2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017
‘13½-Minute History Lesson’

“The 13½-Minute History Lesson,” with scholar and author Dr. Rudolph Daniels, will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Daniels’ illustrated presentation will look at familiar historical figures and events, but in a very different light.

“This will be more than simply an accounting of events,” says Daniels. “The audience will learn how relatively simple things, including accidents and happenstances, caused major events that influenced politics and culture for centuries.”

Among the topics will be the pilgrims; President George Washington's reputation for integrity; and uncanny events that followed President Abraham Lincoln's assassination for more than two generations.

“Yes, this will be a ‘history lesson,’ but a most entertaining and surprising one,” says the longtime Sioux City resident.

Daniels is a retired assistant dean, department chair of railroad operations technology, and instructor of railroad history at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC).

He has written several books on railroad history, including “Trains Across the Continent” and “Sioux City Railroads.” His latest book is “The Great Railroad War: United States Railway Operations During World War I.”