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American Territorial Expansion 1776 to 2022: Manifest Destiny? Thinly Disguised Imperialism? Pure Luck? (Part 1 of 3)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Off-site

This program will take place at the Rancho Mirage Community Amphitheater, located in Rancho Mirage Community Park at 71560 San Jacinto Drive. Pre-registration is not required to attend (*see additional info below).


The United States is widely considered the greatest country in history. Many historians also consider us the most favored (luckiest) nation in the history of mankind. We have often had large territorial acquisitions literally fall into our hands. Critics of our history point out the we- like most world powers- engaged in imperialistic expansion often at the expense of less powerful peoples. This series of lectures will attempt to explain the importance of all three factors played in creating a truly great and territorial gigantic nation that has reigned as the world’s greatest superpower since World War I.

 

Library favorite Dr. William Gudelunas will cover topics including the Treaty of Paris of 1783, Louisiana Purchase, Mexican Cession, Oregon and 54-40 or Fight, the Gadsden Purchase, Seward’s Folly, late 19th century expansion in the Pacific and current “Commonwealths” of the United States. The lectures will also touch upon the United States' current commitments worldwide to promote political and economic freedom.


*Gates will open one hour in advance of program start time and parking is available in lots directly adjacent to the amphitheater and along San Jacinto Drive. Shaded chairs for 300+ attendees will be available on a first come first serve basis. Tiered concrete seating is also available, and guests may bring their own chairs (large shade structures, tents, and portable tables are not allowed). Outside alcohol is not permitted in the amphitheater. Public restrooms are available in the park and inside the amphitheater. Details regarding any cancellations or postponements due to weather will be available at ranchomiragelibrary.org.

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American Territorial Expansion 1776 to 2022: Manifest Destiny? Thinly Disguised Imperialism? Pure Luck? (Part 2 of 3)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Off-site

This program will take place at the Rancho Mirage Community Amphitheater, located in Rancho Mirage Community Park at 71560 San Jacinto Drive. Pre-registration is not required to attend (*see additional info below).


The United States is widely considered the greatest country in history. Many historians also consider us the most favored (luckiest) nation in the history of mankind. We have often had large territorial acquisitions literally fall into our hands. Critics of our history point out the we- like most world powers- engaged in imperialistic expansion often at the expense of less powerful peoples. This series of lectures will attempt to explain the importance of all three factors played in creating a truly great and territorial gigantic nation that has reigned as the world’s greatest superpower since World War I.

 

Library favorite Dr. William Gudelunas will cover topics including the Treaty of Paris of 1783, Louisiana Purchase, Mexican Cession, Oregon and 54-40 or Fight, the Gadsden Purchase, Seward’s Folly, late 19th century expansion in the Pacific and current “Commonwealths” of the United States. The lectures will also touch upon the United States' current commitments worldwide to promote political and economic freedom.


*Gates will open one hour in advance of program start time and parking is available in lots directly adjacent to the amphitheater and along San Jacinto Drive. Shaded chairs for 300+ attendees will be available on a first come first serve basis. Tiered concrete seating is also available, and guests may bring their own chairs (large shade structures, tents, and portable tables are not allowed). Outside alcohol is not permitted in the amphitheater. Public restrooms are available in the park and inside the amphitheater. Details regarding any cancellations or postponements due to weather will be available at ranchomiragelibrary.org.

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American Territorial Expansion 1776 to 2022: Manifest Destiny? Thinly Disguised Imperialism? Pure Luck? (Part 3 of 3)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Off-site

This program will take place at the Rancho Mirage Community Amphitheater, located in Rancho Mirage Community Park at 71560 San Jacinto Drive. Pre-registration is not required to attend (*see additional info below).


The United States is widely considered the greatest country in history. Many historians also consider us the most favored (luckiest) nation in the history of mankind. We have often had large territorial acquisitions literally fall into our hands. Critics of our history point out the we- like most world powers- engaged in imperialistic expansion often at the expense of less powerful peoples. This series of lectures will attempt to explain the importance of all three factors played in creating a truly great and territorial gigantic nation that has reigned as the world’s greatest superpower since World War I.

