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Garden Spot Village to host WWII Living History program

September 24, 2012

On Oct. 20, 2012, Garden Spot Village invites the public to a Living History presentation on World War II featuring scholarly lectures as well as first-hand recollections by those who lived through this significant era.

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Sept. 24, 2012 — Garden Spot Village invites the public to a “Living History” presentation on World War II featuring lectures by scholars as well as first-hand recollections by those who lived through this significant era.
“We plan to record this event on DVD and make it available for public use,” said Chet Yoder, director of pastoral services at Garden Spot Village. “We envision this as the first in a series of similar events documenting history through the experiences and memories of persons who lived it.”

Yoder is facilitating the program along with Dan Spanjer, associate professor of Arts and Sciences at Lancaster Bible College, and Jeff Martin, a history teacher at Garden Spot Village High School. Spanjer is a U.S. historian who had relatives who fought during World War II. He is currently researching Maj. Gen. Ralph Spanjer, who served as a Marine pilot.

During the Living History program, Spanjer will present an hour-long lecture on the events leading up to World War II followed by a discussion, during which attendees will be encouraged to offer their memories and experiences of the time.
“We are a part of history, and we share our history so that all may benefit,” Yoder said. “We expect to hear rich sharing on memories of service in the European, Asian or African theaters, as well as recollections of the impact that the war had on local communities, the involvement of women and other topics.”

The program is free and open to the general public. The lecture will be offered on Sat., Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the chapel in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave. Refreshments served. Preregistration is requested. Call 717-355-6159.

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