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The Lark: Vol 2, Issue 14, November 2022 Special Edition



  • FROM THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE: Members tell why they chose our Memoir courses
  • VOYAGE OF THE MARLBOROUGH: Author Christian McBurney will discuss the events detailed in his new book Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade on Wed, Nov 16
  • LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM: Tickets available for the House at Work Tour on Sat, Nov 19

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

From Stages of Freedom
November is National Inspirational Role Models Month
How Youth Are Empowered by Our Heroes and Heroines

November 1, 2022
Rosa Parks: Sitting Down to Stand Up

"Rosa Parks is one of the greatest symbols of the Civil Rights movement…There are not many people that change the country, and Rosa Parks is one of them who changed life for people around the country.” by Olivia

November 2, 2022
Dr. King: Peacemaker

“Martin Luther King Jr. is a good role model because he was never violent and he was a very peaceful man… because he never gave up trying for what he wanted to do, which was change the rights for black people.” by Howard

November 3, 2022
Oprah: Turning Wounds into Wisdom

“Oprah Winfrey is a hero for her dedication, generosity, and her attributes to inspiring others. Oprah Winfrey was an inspiration to others because not only did she want to accomplish her dreams but she wanted others to achieve their goals and follow her footsteps… She has brought so much awareness to the idea of being able to do whatever you set your mind to. She has been an inspiration to millions and has showed people how a rough start can lead to a greater ending.” by Anisa from San Diego

To learn more about Stages of Freedom, contact


What do you like about our courses?

Why take a memoir class? Members of this semester’s class tell why they chose memoir:

  • I enjoy the process of writing my life stories – remembering the order of details, how to share stories with those unfamiliar with my family, and how to edit out fluff. I need to be given deadlines to get my stories on paper. This memoir writing class does that for me! Thank you, LLC.
  • I was surprised by how much of my memory was restored just from participating in the class. It was fun! I didn’t expect it to be so fun.
  • I was looking for a structured place to write. I’ve found that everyone has such stories to tell.
  • This class provides me incentive to write consistently each week. I have discovered joy in the writing process. A wonderful bonus from the class is a chance to hear the life stories of my fellow students.
  • This class is very wonderful and rich in story and sharing, open and provides encouragement to write one’s own story.
  • I have been so delighted to be a part of the class. It’s like a little gift every week and I look forward to learning and hearing classmates’ stories – both happy, funny, and heartbreaking.
  • I enjoy this class because it gives me the incentive to write. The group is warm and friendly.
  • We have a wonderful group with which to share our stories. I love to write and this class gives me the incentive to keep doing it.
  • The obligation to write something every week or two is the motivation I needed to get going on my life story. And it is wonderful to hear the widely and wildly varying life stories of the other class members.

Barrington Preservation Society & Barrington Public Library Present
Voyage of the Marlborough with Author Christian McBurney

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 7 PM
Barrington Public Library, Second Floor
Salem Family Auditorium
Free, no registration required


Author Christian McBurney will discuss the events detailed in his new book Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade.

The book tells how in 1778, an American ship sailed across the Atlantic to attack British slave trading posts and ships on the coast of West Africa.

This is also very much a Rhode Island story. The main investor and mastermind behind the voyage was Providence merchant John Brown. The 20-gun privateer, called the Marlborough, was built in Providence. Most of the officers and crew hailed from Rhode Island towns.

The lecture will be approximately 45 minutes long and will take place in the Salem Family Auditorium at the Barrington Public Library. Free and open to all.


There's Still Time to Sign up for the House at Work Tour

Have you visited the Lippitt House and want to see more? On Saturday, November 19 there will be a special tour experience led by Director Carrie Taylor and Curator of Education Cathy Saunders. Visitors will take an alternative path through the house as they explore a different perspective and see some spaces not usually on tour.

Hear stories about some of the servants who lived at Lippitt House and learn about the 19th century back-of-the-house mechanical systems that made life comfortable for the Lippitt family.

Tours will be offered at 10:30 and Noon, but space is limited so advance registration is required at

Please note: This tour will take guests into unfinished areas only accessible by stairs.



Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery, c.1870