Life Enrichment Starts New Year with Historical Performance | Butler Community College

Life Enrichment Starts New Year with Historical Performance

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Published: Monday, August 29th, 2016

Butler Community College’s Life Enrichment program begins the new membership year on Tuesday, September 6 with a historical performance by Doug McGovern.

He will be joined by Dr. Kim Krull, Butler Community College president, who will kick off the meeting at 9 a.m.

McGovern’s performance at 10 a.m. will be a commemoration of the Battle at Antietam. This battle, fought at Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, resulted in the most casualties suffered in a single day in all of U.S. history. In fact, the casualty rate was such that a soldier was killed or wounded every two seconds for 11 hours. This battle was the first time that actual battlefield images were photographed and thus, the first time that the American public was exposed to the real battlefield experience.

In presenting this topic, some history of photographing President Lincoln, the technology of civil war photography, and a few other topics regarding the time and the place will be presented. McGovern is a photographer, teacher, engineer and historical performer. After retiring from a career in engineering management, he developed his love of the past by working on stereo photography. This led McGovern to start a company called "Vintage Visuals" to produce and distribute stereo pictures.

Dr. Krull will give a “state of the college” address and introduce Butler’s new vice president for academic affairs, Lori Winningham.

Life Enrichment usually meets on the first Tuesday morning of each month. Area adults enjoy high-quality speakers and performers, along with a light breakfast and coffee at each regular meeting. Meetings take place in the Clifford/Stone Community Room at the Hubbard Welcome Center on the El Dorado campus. New members are welcome to attend this meeting at no cost to see what Life Enrichment has to offer. Membership forms will be available at the meeting. Annual dues are $25.

For more information about Life Enrichment or the September 6 program, please contact Trisha Walls at 316-218-6355 or