When you hear the word “journey” what comes to mind? A road trip, moving to a new place, or overcoming an obstacle? This summer there will be numerous opportunities to explore the theme of “journey stories” as Cecil County Public Library is proud to partner with the Cecil County Arts Council and the Cecil County Historical Society to welcome the Smithsonian exhibit, “Journey Stories.”
We invite you to share in the musical journey story of Bernard Purdie, who grew up in Elkton and went on to international success as the world’s most recorded drummer. On the evening of Monday, July 16, Mr. Purdie will share what he learned as a boy of Cecil County and the development of his skills and career. Click here to sign up.
On Tuesday, July 17, journeys of a very different kind will be shared by three diverse panelists that cover interesting time periods of the 20th century. Bishop Basil Losten will describe the migration of Ukrainian immigrants to the Chesapeake City area in the early part of the century, where they settled to help work on the C&D Canal. They brought traditions and religion from their homeland. Olga Stavrakis will share the harrowing tale of her family’s escape from wartorn Europe after years of drifting from country to country in search of peace. Her father, Dr. Peter Stavrakis was forced to work for the Nazis and later helped his family escape the persecution of Stalinist Russia. The Stavrakis family escaped to America with little in their possession except hope. Learn this family’s harrowing story and their eventual settlement in Cecil County. Elkton Commissioner Charles Givens will then share his experiences in the educational arena through the civil rights era. Click here to sign up.
If the journeys of this panel capture you, consider attending two in-depth discussions on these topics. Olga Stavrakis will delve into the details of her family’s escape from Europe and the hardships they endured, detailing the fascinating series of events that led to their arrival in America. She will speak at the Cecilton Branch Library on Monday, July 16 at 2pm. Bishop Losten will offer an in-depth discussion of the Ukrainian community of Chesapeake City at a talk at the Chesapeake City Branch Library on Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30 am.
These events are only the beginning of the wide-reaching discussion of Journey Stories programs that will be offered from now until October. We encourage you to attend and invite you to share your stories. Call 410-996-5600 ext. 481 for more information or to sign up for any of our Journey Stories programs.
Get a sneak peak of the wonderful programs and exhibits to come by clicking here to see a gallery of historical Cecil County photos. Many thanks to the Cecil County Historical Society for sharing these gems. What programs are you planning to attend?
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