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HCC to host storytelling institute

Hagerstown Community College will host “Stories from Our Community” at the Bridging the Antietam Institute on November 4 and 5. This free event is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local storyteller Adam Booth will kick off the institute with “Once (Again) Upon a Time” on Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m., in the Kepler Theater. He invites participants to join him as he goes on a “journey ‘round the mountains and hollers of Appalachia through folklore and stories that will surprise you, make you laugh, and maybe event shiver with fright.” He is the recipient of the 2022 Governor’s Arts Award for Folk Arts in West Virginia.

Online sessions will be held on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running through 3:15 p.m. Sessions include Bringing Community into the Classroom; Jonathan Street: Out of the Past; Ritchie Boy Secrets: How a Force of Immigrants and Refugees Helped Win WWII; and George Swearingen: Sheriff, Husband, Murderer.

The institute will conclude with “A ‘Tellebration’ of Story” by the Antietam Storytelling Guild, on Saturday, November 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Student Center at HCC.

The Bridging the Antietam Institute has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The event is free and open to the public. To learn more or register, visit

(October 14, 2022)