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National Storytelling Network member to visit Waynesboro for 'Civil War 150'

March 23, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A member of the National Storytelling Network will visit Waynesboro Saturday as part of the town’s continued commemoration of “Civil War 150.”

Ilene Evans will portray Harriet Tubman as she shares the story of the Underground Railroad at Trinity United Church of Christ at 1:30 p.m.

Evans will be dressed in period-appropriate attire to present the living-history program, highlighting the important role Tubman played in assisting escaped slaves during the 19th century.

Evans performs, teaches and lectures throughout the United States as well as overseas. Her work is known for being educational, entertaining and enjoyable for audiences of all ages, according to a news release.

Ruth Gembe, a historian and Waynesboro native, will have her collection of “Directional Quilts” on display at the church during the event.

The presentation is the second in a series of collaborative efforts between Main Street Waynesboro Inc., Franklin County Visitors Bureau and Waynesboro Historical Society.

Last year, the organizations began working together to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, bringing historian Myra Reichart to town for a holiday-themed program in December.

A third event is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, when actor and historian Al Stone will portray Gen. Robert E. Lee riding his horse into Waynesboro’s Center Square.

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