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Community Spotlight Series came about to honor AIL's 25th Anniversary. It aims to highlight community connections, AIL partnerships, and the experience of lifelong learning.


Each session is free and open to the public, though space is limited, and reservations are required. Times and venues vary; please see details below. 

Please join us to learn more about AIL and each other!

2023 Community Spotlight Schedule

March 8

A Child's View of WWII: Myth and Reality on the Home Front 

with Deb Perkins and Jim Perkins, Lethbridge Lodge, CSC Campus, 4-5 PM

The World War II experience has generally been told from the perspective of veterans and spouses, but now we can shift our attention to their children. What was it like to grow up in a small New Hampshire town with neighbors, parents, and older siblings heading off to war? How did government policy and propaganda affect everyday life for children of that time?

Debra (Lamson) Perkins was preparing to enter school in Elkins when her father enlisted in the U.S. Navy — leaving his wife and daughter for nearly three years. Deb will share recollections and family memorabilia from that period, supplemented by posters and images from the New London Archives presented by Jim Perkins.

Please join us for this informal and entertaining dialog to kick off our AIL Community Spotlight series. Doors open at 3:45.

Limited seats available. RSVP required. 

March 19

Songwriting After Seventy

with Gordon Terwilliger, Galligan's Pub, CSC Campus, 4-5 PM

What does one do when faced with staying home during a pandemic? 

AIL study leader Gordon Terwilliger purchased a guitar, an amp, and a mic at the beginning of the pandemic and began writing songs!

Three years and seventeen songs later, he is still enjoying the process and the performance.

Please join us for an informal and entertaining afternoon of dialog and song with Gordon Terwilliger at Galligan's Pub on Sunday, March 19. There will be lots of music, and Gordon will share how his songs came about. 

Mama T will be tending bar with light snacks provided by AIL. Doors open at 3:45.

Limited spots available. RSVP required. 

Please check back soon for future Community Spotlight events!

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