Journey Stories coming to Brunswick

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Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) program touring Maryland through the auspices of the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), will be making a six week stop in Brunswick  beginning Friday, August 31st.  This dynamic, interactive exhibit explores how America moves and covers everything from slavery and immigration to the advent of the station wagon and vacationing in the mid Twentieth century. The local Journey Stories Committee, headed up by Brunswick Library librarian Robin Bowers and Brunswick Railroad Museum curator Rebecca O’Leary, has been hard at work for over a year developing, planning, and fundraising for a full calendar of complementary exhibitions, programs, and presentations.

“Journey Stories is a joint project between the Brunswick Library and the Brunswick Railroad Museum,” O’Leary said. “It goes far beyond the physical exhibit itself, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the Brunswick community for the next six weeks.”

“Something is planned for every week Journey Stories will be here,” Bowers said. “None of it would have been possible without the generosity and support of our local citizens and businesses, and we really are trying to offer something for everyone.”

The first weekend of Journey Stories is jam packed with activities, kicking off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the exhibit site at 10 am on August 31st. Festivities will continue throughout the day with a Brunswick Stew Cookoff, an international dance festival featuring Native American hoop dancer Pete Four Winds, the Beaton School of Irish Dance, and the Tears of Aset raks sharqi troupe, and an open air concert courtesy of the Community Foundation of Frederick County with GRAMMY nominated artist Ray Owen, who will be performing his “Casey Jones and the Great American Railroad” show. Saturday, September 1 will feature a presentation on Civil War medical techniques with an interpreter from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and a Civil War dance performance and fashion show from the Victorian Dance Ensemble, while Sunday, September 2 will see an all day World War One living history encampment. Times and locations for all events, along with entry information for the Brunswick Stew Cookoff, can be found at or by calling (301) 834-7100.


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