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A Forum for Lifelong Learning by Michael Valliant

In 2001, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Academy for Lifelong Learning held its first class. Eighteen years later, ALL’s winter/spring semester had 570 participants in 31 offered classes, and the group has become an engine for lifelong learning in Talbot County. This fall brings a slight change, as ALL becomes “Chesapeake Forum,” and aligns itself

operationally with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. John Ford worked for CBMM for more than 29 years. He was the first, only and always secretary for ALL; one of the earliest instructors and is now a volunteer coordinator for Chesapeake Forum. “ALL began as an initiative to engage and offer opportunities for continuing education in the com-

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