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On workshop 5 for the community memoir project

Lanark Public Library, Illinois
On Friday evening, I drove out to Lanark, Illinois, to conduct the fifth workshop for the Carroll County Community Memoir Project. Patty couldn't come with me due to the death of her brother this week, so I had to do this one solo. Shown above is the library, taken in dramatic light due to the combination of high heat and humidity, a huge thunderstorm, and even a tornado warning. Nine people attended, including a lady who will soon be 91 years old, and who brought along these incredible photos from the early 1920s. That means she was born in 1919, people, about nine months after the end of WWI. Other things that happened in 1919:

  • The League of Nations was founded.
  • Theodore Roosevelt died at the age of 50.
  • Afghanistan gained independence from the UK.
  • Pancho Villa was still on the warpath in Mexico.
  • Einstein's theory of relativity was confirmed.
  • Women got the vote for the first time in the USA.
  • The Bauhaus movement was founded in Weimar, Germany, and the forerunners of the Green Bay Packers were also founded.

Here are a few more piccies of the workshop, including one of the brooding sky after the workshop ended.
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