The Harford County Public Library was given an opportunity to expand its Journey Stories partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution by participating in the Journey Stories Youth History Project, a national pilot program to empower youth to collect, record, and share local oral histories.
The Hosanna School Museum is collaborating with the library and has focused on an interesting and little known story in Harford County: The migration of farmers and families that formerly dwelled on the nearly 73,000 acres now occupied by Aberdeen Proving Ground. These families, occupying a 20-mile or so strip along US Route 40, were forced to make way for what some called a “government intrusion,” and others called a “patriotic sacrifice.” How they rebuilt their ties and communities will be explored by participating teens and adult mentors of The Journey Stories Youth Oral History Project, and presented in a Hosanna School exhibition. The resulting oral histories will also be made available to the public through the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories web site (http://journeystories.org).
June 2, 2012
1 – 4pm (exhibitions are open from 11am)
Exhibition Openings and Reception
Join us for a celebration of two Journey Stories exhibitions! Divergence: The Pathways of African-Americans in Harford County, documents the journeys of African-American Harford County citizens through time and is meant as a companion exhibition to Fugitives, Accessories, and Catchers at the Bel Air Library. Lost and Found: The Forgotten Communities of APG, the Journey Stories Youth Oral History Project Exhibition will also be open. Meet the “youth curators” and hear about their unique experiences collecting family stories and helping to creating this presentation. Light refreshments. Reception from 1 – 4pm. Free of charge; donations appreciated. Held at Hosanna School Museum, 2424 Castleton, Rd, Darlington, MD. (From June 6-July 25, Hosanna School is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10-4.) http://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org (live April 2012)