Hagerstown Torch Club hosting international convention

June 23, 2011

About 150 members from about 70 Torch Clubs across the United States and Canada will gather at the Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center today through Sunday for the annual Torch Convention.

It marks the first time the Hagerstown Torch Club has hosted the annual convention since the inauguration of the Hagerstown club in 1952, according to a club news release.

The mission of the International Association of Torch Clubs is to encourage communication among members of different learned professions. The association provides the opportunity for leading professionals to exchange knowledge and understanding of each other’s fields.

The theme of this year’s convention is “A Border State Perspective.”

Those presenting papers include Director of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Rebecca Massie Lane, former executive director of the Washington County Historical Society Melinda Marsden, R. Alan Hedges and Edwin Itnyre.

In addition to the presentation of papers, convention attendees will tour Antietam National Battlefield, downtown Hagerstown, Fort Frederick and historic homes in the area.
A social hour will be held Friday at The Maryland Theatre, followed by a banquet at Fountain Head Country Club and a reception in the atrium at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Various association board meetings and business sessions will take place throughout the convention.

On Sunday, June 26, the association will hold its first Torch Convention Book Fair at the Dual Highway hotel. The book fair, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is open to the public.

Those who turn out for the book fair will be able to purchase books and meet with authors, including Alan Button, George DuBois Jr., Jim Hassinger, James Hiatt, Ivan Hrabowsky, Allan Joseph, Jody Long, Nicholas Long, Warner Montgomery, Francis Moul, Michael Parsons, Chester Pearson and Keir Sterling.

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Editor's note: This story was edited Thursday, June 23, to correct the dates of the convention and the titles of members who will be presenting papers at the convention.

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