An introduction to the origins of place names in our cultural landscapes that are evolving both historically and geographically. Selections will come from (a) a new nation's names, (b) America discovers Columbus, (c) Yankee New England, (d) Jefferson's western lands, (e) dry country and mountains, (f) patterns of street names, and (g) cotton and the new South. A U.S. map would be helpful to have handy for class. Convener: Dan Dillman is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in Geography Emeritus at NIU. He has presented a variety of LLI courses, including US-Mexico Borderlands, Palaces and Vineyards of Europe, and Shapes of U.S. States. Please note that this class is part of a Tuesday afternoon Doubleheader with Dan Dillman: America's Empire (first four weeks) and Names on the Land (second four weeks). The Northern Illinois University Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), established in 2000, is a member-directed group of individuals primarily age 50 plus who enjoy learning in informal, flexible, non-competitive groups and like connecting with peers who share their interests. No grades, no tests – just Learning for the Fun of It.