"Common Ground, Connected Heritage - Our American Family"
Find your roots at Sotterley on April 19, 20 & 21st. This multi-day event, free and open to the public will revolve around topics of “Common Ground – Our American Story." More information and sign-up here: https://sotterleyouramericanfamily.brownpapertickets.com/.
All sessions are open to the public and free of charge, but due to limited seating, ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL sessions. Please RSVP to each session of the event. Seating is limited, reserve before April 13th.
Historic Sotterley connects to generations today through the stories and lives of its past. As members of this community and nation, we seek to understand ourselves by looking at the history, art, culture, and stories that highlight our different perspectives, experiences, and our human commonness. We invite descendants and the public to "Our American Family", a multi-day event as part of Sotterley's "Common Ground, Connected Heritage Project" through a grant from Maryland Humanities.
Through presentations, panels, discussions and tours led by subject matter experts in art, education, history, social justice, research, genealogy, theology and sociology, participants will have the opportunity to come away inspired and equipped with tools needed in today's ever-changing world. Participants will be able to meet and hear the stories of Sotterley descendants who bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and insight on universal human themes at the site where their ancestors walked.
All sessions are open to the public and free of charge, but due to limited seating, advanced reservations are REQUIRED for ALL sessions. Please RSVP to each session of the event. Note: You will need to add each session to your shopping cart, and then go back to add additional sessions. If a desired session is full, please contact the Sotterley office at 301-373-2280 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) to be placed on a wait list. Reservations can be made online until Friday April 13, 2018 at midnight. After that time, please contact our office directly to reserve a spot.
Please note that on Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21, boxed lunches will be available for purchase at the cost of $10 per person. We encourage attendees to pre-purchase their lunch to ensure an easy, hassle-free check-in during the event. Visit https://sotterleyouramericanfamilylunch.brownpapertickets.com/ to purchase. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch, if desired.
Our complete listing and detailed program is as follows:
THURSDAY, APRIL 19th
7pm: "Picturing George Washington: The Man and The Myth"
Speaker Series featuring Robyn Asleson, Assistant Curator, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
FRIDAY APRIL 20th
WELCOME SESSION: 9am-10am: "What's Your Story?". Welcome Session and Light Fare Breakfast
FRIDAY MORNING SESSIONS (A OR B):
A. 10am-12pm: "Finding Your Story". Genealogists and archivists show you how to discover the stories of your family in this presentation and workshop led by Kent Randell, College Archivist at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Eve Love, St. Mary's County Genealogy Society, and Dr. Martina Callum, M.D. and Sotterley descendant.
B. 10am-12pm: "Discovering Sotterley". Take an insider's tour of the historic site, buildings, landscape, and exhibits. Some walking required.
FRIDAY KEYNOTE SESSION: 12pm-1pm: Mary Elliott, Curator and Museum Specialist, National Museum of African-American History and Culture
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (A OR B):
A. 1pm-3pm: "Unpacking Family Heritage: Race, Emotion, and Thought". JC Faulk, founder of Circles of Voices, LLC (CoV), and Jeanne Pirtle, Historic Sotterley's Education Director, will lead the group in discussion and discovery as we listen, speak, and reflect on how racism affects us all.
B. 1pm-3pm: "Moving Midway". Film and moderated discussion led by Merideth Taylor, Professor Emerita, St. Mary's College of Maryland Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies.
SATURDAY APRIL 21
WELCOME SESSION: 9am-10am: "Heritage and Healing". Welcome Session and Light Fare Breakfast
SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS (A OR B):
A. 10am-12pm:"Using Our Stories for Personal Fulfillment and Social Justice". Panel discussion featuring Kent Randell, College Archivist at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Adam Rothman, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University, Ann Cobb and Regina Hartfield, Maryland Middle Passage Steering Committee, and Debora Scriber-Miller, NMAAHC, with family members Michele Allen and Judia Holton
B. 10am-12pm: "Discovering Sotterley"
Take an insider's tour of the historic site, buildings, landscape, and exhibits. Some walking required.
SATURDAY KEYNOTE SESSION: 12pm-1pm: "Healing Our Visible and Invisible Wounds". Dr. Kortet Mensah, Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer, St. Mary's College of Maryland
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS (A OR B):
A. 1pm-3pm: "Roots Matter"
Generational Healing presentation and workshop with Paula Owens Parker, author and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation, Union Presbyterian Seminary
B. 1pm-3pm: "Traces of the Trade"
Film and discussion with moderator John Felicitas, diversity consultant and trainer at Be-AThEdge Consulting and member of the Diversity Advisory Board for the College of Southern Maryland
SATURDAY EVENING SESSION: 6pm-8pm: "The Family Table" Sit down to a family-style dinner with descendants and guests. Donations are appreciated to cover the cost of this meal.
Speakers are subject to change. All sessions will take place at Historic Sotterley, 44300 Sotterley Road, Hollywood, MD. Upon arrival, please follow signs to the Visitor Center parking lot and then follow signs as you walk to the Barn for event check-in. Please arrive 15mins prior to the session start time to allow ample time for check-in.
Attendance at any session implies your consent to being photographed and/or videotaped.
While some sessions are wheelchair-accessible, our site consists of gravel paths leading from the parking area and around the historic core. Our manor house and many historic outbuildings are not wheelchair-accessible. Please dress for the weather, as sessions will proceed rain or shine.
NOTE WHEN REGISTERING: ALL SESSION CHOICES ARE LISTED IN THE DROP-DOWN BOX INDIVIDUALLY. ADD EACH SESSION YOU PLAN TO ATTEND SEPARATELY TO YOUR SHOPPING CART AND THEN GO BACK TO THE MAIN EVENT PAGE TO ADD THE NEXT SESSION. CONTINUE ADDING SESSIONS IN THIS MANNER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO CHECK-OUT. Please review your choices carefully, as there may be multiple workshop options for each session time. Please register for only one workshop during each session time.