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HISTORY 101 - 2019 Edition!

HISTORY 101 is presented during the last week of September by the Mount Airy Main Street Association, in cooperation with the Pine Grove Chapel foundation, the Mount Airy Branch of Carroll County Public
Library, and the Mount Airy Historical Society.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 1:30 pm MEET IN RAILYARD
Longtime Mount Airy resident Oscar Baker will educate and entertain during a bus tour of Main Street as he reflects on the businesses and people who lived and worked in the buildings lining Historic Main Street. Space is limited! Reservations are required. Please register by clicking here.


MONDAY, SEPT. 23 7:00 pm PINE GROVE CHAPEL
During our annual visit to Pine Grove Chapel, Preacher Kirk Callison and Maria Callison (wearing Civil War-period attire) will recreate the roles of a Civil War clergyman and his wife. Religion was an important aspect of military life and nearly every army unit was followed by ‘colporteurs’, itinerant ministers who distributed Christian literature to the soldiers. As one would expect in the environment of imminent battle, the soldiers would avidly read the materials. Kirk will discuss stories of the colporteurs as well as Civil War-era sermons and their relationship to modern sermons. He will also share the history of chaplains and the colporteurs during the war. Maria will assist in our understanding
of the historical context in which the war unfolded. Kirk and Maria are actively involved with Historic Rocky Springs Chapel, Inc. which has acquired both the Historic Rocky Springs Chapel and School. These buildings served as the center of a small community northwest of Frederick from the 1830s until the 1980s.


TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 7:00 pm LIBRARY
The 1940s Japanese American Interment has become a well-documented part of American History, but there remains the untold story of the Korean Americans during World War II. With their ancestral homeland under Japanese Imperial rule, Koreans were considered Japanese citizens, and therefore enemies of the United States. With the monumental task of proving their loyalty to the US and working to free their homeland, the Korean American story is a compelling one. 
Historian and author, Sarah Creviston Lee, will discuss this vital part of American history with the backdrop of her historical fiction book The War Between Us that explores one Korean American’s story and his fight to defend who he is as a Korean and an American citizen.


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 7:00 pm LIBRARY
The subject is Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Anthony Cohen runs a nonprofit geared toward educating our diverse population about the secret network that assisted the escape of Southern slaves during the 1800s. He will discuss his personal journeys which spanned two separate Underground Railroad routes. He is well-known for preparing Oprah Winfrey for her role in the motion picture BELOVED. Tony founded the Menare Foundation in 2000 in order to preserve Underground Railroadhistory, historic sites and environments and to create vibrant educational programs.


THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 7:00 pm LIBRARY
James Hubbard, the American Revolutionary War. Jim is a retired federal employee, who, after service in the United States Army, spent his entire civilian career in the national intelligence field. Jim has taught at Anne Arundel Community College as well as Frederick Community College. The lecture will focus on General George Washington and the challenges he faced as the commander of a citizens army battling the most militarily-advanced nation in the world. The lecture will also discuss other American war personalities such as Benedict Arnold, the Hessians, the role of the North American Indian tribes, and military tactics employed by both sides.

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History 101 - 2019 Edition!
Saturday, September 21 - Thursday, September 26