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The Accokeek Foundation Hosts Series to Explore Race and Culture through Stories of the Earth

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

Program Made Possible Through Maryland Humanities Grant Program

(Accokeek, MD) – The Accokeek Foundation is pleased to host a Land and River Conversation series, which focuses on exploring race and culture through stories from the earth. This three-part series brings together community members to examine the complicated history and complex relationships that have shaped our region and continue to influence our interactions with one another and with the environment.

Topics will include non-traditional perspectives on landscape conservation, culture, history, and specifically connectedness of Native Americans and African Americans to this landscape. The series will be moderated by Dr. Julie King, archaeologist and expert on Chesapeake history and culture, and panelists include: Dr. Wilton Corkern, former President and CEO of the Accokeek Foundation; Chris Newman, co-founder of Sylvanaqua Farms; Dr. Gabi Tayac, historian at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; and Tara Morrison, Superindendent of National Capital Parks—East. Each Land and River Series panel discussion will be immediately followed by an in-depth conversation about interpretation, facilitated by interpretive consultant, Rob Forloney.

When: Sunday, March 31, 2-5 pm, Conservation: A Complicated Story Sunday, April 28, 2-5 pm, Reciprocity: Humans and the Environment Sunday, May 5, 2-5 pm, Interconnectedness: Heritage, Traditions, and History
Where: Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park Education Building 3400 Bryan Point Road Accokeek, MD 20607
Cost: Free to attend

This project was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.


ABOUT ACCOKEEK FOUNDATION For more than 60 years, the Accokeek Foundation has been a steward of the land. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation interprets the past, present, and future of agriculture and environmental stewardship on 200 acres in Piscataway Park. The park is open daily to visitors of all ages who enjoy a quiet landscape for recreation and reflection. Annually, thousands of school children visit for farm-based education, learning about environmental stewardship through a historical lens. Thanks to support from donors and members, the Accokeek Foundation provides a natural space for all to enjoy, for generations to come. Learn more:

ABOUT MARYLAND HUMANITIES Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational, nonprofit organization. Maryland Humanities creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. For more information, visit Maryland Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.

Media Contact: Casey Harlow, Marketing Manager twitter: 301-965-9574
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