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Bridging the Antietam

Institute Sessions

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Keynote: Friday, November 4

Adam Booth, "Once (Again) Upon A Time"

Kepler Theater, 7-9 p.m.

Adam Booth, professional storyteller and 2022 West Virginia Folk Artist of the Year, invites you to journey round the mountains and hollers of Appalachia through folklore and stories that will surprise you, make you laugh, and maybe even shiver with fright. Join him on Friday, November 4th at 7 pm in the Kepler Center for Performing Arts at Hagerstown Community College for an evening of and about storytelling. The event is free and open to the public.


Online Sessions: Saturday, November 5

Session 1: 9-10:15 a.m. (for educators) via Zoom

Bringing the Community into the Classroom by Alicia Drumgoole and Kate Benchoff

This session will focus on the Bridging the Antietam Grant Team’s efforts to redesign and create place-based curricula to help create more meaningful classroom environments and to  better engage students in their own communities. This session will serve as a presentation and a roundtable session for educators looking to implement place-based learning in the classroom. Students will also showcase their work during this session.

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Session 2: 10:30-11:45 a.m. via Zoom

Jonathan Street: Out of the Past by Tereance Moore and Reggie Turner

In 2019, a group of Hagerstown residents banded together to try and save a historical building slated for destruction at 335 Jonathan Street. In the end, the building at 335 Jonathan Street was demolished, but the efforts had not been in vain. Resources collected and coordinated by the Western Maryland Development Cooperation, Preservation Maryland and other state and local stakeholders made it possible to save a log cabin at 417 Jonathan Street. This session will focus on the story of Hagerstown’s Jonathan Street Cabinand the value of community activism.

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Break: 11:45-12:30 p.m.

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Session 3: 12:30-1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Ritchie Boy Secrets by Beverley Driver Eddy

Dr. Eddy will be sharing the fascinating and important story of how one group of men stationed at Fort Ritchie influenced the outcome of World War II.

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Session 4: 2:00-3:15 p.m. via Zoom

George Swearingen: Husband, Sheriff, Murderer by Abigail Koontz

Abigail Koontz will relate the tale of the Washington County Sheriff who in 1829 was arrained for murdering his wife. Using original documents from the Washington Historical Society archives, Abigail will examine the evidence and what it has to say about George Swearingen and about the times in which he lived.

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This event has concluded, thank you to all the invited presenters and to Hagerstown Community College staff and faculty who helped make this event possible.

Institute Sessions