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“Durham and the Olympic Oil Refinery Fight” -- ARA General Meeting Open to All

Durham Evangelical Church

Monday • February 11

Clock Icon 1:30 PM
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Location Icon Durham Evangelical Church
114 Dover Road (Route 108)
Durham, NH 03824
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The Active Retirement Association (ARA) offers programs reflecting the many interests of people 50+ years old, retired or not. Please join us to meet new friends, sample delicious refreshments, and learn more about the ARA and its upcoming activities at our General Meeting on Monday, February 11, 1:30 p.m., Durham Evangelical Church (lower level), 114 Dover Road (Route 108), Durham, NH. The program will feature Dudley Dudley, former State Representative and Executive Councilor from Durham, sharing her experience with the 1973-74 grass-roots fight against Aristotle Onassis’s planned oil refinery on Great Bay.

An oil refinery and tank farm in bucolic Durham, occupying approximately one-third of the town’s area, with a pipeline connection to a docking station for oil tankers on the Isles of Shoals??  As foreign as the idea might seem today, that mega-project almost came to pass. The tooth-and-nail fight against it has been in the public eye in recent months, since the release of David Moore’s engaging 2018 book, Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World – and Won. How did Onassis and his company approach this project? What tactics ultimately were successful against it? Dudley Dudley, who with fellow Durham residents Phyllis Bennett and Nancy Sandberg led the resistance, will describe how Durham managed to defeat this proposed project.

Dudley Webster Dudley has been a life-long political activist, from the civil rights era onward. From 1972 to 1976, she served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. From 1976 to 1984, she served on the Executive Council of New Hampshire, the first woman elected to this body. She has served as director of the NH Civil Liberties Union, an overseer of Dartmouth Medical School, a trustee of UNH, a director on the UNH Alumni Association board, and on the boards of charitable organizations including the Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation and the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust. Her awards include the UNH Granite State Award and the NH Democratic Party Eleanor Roosevelt Award for extraordinary commitment to the values of social and economic justice.

Currently the ARA has approximately 350 members from over 30 communities in New Hampshire and Maine, who support the organization by annual dues. We offer lectures, discussion groups, films, cultural tours, walks/hikes, classes, special-interest groups, and much more! For additional information, visit our website at www.unh.edu/ara or contact Membership Director Geoff McConnell at 603-743-4494 or info@ara-nh.org.

(ARA, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is not affiliated with any political, religious, ethnic, or special interest group.)

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