• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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John Brown 150th Family and Youth Tent Activities

Saturday Activities at the Family & Youth Tent

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Reporter on the Scene:
Ongoing interactive telecast. Be “On the Scene” with history as it happens! Register at Youth Tent. Participation is limited. Sign up early!

10:30 am A Child’s Voice: Students from C.W. Shipley Elementary present a creative performance of the 1800s and the story of freedom.

11:00 am Matilda’s Incredible Time Travel
Puppet show: Enjoy a 15 minute puppet show. Meet Matilda who becomes a Jr. Ranger and travels back in time and talks to John Brown, Annie Brown, Robert E. Lee and others.

11:30 am New Orleans’ Uptown Music Theatre presents two kids musicals by Delfeayo Marsalis. Part of Marsalis’ Great American Legacy Series, the works pay homage to courageous individuals/agents of change in American history. This program features 25 talented students and a great jazz trio.

12 noon – 3:30 pm Memory and Struggle
Creative Workshop: Create memory and understanding through fabric or paint. Join artists Nina Stowell and Louise Minks to consider What Freedom Means and How We Remember through art.

12:30 pm An American Debate
Interactive Debate: Debate John Brown, his times and the action he took. Bring your thoughts and join the discussion! Led by Shepherd University Debate Club students and alumni.

1:00 pm Matilda’s Incredible Time Travel
See description above

1:30 pm John Brown as Told to Children
Book reading/signing: Celebrate the first illustrated children’s biography of John Brown. Author/illustrator John Hendrix leads a story time for kids of all ages.

3:00 pm Freedom Songs
Musical performance: Magpie and guests perform.

4:00 pm Matilda’s Incredible Time Travel
See description above.

4:30 pm Times of Trouble
A dramatic performance of the life of Mary Brown, wife of John Brown. Author Sandra Weber and musician David Hodges, weave narrative and song to present her life.

Sunday’s Activities at the Family & Youth Tent

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Reporter on the Scene
Ongoing Interactive telecast: Live footage from Saturday can be viewed all day. Watch visitors in the role of newscasters.

11:00 am Matilda’s Incredible Time Travel
Puppet Show: Enjoy a 15 minute puppet show. Meet Matilda who is on vacation with her mom. She becomes a Jr. Ranger and with Ranger Ann travels back in time and talks to John Brown, Annie Brown, Robert E. Lee and others.

11:30 An American Debate
Interactive Debate: Debate John Brown, his times and the action he took. Bring your thoughts and join the discussion! Led by Shepherd University Debate Club students and alumni.

12 noon – 3:30 pm Memory and Struggle
Creative Workshop: Create memory and understanding through fabric or paint. Join artists Nina Stowell and Louise Minks to consider What Freedom Means and How We Remember through art.

12:00Noon A Plea for Captain John Brown
A Dramatic Portrayal: Listen and contemplate an abolitionist’s perspective of John Brown. Join Richard Smith’s first person rendition of Henry David Thoreau’s speech at Concord, Massachusetts on October 30, 1859.

1:00 pm Matilda’s Incredible Time Travel
See description above.

1:30 pm Anansi, the Spider and the Middle Passage.
A Dramatic Performance: In this performance by Harpers FerryMiddle School, Anansi, the celebrated African spider, tells the story of an African mother and daughter who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. Performed with permission by Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.

3:00 pm Matilda’s Incredible Time Travel
See description above.

3:30 pm How to Tell a Story: John Brown
Writing and illustrating a book for children is an act of visual communication. Come to this presentation/workshop about creating compelling visual stories. Do a short project and have a discussion about the aspects of writing a good story, in both words and pictures. John Hendrix, author and illustrator of “John Brown: His Fight For Freedom” will lead the process of making a picture book. Geared for ages 8-13.

5:00 pm His Soul Goes Marching On (Shenandoah Stage)
Musical Performance: The choral department of Sherando High School will be performing Negro Spiritual, Gospel, Folk songs and Jazz choral music from 1918 to the present. Music composed or arranged by Frederick Wetherby, Jester Hairston, Duke Ellington, Nathaniel Dett and Moses Hogan will be performed. Dr. Jennings will also speak on the call and response style of the Negro Spiritual.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating Harpers Ferry National Monument on June 29, 1944.