OLLI presents: Gold mines of New England

Did you know that some of the purest gold mined came from Vermont and New Hampshire? Stock photo.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Jim Pecora will present “Gold Mines of New England,” the next OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program, on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Pleasant St. in Springfield, Vt.

New Hampshire and Vermont produce nearly 24 carat gold right out of the ground! This is the purest in the country. We will hear about scams, myths, and facts about the most sought after metal in the earth. Gold truly is made from the stars! Pecora will explain how this stardust – that the common man can successfully collect – or its pursuit will drive you to a point of insanity called “madness.”

Pecora is an author and mining historian and director of the Mica Mine Schoolhouse Museum in Alstead, N.H. His passion as an amateur geologist springs from a lifetime of collected anecdotes, stories, published works, and extensive field research. To many, both young and old, he is often known as the “Rock Guy” due to his love of all things “rock.” Last year, he presented a very educational and entertaining program on the history of beryl mining in Acworth, N.H.

Discover what it is that makes humans “mad” over gold. Stock photo.

This program is co-sponsored by the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society.

OLLI-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, affiliated with the University of Vermont, is a local membership program geared towards seniors 50 years and older who want to engage in meaningful learning, “just for the fun of it!” People of all ages are welcome to attend.

The OLLI series programs are selected with input from the local members and carry varied themes from semester to semester including history, art, music, literature, health, nature, science, travel, and current events.

Programs are held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons and last about an hour and a half.

Membership fees include nine programs. Non-members are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee. Memberships, as well as single program fees, may be paid at the program.

The following OLLI program will be two weeks later on March 13, and will be “Mozart: Child Prodigy Makes Good!” presented by professional composer, Erik Nielsen.

Brochures have been distributed throughout the area towns at businesses, the local libraries, town halls, and Chamber of Commerce offices. The complete Springfield and state-wide program list is available online at www.learn.uvm.edu/olli. Choose State-wide programs from the menu, and then scroll to Springfield.

For weather-related changes to the schedule you may check the above mentioned website or SAPA TV, 802-885-6248 or call 802-885-3094.

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