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'History Hippies' group discusses local folk history

April 05, 2012

WELSH RUN, Pa. — On the second Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a small group of local history enthusiasts gathers at the Conococheague Institute’s Welsh Barrens Visitors Center, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pa.

The group delves into informal discussions of local history, moderated by the Conococheague Institute’s historian, Calvin Bricker Jr.

Bricker’s concept of “History Hippies” stems from his personal experience with learning history. Having had family in Welsh Run and Claylick, Pa., for many generations, Bricker is curious about the lives of his ancestors and their neighbors: What foods did they eat? How did they travel? Where had they lived before they came to the Conococheague Valley? What tools did they use? How did they earn a living?

Bricker developed the “History Hippies” discussion group at the institute to share his passion for local folk history.

The program is free and open to the public.

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The next meeting will take place Tuesday, April 10.

For more information or directions, call 717-328-3467.

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