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On Sunday, Feb. 16 from 4:00-5:30 p.m., Ashland/Hanover residents will tell their personal stories of growing up. The topics of education and life as students in different schools will be the focus of this particular program. This program, called Untold Stories:  Growing Up in Ashland/Hanover — Black and White Experiences, is free and open to the public and will be held at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 South Center Street, Ashland, Virginia.

This event is sponsored jointly by The Center, the Hanover County Black Heritage Society, the Ashland Museum, and Ashland Main Street.  Moderator Anthony Keitt will engage a panel of Hanoverians including Beryl Carter, Hilda Kelly, John Gordon, Eloise Piccolo, Earl Hunter, and Woody Tucker, to share their stories, their oral histories with the audience — along with Tom Wulf’s informative and inspiring video clips edited from his interviews of Hanoverians. The sponsoring groups plan to continue to work together to collect, preserve, and share other Untold Stories in different formats.

The Community Gospel Choir, led by Lenora Davis, Minister of Music at Shiloh Baptist Church, will sing. Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools, will conclude the activity with comments about the importance of education.

Members of the sponsoring organizations have discussed the value of collecting local stories and other oral histories. Dr. Alphine Jefferson, History Professor at Randolph-Macon College and President of the Hanover Black Heritage Society, will continue to share his expertise in oral history not only with his Randolph-Macon students but also with these programs and efforts.

Videographer and Main Street Executive Director, Tom Wulf will continue to record these and other oral histories (Untold Stories) as part of this series. The purpose of this program, and those to follow, is to support and continue to tell and preserve these stories and histories for present and future generations. These personal Untold Stories will be funny, moving, real, informative, and powerful.

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