The Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, part of the Franciscan Communities, will be hosting the Spring Into Knowledge 2019 LifeLong Learning Institute program, “The Woman Behind the Teddy Bear,” presented in partnership with Harper College, on Thursday, March 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is one of many enriching and entertaining educational opportunities available to Addolorata Villa residents and all local adults ages 55 and older.
It is common knowledge that President Theodore Roosevelt, who died one century ago this year, was the namesake of the world famous Teddy Bear. What hardly anyone knows is the cuddly, stuffed toys were invented by an amazing woman from Southern Germany, who overcame terrible sickness and incredible challenges. She turned her tiny workshop into one of the most recognizable, international brands—in the male dominated world of the 19th century! Join German historian Anette Issacs as she relates the truly awe-inspiring life of toy maker and business maven Margarete Steiff.
With no required educational background, homework, or grades, the Lifelong Learning Institute provides great discussions, new friendships, and the joy of learning among peers. To secure your spot in this free program, RSVP with Liz Starman at (847) 808-4421. Seating is limited.