American Ideals Topic of Great Decisions Forum

March 28, 2019 GMT

WESTMINSTER -- Professor Eric Budd of Fitchburg State University will discuss how American ideals, values and power have shaped the modern world on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Forbush Library.

He will also discuss how diplomacy conducted by the U.S. State Department has enabled the United States to maintain its international leadership role for over a century.

Budd will also discuss the recent reductions in military force and unfilled ambassador posts that have raised concern that U.S. influence around the world is decreasing allowing Russia and China to take the lead.

This is the last session of “Great Decisions” for the year offered by the library.

Budd’s presentation is free and open to all. Great Decisions is supported, in part, by the Westminster Cultural Council.

For more information, call 987-874-7416 or click .

Letters from World War II to be aired at Fitchburg library


FITCHBURG -- Local author Corinne H. Smith will speak about her experience of finding her mother’s stash of more than 100 letters from 16 service members she corresponded with during World War II.

The presentation will take place in the Library’s Garden Room at 6:30 p.m. on April 11 and is free to attend.

After finding the letters in May 2017, Smith began to trace the soldiers’ family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children.

Learn about her on-going project, and hear some of the stories of the men, their experiences, and what their relatives have to say today. This presentation links history and genealogy to present-day research and diligence.

Smith is a writer who is originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her first book was a self-published family history titled “From Saxony to the Lehigh Valley: The Descendents of Ludwig Hossfeld (1992).” She is a former librarian and lives in Gardner, Massachusetts. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Fitchburg Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. For information about this or other library programs call 978-829-1780 or visit .