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Church at Lancaster, New Hampshire, February 1936.
The church in Grover's Corner may have looked like this one in Lancaster, New Hampshire

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Playwright Thornton Wilder Was Born
April 17, 1897

Wilder's writing puts humankind under a magnifying glass. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Skin of Our Teeth (1943), he looks at war, disease, poverty, and the destruction caused by fire. His other prize-winning play, Our Town (1937), takes place in a fictional town called Grover's Corner, New Hampshire, perhaps much like the town in this photograph. The play again focuses on the universality of human experience. What human experiences can you think of that are universal? Ask your family if they have ever seen a play or read a novel by Thornton Wilder.
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