings and did they send a kind of secret message in song?  To find the answers to these and many other questions, join Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society and members of the Bowling Green State University Firelands College A Cappella Choir as we kickoff the fall semester of ElderCollege!

With more than 150 members, ElderCollege at BGSU Firelands is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.  There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades. Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

Thirty-three classes are planned for the fall. Topics range from creative writing, art, history, and much more.

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $70 per semester or $110 for two semesters, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period.  Non-members can participate by paying a minimal fee per class-typically $20.

For more information about the ElderCollege Spring Kickoff, contact Tracy DeFazio in the Office of Educational Outreach at 419-372-0617or by email at tracyd@bgsu.edu.