Fall 2017

Get to know LLI by attending our Brown Bag Lunches at the Ice House. Bring your lunch on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 12:00pm - 1:15pm. Brown Bag Lunch presentations are open to everyone. You do not have to be a member, you do not have to register, and there is no admission fee. Come and enjoy fun and fellowship while having the opportunity to enhance your knowledge. Parking is available in the JMU lot without a parking pass during Brown Bag Lunches. 

For more information, contact the JMU-LLI at (540) 568-2923


"In This Land: The Camp Lyndhurst Saga - German Prisoners of War in the Old Dominion"
September 26, 2017

This feature documentary, from independent film group Alpha Vision Films, explores a little known and fascinating chapter in Virginia history. "In This Land: The Camp Lyndhurst Saga. German Prisoners of War in The Old Dominion" features historian and author of The Longest Patrol, Gregory L. Owen,  along with President of The Waynesboro Heritage Foundation, Shirley Bridgeforth. You won't want to miss this incredible story that retraces, and at long last reveals, a compelling story in The Shenandoah Valley. James Overton is the founder-producer-director-writer of Alpha Vision Films, a film-making group in the Shenadoah Valley. His work has been broadcast on PBS and "The Camp Lyndhurst Saga" was selected by The Virginia War Memorial. He has produced and directed over 20 films, and is also the host of Monday Night at the Movies at The Historic Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA.


Trick or Treat! Storytelling
October 3, 2017

Listening to Susan Clark is a treat. Come prepared to be entertained by a talented story teller, who has shared tales, old and new, in myriad places. Those she will tell on this occasion will be scary ones, trickster ones, or eerie ones that are not necessarily ghost stories. October is the month for chilling listening!  A founding member of the Shenandoah Storytelling Guild, Susan Clark has been telling stories for nearly two decades.  A former children's librarian in schools and in the public library, she also has taught three sessions of writing family stories for LLI.


The Good Old Days Were Terrible!
October 17, 2017

The Good Old Days reside in the minds of many as a time around 1900—at the turn of the 20th century—when Americans lived more simple lives, more free of stress, in a beautiful landscape of pleasant homes, farms, and surroundings. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Our forebearers at the beginning of the modern era lived mostly in an environment of relentless labor, poverty or near-poverty, poor health, with no social safety nets, and with unchecked pollution. Presenter Greg Owen explains through period photographs and statistical data, how and why The Good Old Days Were Terrible! Gregory L. Owen is a native of Bridgewater, Virginia and a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. He received a BA in History from JMU, Summa Cum Laude With Distinction In History, and served six years on the Board of Trustees for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. He is the author of the published biography, The Longest Patrol: A U-Boat Gunner's War.


Wolves in the Winter in Yellowstone Park
October 31, 2017

“Watching the reintroduced grey wolves in Yellowstone is a significant exercise in understanding the interplay and balance of nature, especially in the winter, when my wife and I were volunteers there for three months in 2009 with the Yellowstone Association.” Andy Sale is a retired Presbyterian Minister and a public school elementary guidance counselor, certified Master Naturalist, and lover of nature. 


Eastern Mennonite University Centennial
November 7, 2017

In 1917, Eastern Mennonite School was founded on property north of town known as Assembly Park. Eastern Mennonite University is celebrating its 100 year anniversary during the 2017/18 academic year. Dr. Huxman, president of EMU, will discuss the continuing transformation of a small school on the north side of Harrisonburg into a private liberal arts university with approximately 1800 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman has served for more than 25 years in higher education in a variety of administrative and academic leadership roles. She has served as Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president since Jan. 1, 2017.

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