“This Business of Fighting: A Human Face on World War II,” presented by historian Arnie Pritchard

04/12/2019 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments.
Free and open to the public.

Since he was a child, Arnie Pritchard wanted to be an historian. He earned a Ph.D. in history at Yale and published a book, Catholic Loyalism in Elizabethan England, based on his dissertation. However, rather than becoming a college history professor he instead spent the rest of his working career as a researcher and planner for the State of Connecticut.

Arnie never did lose the history bug though and in the 1990s found a creative outlet in telling folktales, personal experience stories, and literary classics at local libraries and storytelling conferences.

Then Arnie inherited his father’s army footlocker. Inside was a history trove of hundreds of objects: letters to and from home, medals, pictures, and mementos of Anton (Tony) Pritchard’s time abroad from 1942 to 1947. As Arnie became immersed in the wartime material, a narrative began to emerge, and he put his father’s letters into a presentation designed to entertain and enlighten. Arnie is now a historical World War II storyteller, chronicling Tony’s experience of the European campaigns of 1944-45. More at http://www.thisbusinessoffighting.com/index.php.

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