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Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Thursday, 22 March, 2018
Friday, 23 March, 2018
Friday, 06 April, 2018
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    Built in 1890 by the Knights of Pythius, this three-story structure was renovated by a local business woman in 2017 to become a 12 room inn. The owner/operator, Kimberlee Davidson, will be there to give us a guided tour and provide us with full color brochures. There is a lift for those uncomfortable with climbing stairs. We'll be enjoying lunch at the Whitling Whimsy Cafe, 107 E. Main, Casey, before the tour. Let us know if you can attend either or both gatherings.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Monday, 09 April, 2018
Saturday, 14 April, 2018
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    Past Forward Memoir Writers are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a workshop led by award winning novelist Amy Hassinger (Nina: Adolescence 2003, The Priest’s Madonna 2009, After the Dam 2016). Ms. Hassinger will be sharing insights on plot development in two interactive sessions useful to writers of fiction and creative nonfiction alike. Coffee and tea, a sandwich lunch and snacks are included in the registration fee. Space is limited to 30 participants, so register early to reserve your spot. Sponsored by Past Forward, Academy of Lifelong Learning, Coles County Arts Council and Mattoon Arts Council.

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Wednesday, 18 April, 2018
Wednesday, 02 May, 2018
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    On April 26, 1952, a guard ship, the USS HOBSON, collided with a larger aircraft carrier, the USS WASP. The HOBSON split completely in two and, in less than 4 minutes, descended into the cold Atlantic water. On that dark and moonless night, 175 US Navy Sailors and their Captain were thrust brutally to the bottom of the ocean where they rest in eternal sleep. Sixty-one survivors of the HOBSON were rescued by the heroic efforts of sailors serving on the accompanying ship, the RODMAN, and on the WASP which had a huge gaping hole in her bow. This book is being written at the request of the son of one of the sailors serving on the HOBSON who died that night. This young sailor was one of the 176 who never got to go home, never experienced family again. He didn’t get to hold the child he was expecting nor care for him as he was growing up. Many stories have been shared by the survivors and witnesses of this catastrophe. This is an account of an error in judgment which resulted in a tragedy met by those who serve with competent action, integrity, kindness, and reverence for those who serve.

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Wednesday, 09 May, 2018
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    Bonnie Parr, Historical Documents Conservator of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, will present a program about preserving old family photographs. She will talk about the proper environment for the long-term preservation of photographs, explain and show examples of archival enclosures, and give guidelines on proper handling of these unique and often very fragile materials. Attendees will learn what factors affect the longevity of photographs, understand what is meant by “acid free” paper and which types of plastics are “archival”, and learn useful tips for handling and managing their collections of old family photographs.

    Tags: Academy of Lifelong Learning | Alumni | Community | Current Students | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Tuesday, 05 June, 2018
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
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