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'Echoes of John Brown' premiering Wednesday

November 29, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is hosting the Hagerstown premiere of "Echoes of John Brown" on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

Seating is limited. Tickets cost $5.

The documentary was filmed by Historical Entertainment of Cascade during 2009, in Franklin County, Pa., Washington County in Maryland, and Jefferson County, W.Va. The film was financially sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB as part of the 150th anniversary of John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

The film, which is about 35 minutes long, includes a historical look at abolitionist Brown, and the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, said to have been the "spark that caused the Civil War."

The story of John Brown's raid is told by Dennis Frye, chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The film includes a travelogue of places to visit in the Tri-State area, hosted by Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield. The documentary is narrated by Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB.

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Alexander and Frye are scheduled to attend the premiere, and will be available to sign copies of the DVD.

A short preview of the documentary is available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5MZ5OmZwzo.  

More information or ticket reservations may be obtained by contacting Historical Entertainment at 1-877-434-3456 or 301-241-3350. 

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