Huron, Ohio – The kickoff of the ElderCollege spring semester is set for Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 1:30-3:00 p.m., in the Cedar Point Center at Bowling Green State University Firelands College. The event will feature Steve Ball and his unique presentation on Civil War era music.  The event is free and open to the public.

Ball has developed a presentation that explains both why the tunes were written, and what was going on in the war at the time by using all Civil War era Martin guitars. The songs are presented in a somewhat chronological order, and Ball tells the story of each song, and keeps listeners informed of the progress of the war at the same time.

Ball started both playing the guitar and studying the American Civil War at the age of twelve. His interest in Civil War music was generated by tunes he learned while in the western trio, and eventually he built a repertoire of songs from the 19th century.

More information on Ball is available on his website at

ElderCollege is an independent organization supported by BGSU Firelands. With more than 150 members, it is designed to promote lifelong learning for adults 50 years of age and beyond from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

There are no academic requirements to join ElderCollege, and there are no tests or grades.  Individuals simply attend for the enjoyment of learning.

Thirty-five classes are planned for the spring semester. Topics range from photography to history, and much more.

Individuals can enroll in ElderCollege for a fee of $70 per semester or $110 for two semesters, which entitles them to attend unlimited classes during the selected period. Non-members also can participate by paying a minimal fee per class- typically $20.

For more information about the ElderCollege spring kickoff, contact Tracy DeFazio in the Office of Educational Outreach at 419-372-0617 or by e-mail at

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