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Free FOSL event features storytellers

By Staff | Jun 5, 2009

The Friends of the Shepherdstown Library (FOSL) will present a special storytelling event called “Undercover Emma” on June 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Entler Hotel.

The show is free and open to the public. The stories are appropriate for children and adults.

Storytellers Adam Booth and Miriam Nicholson will present “Undercover Emma: Soldier, Nurse and Spy” and two other stories.

Booth is an award-winning teller of tall tales and heartwarming family stories. Once named “Shepherdstown’s Biggest Liar,” he also has won storytelling competitions in Maryland and Pennsylvania and is a two-time recipient of the “Biggest Liar” award in the West Virginia Liar’s Contest. Nicholson discovered her passion for storytelling as a pastor preparing Sunday sermons. She has drawn on a childhood love of trains to develop a repertoire of historical tales and railroad lore.

The featured story, “Undercover Emma” tells of Emma Edmonds, a Canadian who fled her home as a teenager and disguised herself as a man to work as a book peddler in the United States. She fought in the Civil War in disguise as a man and served as a spy for the Union Army.

The Historic Shepherdstown Commission has made the Entler meeting space available as a service to the community.