On Tuesday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary's Catholic Church on Pleasant Street in Springfield, James "Buddy" Edgerton will present the next Osher Lifelong Learning program, The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait of Two American Families.
Edgerton grew up next door to Norman Rockwell and posed as a model for some of Rockwell's famous paintings, including "The Boy Scout." He has written a book about his memories of growing up playing with the Rockwell children in West Arlington
The book includes a portrait that Rockwell personally gave to the family upon the death of Buddy's young cousin. This unknown Rockwell portrait had hung on the family's wall for 60 years.
Through anecdotes and pictures, Edgerton will bring alive aspects of Norman Rockwell's private life as viewed through the eyes of the ordinary dairy farming family.
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!"
Membership is $40 for the semester. Non-members are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee of $8. Scholarship help is available.
To receive a complete brochure listing, you can call 885-8390 **8550 and leave your name and address.