Lifelong Learning session on April 25

April 11, 2014

Categories: General News

The final spring session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 25 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Refreshments will be served at 9:15 a.m., with the program following at 9:50 a.m.

The session will celebrate 40 years of Lifelong Learning and the completion of 20 years of leadership by the current director, Connie Isaac.

The featured guest will be Abilene’s entertaining speaker known as “Purveyor of the Past,” Joe Basso, a retired history teacher.

For the April 25 session, Basso will be providing the historical origins of several nursery rhymes and everyday expressions that we use.

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Basso eventually moved to Abilene, Kan., to his mother’s birthplace, in 1969.

He earned a bachelor of arts in history in 1972 from the College of Emporia and a master of arts in history from Fort Hays State University in 1988.

Other than making public presentations, Basso serves as a volunteer biographical researcher for ZOUAVE!, the regimental newsletter of the 62nd New York State Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War re-enactor’s group based in New South Wales, Australia.

Basso is a firm believer that we are all historians in one way or another.

“We all need to keep alive family and community stories,” Basso said. “The best history is not studied for an assessment test, but to see how our local and national communities have been created, developed and changed over time. History is life, not statistical data.”

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester, or $29 per couple. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the sessions at the discounted price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, Director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-5964 or