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NEH summer institute hosts 25 teachers July 8-28

National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute participants traveled to Harpers Ferry.

Teachers from across the country converged on campus to explore Appalachian music, literature, theater, culture, and folk and musical arts during the fourth annual National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, “Voices from the Misty Mountains and The Power of Storytelling,” July 8-28.

Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director of Shepherd’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities, said the goal of the institute was to reveal the power of storytelling by exposing teachers to the voices of some of the region’s novelists, dramatists, poets, and oral and musical storytellers.

The Voices from the Misty Mountains and the Power of Storytelling Summer Institute had a number of local partners, including the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Four Seasons Books, Contemporary American Theater Festival, and Shepherd’s Appalachian Studies Program Speak Story Series.

Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt (l.) led the visiting teachers to Hawks Nest State Park.