LIFE: Learning is ForEver

A venture of Recreation & Leisure Services Department and Community & Family Education 

Spanish Flu

Spanish Influenza swept through Europe before making its way back to the United States in 1918. Learn more about this outbreak and see how it compares to today’s climate.

Blue Earth County Historical Society

Tue., Jan. 11, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


A Look at What We Know About Our Universe

Take a tour through the universe from the big bang until now.  Learn about the Sun, our solar system, stars, constellations, clusters of stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and cosmology.  We will highlight what we know and what we think we know about the beginning of the universe and its evolution to its current state and speculate about life beyond the Earth. 

Charles Niederriter, Professor of Physics, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Thu., Jan. 27, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Scientific and Natural Areas: Kasota Prairie

Learn about the Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas: exceptional places where native plants and animals flourish; where rare species are protected; and where we can know, and study, Minnesota's fascinating natural features. Find out about volunteering and citizen science, prairie stewardship and our own SNA: Kasota Prairie. *Please note, this program will only be about the Kasota Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (owned and managed by the Department of Natural Resources). This is NOT same place as the nearby private preserve, also called Kasota Prairie (owned and managed by Covia Corporation, formerly Unimin).

Kelly Randall, Outreach Coordinator, Scientific and Natural Area Program, MN DNR

Thu., Feb. 3, 11 a.m., SPCC 219


The History of Women

Did you ever wonder why women are paid less than men doing the same work? What have governments, political parties, religions done to position women as second rate citizens. Was it always like that? This talk series breaks all the standard public speaking rules by frankly pointing out the shortcomings of our society as it relates to women. 

Larry Korteum, Historical Presenter 

Tue., Feb. 8, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


The History of Marriage

Most only recognize marriage as it exists in modern Western society but the reality is there are many different “marriage” arrangements in the world. There are even societies where there is no marriage and marriages with many husbands and one wife. Marriages are sometimes arranged before the birth of the bride or groom. Some marriages were only for one year. Where did the honeymoon tradition start? Learn about it all.

Larry Korteum, Historical Presenter 

Tue., Feb. 15, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free



Local photographer, Jon Smithers returns with new drones and demonstration! Learn about his start with drones and see drones in action in the gym! 

Jon Smithers, Wildlife, Nature, Landscape & Aerial Photography

Thu., Mar. 3, 11 a.m., SPCC Gym, Free


Welsh in Blue Earth County

The second-largest settlement of Welsh in Minnesota happens to be in Blue Earth County. Learn about the Welsh who settled in Blue Earth County. Learn about the Jones, Roberts, Evans, and other families that settled along the Minnesota River Valley.

Blue Earth County Historical Society

Tue., Mar. 15, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Religion and American Freedom: Two Part Series

This class will explore how religious Americans have thought about freedom. From debates about predestination and free will to current controversies over mask and vaccine mandates, religious Americans have celebrated, argued over, and demanded "freedom." We will consider the many—and possibly contradictory ways—people have used the term and what that might mean for many of our current divides and debates.

Sarah Ruble, Professor of Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College

Part 1: Fri., Mar. 4, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free 

Part 2: Fri., Mar. 18, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free 

Spring Series: Historical Figures 


Lucky Lindy

Lindbergh had a love of flying, a desire to excel in his art and a profound faith in the future of aviation. Lindbergh was certain a non-stop trans-Atlantic flight was the best way to promote the fledgling field of aviation. In an age when countless passengers fly across the oceans every day, it is difficult for us to truly appreciate what a magnificent feat Lindbergh had accomplished. 

Arn Kind, Historical Presenter

Wed., Feb. 23, 2 p.m., SPCC 219, Free


Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt is arguably one of our most colorful President.  There are not many who can put on their resume:  Author, Cowboy, Naturalist, Statesman, Soldier, Governor, Vice- President, Policeman, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President, Father and Bull Moose! A fun and engaging talk about the exciting life of Teddy Roosevelt – from an asthmatic childhood, to the loss of his wife and mother on the same day, to his ascension to the Presidency.  

Adam Lindquist, Historical Presenter

Wed., Mar. 23, 2 p.m., SPCC 219, Free


Helen Keller

In the late nineteenth century a little girl struggled out of the depths of fear. At age of two, Helen experienced a life threatening illness. She was plunged into a dark, silent world. Anne Sullivan, a determined young teacher would find the key to unlock Helen’s prison. Through Anne’s diligence and perseverance, Helen would become a world renowned speaker and advocate for the disabled.

Jessica Michna, Historical Presenter

Wed., Apr. 27, 2 p.m., SPCC 219, Free