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Free workshop about Potomac River set April 2

By Staff | Mar 18, 2011

The Historic Shepherdstown Commission invites teachers and members of the public to a workshop entitled “The Potomac River and Its Impact on Jefferson County History.”

This free event is April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Entler Hotel in Shepherdstown.

To attend the morning session, participants must register on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting Donna Northouse at dnort house@gmail.com or 304-876-8177. The afternoon session, beginning at 1 p.m., will be open to the public with no registration required.

This event is made possible by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The morning session’s main speaker, noted local historian Douglas Perks, will discuss the Potomac River’s contributions to the area’s cultural and economic history as well as its strategic importance in wartime. In addition, Perks will lead a short walk to view the Potomac and related sites.

The afternoon session will focus on the natural environment of the Potomac River. Naturalist Jack Wennerstrom will deliver a lecture with slides illustrating the river’s features and beauty.

All participants will receive packets of handouts including background information, learning activities and sources for further information. Teachers in the Jefferson County School District will be granted six hours of staff development credit.