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21st Union Registration

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This form can be copied and pasted, and either emailed (if no fee is involved, meaning all residents of the ten counties served by Walters State) or printed and mailed with a registration fee to the address given on the form.

Melungeon Heritage Association, Inc.
21st Union: A Melungeon Gathering
June 23-24, 2017
Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee
REGISTRATION FORM
Mail to: MHA, Post Office Box 3604, Martinsville, VA 24115 or email to
mhainc2000@yahoo.com
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re-Registration Deadline: June 15, 2017
Registration is $10 for either day or both days.
Registration is free to those counties served by Walters State Community College: Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sevier, and Union.
Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps us plan better, especially for a Friday evening reception.
Registering for
:
1. FRIDAY LUNCH AT VARDY (not included in the registration fee)_______
2. FRIDAY EVENING RECEPTION, lobby of the Jack E. Campbell College Center,
WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MORRISTOWN______
3. SATURDAY SPEAKERS at the Foundation Room, WALTERS STATE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MORRISTOWN_______
(PLEASE CHECK DAYS/EVENTS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND).
PLEASE NOTE THAT MHA MAY VIDEOTAPE DURING THE UNION.
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Please register each person on a different line; add another form if you have more registrants:
Name: ___________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________
________________________________________________________
Phone(s): Home: _________________ Cell: ____________________
Email:___________________________________________________
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SECOND PERSON:
Name: ___________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________
________________________________________________________
Phone(s): Home: _________________ Cell: ____________________
Email:___________________________________________________
TOTAL REGISTRATION FEE: $ ____________
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DONATION
I wish to make a contribution to MHA to assist the organization’s continuing work for
$____________, in memory/honor of_____________________________________________
(your name will be listed in our program brochure as an MHA supporter/contributor)
Enclosed is my check or money order for,
TOTAL ENCLOSED: $______
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MHA does not sell its database information. This information enables us to keep you informed of events and activities. MHA is a federally recognized 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
The Melungeon Heritage Association is a non-profit organization documenting and preserving the history and cultural legacy of mixed ancestry peoples of the southern and eastern United States. While our focus will be on Melungeon heritage, we firmly believe in the dignity of all mixed ancestry groups and commit to preserving this heritage of ethnic harmony and diversity. MHA does not endorse any particular theory of origin or the work of individual researchers. Annual Melungeon Unions bringing together researchers and descendants are central to MHA’s mission, but are not the only activities we sponsor. All who support the work of MHA, whether identifying as mixed ancestry or not, are invited to participate in the work and goals of MHA as well as the gatherings and events. As we celebrate our past, we also seek to understand its impact on our lives today and help others to do the same. MHA does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin nor personal, partisan political affiliation.

 

21st Union Speaker Schedule announced

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The Union will be held June 23 and 24th at Vardy Community Historical Society and Walters State Community College. Vardy will welcome visitors from 2 to 5 pm on Friday, and WSCC activities are planned for 9am to 5pm Saturday.

After a welcome from MHA President Scott Withrow at 9am, the following speakers will appear:

9 a.m. – Welcome from Scott Withrow, president of MHA.

9:15 a.m. – Dr. Tammy Stachowicz, associate department chair of Social Science in the College

of Arts and Science at Davenport University in Holland, Michigan, will have a

poster presentation by a group of her students, relating to Appalachian art and

culture.

10:30 a.m. – Dr. Katie Vande Brake, dean for Academic Programs at King University in

Bristol, Tennessee, will discuss her book How They Shine: Melungeons in the

Fiction of Appalachia (2005, Mercer University Press)

11:30 a.m. – break for lunch

1:00 p.m. – Author Lisa Alther will discuss her work, which has included Melungeon

characters, and her search for her own Melungeon roots.

2:30 p.m. – A discussion of the Melungeon outdoor drama Walk Toward the Sunset, with Dr.

John Lee Welton, director of the play which ran from 1969 to 1976, and Wayne

Winkler, author of Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia

(2004, Mercer University Press) and an upcoming book about the play.

4:00 p.m. – A scene from Walk Toward the Sunset, performed by the children and teens in

attendance.

4:30 p.m. – MHA General Meeting