 

Library favorite Dr. William Gudelunas will cover topics including the Treaty of Paris of 1783, Louisiana Purchase, Mexican Cession, Oregon and 54-40 or Fight, the Gadsden Purchase, Seward’s Folly, late 19th century expansion in the Pacific and current “Commonwealths” of the United States. The lectures will also touch upon the United States' current commitments worldwide to promote political and economic freedom.


*Gates will open one hour in advance of program start time and parking is available in lots directly adjacent to the amphitheater and along San Jacinto Drive. Shaded chairs for 300+ attendees will be available on a first come first serve basis. Tiered concrete seating is also available, and guests may bring their own chairs (large shade structures, tents, and portable tables are not allowed). Outside alcohol is not permitted in the amphitheater. Public restrooms are available in the park and inside the amphitheater. Details regarding any cancellations or postponements due to weather will be available at ranchomiragelibrary.org.

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Scott Beaty, Pianist

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Off-site

This program will take place at the Rancho Mirage Community Amphitheater, located in Rancho Mirage Community Park at 71560 San Jacinto Drive. Pre-registration is not required to attend (*see additional info below).


Beaty has performed to sold-out crowds across the country, played for President Gerald Ford, and was hired by Sonny Bono to perform for the first ten years of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He has performed for nearly thirty years at the McCallum Theatre and is active in the fundraising efforts of many groups including the Desert AIDS Project, The Steinway Society, and The Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.


This performance is made possible by the Jay Bartush Fund for the Arts.


*Gates will open one hour in advance of program start time and parking is available in lots directly adjacent to the amphitheater and along San Jacinto Drive. Shaded chairs for 300+ attendees will be available on a first come first serve basis. Tiered concrete seating is also available, and guests may bring their own chairs (large shade structures, tents, and portable tables are not allowed). Outside alcohol is not permitted in the amphitheater. Public restrooms are available in the park and inside the amphitheater. Details regarding any cancellations or postponements due to weather will be available at ranchomiragelibrary.org.

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Adult Book Discussion Group (Virtual)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rancho Mirage Public Library

The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory is excited to announce our virtual Adult Book Discussion Group. We will meet virtually using the Zoom Meeting & Chat client the second Friday of each month at 10 AM PST. Registration is required for each date.


February 11, 2022

Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

Joining the book discussion will require the installation/download of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device. To install Zoom on your: PC, click here; for Mac computer, click here. For a mobile device, simply search either the App Store, or Google Play Store for “Zoom Cloud Meetings”.

If you have any questions, please contact Reference Librarian Jeffery Durham at (760) 341-7323 ext. 781 or email JefferyD@ranchomiragelibrary.org.


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Who's Afraid of Opera - Let Freedom Sing: Operas About Liberation

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Off-site

This program will take place at the Rancho Mirage Community Amphitheater, located in Rancho Mirage Community Park at 71560 San Jacinto Drive. Pre-registration is not required to attend (*see additional info below).


Ideas about liberty and freedom from oppression have inspired opera composers through the centuries. San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will take us on a video journey (with English subtitles) exploring the myriad ways that operas have expressed in drama and song our basic human aspirations to be free.


This series is presented in partnership with the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert and is made possible by a generous gift from The Bartush Family Foundation.


*Gates will open one hour in advance of program start time and parking is available in lots directly adjacent to the amphitheater and along San Jacinto Drive. Shaded chairs for 300+ attendees will be available on a first come first serve basis. Tiered concrete seating is also available, and guests may bring their own chairs (large shade structures, tents, and portable tables are not allowed). Outside alcohol is not permitted in the amphitheater. Public restrooms are available in the park and inside the amphitheater. Details regarding any cancellations or postponements due to weather will be available at ranchomiragelibrary.org.

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LifeStream Blood Drive

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Rancho Mirage Public Library
Community Room
Support your community and join us for a blood drive! Throughout the year the Library and Observatory partners with LifeStream to host these important events. Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and bring photo ID with proof of age. Donors under the age of 17 must bring a signed LifeStream parental consent form. To learn more and sign-up in advance, visit https://www.lstream.org/ or call 1-800-979-4484.
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