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Nazi POWS in the Tar Heel State 1942-1946

Robert Billinger, Jr, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus History at Wingate College, will be at the Granville County senior center on Friday, May 25th to hold this program. More than 10,000 German prisoners of war were interned in eighteen camps in North Carolina during World War II. Yet apart from the guards, civilian workers, and FBI and local police who tracked escapees, most people were – and remain – unaware of their presence.
“Nazi POWS in the Tar Heel State, 1942-1946” is a lively lecture and PowerPoint presentation of photos, maps and documents revealing the POW program in North Carolina during World War II. Surveyed are the arrival of the first prisoners, the work program, escapes, reeducation, and repatriation. The story told reveals the diversity of the men captured in German uniform: U-Boat men captured off the Carolina coast, infantry men and paratroopers captured in Italy, North Africa and France. It also reveals the presence of Nazis and anti-Nazis, former concentration camp inmates, and a multitude of men captured in German uniforms who before the war had been Austrians, Belgians, Frenchmen, and Soviet citizens.
Billinger argues that the wartime experiences of the POWS and citizens of North Carolina revealed to both sides that enemies are human, uniforms conceal diversity, and wartime enemies can become life-long friends. This program will begin at 1:00 p.m. This is a Road Scholars Program through the NC Humanities Council, therefore there will be no charge for this program.
Pre-registration for each of these programs is recommended. Please call the Granville County center at (919)693-1930 to register.

Understanding Black History as American History

Omar Ali, Ph.D., Dean of Honors College at UNC Greensboro, will be at the Granville County senior center on Friday, May 11th to hold this program. African Americans have played an integral role in the creation and development of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Since 1619 when the first twenty Africans were brought to the shores of the Chesapeake to the election of the nation’s first black president, black men and women have contributed to the economic, political and cultural growth of the U.S. Much of how U.S. history is taught, however, marginalizes the African American narrative. This presentation will engage audiences in an exploration of how “Black History” is “American History” without glorifying the contributions of men and women of African descent, yet demonstrating their significance in shaping America’s narrative. This program will begin at 1:00 p.m. This is a Road Scholars Program through the NC Humanities Council therefore there will be no charge for this program.

Pre-registration for each of these programs is recommended. Please call the Granville County center at (919)693-1930 to register.

Open Enrollment for Medicare Parts C & D

Your health needs change from year to year and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year too.  That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year.  The Annual Election Period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can review and/or change their Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plans for 2018.  Open enrollment begins October 15 and ends on December 7.  If you wnat to review your plan for 2018 please call the Granville County Senior Center in Oxford at (919)693-1930 to schedule an appointment during open enrollment time.  We have well-trained SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) counselors who are able to assist you with changing your plan.  

8th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Granville County Senior Services will be holding their 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Stop by between 9am and 3pm to shop with talented arts and craft vendors and some direct sale vendors.  Our staff will be cooking their famous hot dogs with all the fixings and for dessert check out our bake sale items.  For more information on becoming a vendor call the center at 919-693-1930.  

Click to print a copy of the  Bazaar Application

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