• Presenter: Anne Millbrooke
• Date: Monday, sept. 29
• time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• location: Aspen Pointe
Built to train bomber crews, the Great falls Army Air force Base became the point of departure for aircraft being ferried to the soviet union via Canada and Alaska. from the fall of 1942 to the fall of 1945, the u.s. sent 8,000 airplanes out of Great falls to fairbanks, Alaska, where the aircraft were transferred to soviet airmen for the flight across siberia. These aircrafts were for use against Germany’s eastern front — to keep the soviets in the war, to keep German forces divided between two fronts. This is the Great
falls story.


Reading: Gary Glynn, Montana’s Home Front during World War II (Missoula: Pictorial histories, 1994)


Anne Millbrooke grew up in Washington. She went east to college, first to Boise State College in Idaho, then to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and finally to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for her doctorate. She ran the history program at United Technologies Corporation. She taught history at universities. She wrote an award-winning aviation history textbook used at universities, including the Air Force Academy.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust