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First Families: Geocaching & Creative Reflection with Yolanda Wisher

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00am to 12:00pm
at Historic RittenhouseTown

This workshop took place on November 14, 2015

Click here to view a short YouTube video of Yolanda describing her goals for the workshop.

Click here to view photos of the workshop posted on Flickr

This workshop invites local families to actively explore the history and home of one of Germantown's "first families" and to record their own family history through collaborative and creative exercises. Following a hunt for geocapsules holding historical details and inspiration, we will discuss the ways in which class and privilege can impact one's ability to preserve family history. Participants will be encouraged to preserve a piece of their family's Germantown story with a take-home time capsule that can be buried or hidden in their yard.

Poet, vocalist, and educator Yolanda Wisher is a 2015 Pew Fellow, the author of Monk Eats an Afro, and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song. Wisher was born in Germantown and raised in Montgomery County, PA, where she was named the first poet laureate in 1999.

For more info contact elephants@freedomsbackyard.com or 215.844.1683


Art + History + Engagement: Workshop Series
Join Historic Germantown on a 2-year exploration of RACE, CLASS & COMMUNITY with noted artists and historians in freedom's backyard.

Historic Germantown's ELEPHANTS ON THE AVENUE will offer several free special events and artist-led workshops exploring themes of race and class in Germantown. All public engagement activities and original works by artists will be informed by the research of leading historians in the field and the narratives of HG member sites. Community members are invited to join the dialogue and share past and present-day stories that continue to shape the German Township and Philadelphia's diverse history and culture.

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