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22nd Union Update

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We are proceeding with plans for 22 nd Union at Big Stone Gap, Virginia and Vardy Community in Tennessee, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 21, 22, and 23 rd . There are two changes to the program schedule:

Adriana Trigiani has found she has to be away when she is scheduled to appear on Saturday, June 23 and has graciously offered to appear that day by Skype and also have her sister appear in person. We look forward to seeing and hearing Adriana by Skype and also having her sister with us.

Also, we have a new speaker from 3:00-3:50 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. Carla Harper, author of the novel, Worthy, continues the Road to Goinstown, begun by Julie Williams Dixon and Paul Johnson in Lost Communities: Mixed Race Settlements of the Virginia/Carolina Border from 2:00-2:50 p. m. Important to Melungeon studies, researchers and academicians have for decades drawn parallels to the Goinstown community (located along the Virginia and North Carolina border) and Melungeons. We are pleased to have Julie and Paul in tandem with Carla to bring us the story of this lost community.

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