Ragtime and Our Immigrant Story
Bristol’s Library & Theatre Collaboration
Bristol, PA – Author E.L. Doctorow gave American literature a new perspective with his 1975 book Ragtime. Some critics called the best-selling historical novel a montage, a kaleidoscope of personas, while others called it a tapestry of our country’s history. It is this historical tapestry aspect that beckons Bristolians and the public to Bristol Riverside Theatre for the musical Ragtime, this March, and to the collaboration with the Grundy Library.
“Ragtime and Our Immigrant Story” will provide the public with the opportunity to delve into their own family history with a series of programs that will inform people about the musical, teach them how to document family history using oral history techniques, and provide recording sessions to memorialize their family story.
On February 5, 2015, Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Artistic Director Keith Baker will host an introduction and discussion of the groundbreaking novel and musical at the Grundy Library at 6:30 pm. Award-winning producer of both public radio and video documentaries Dr. Charles Hardy III (of West Chester University) will lead an oral history workshop on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Grundy Library. Participants will learn how to collect their family’s history and stories in this age of digitization. Then, on Saturday, February 21, 2015 and Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 11am to 4pm, by appointment, the Grundy Library will host oral history recording sessions with staff and volunteers on hand for assistance and guidance. These recordings will be added to the Library’s permanent collection and will be edited into a video, which will run on both organizations’ websites and in the lobby of the theatre during the run of the musical, from March 17, 2015 to April 12, 2015.
For more information, or to make a reservation for this program, visit www.grundylibrary.org, or call 215.788.7891 ext. 5 or ext. 6. For tickets to the musical, visit www.brtstage.org or call the Bristol Riverside Theatre box office at 215.785.0100.
Celebrate Youth Art Month: Art is Natural
Friday, March 6th - Friday, March 27th
Opening Reception Friday, March 6th from 6-8pm
Bristol, PA – Students from Bristol Borough and Harry S. Truman High Schools join the Artists of Bristol on the Delaware (AOB) in celebrating Youth Art Month: Art is Natural with a collaborative exhibit next month at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA. The three-week exhibit opens with a reception Friday, March 6th from 6 pm to 8 pm and continues through Friday, March 27th. The public is invited to attend the reception, and cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award. Additional opportunities to view the free exhibition exist during regular library hours. For more information, visit www.grundylibrary.org, or call 215.788.7891.
This program is offered by Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library in support of the PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries initiative. Libraries are key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in PA by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.
The Underground Railroad in Quilts?
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2pm
Bristol, PA – Were quilts used as signals by freedom-seeking slaves to navigate safe passage along the Underground Railroad? Commonwealth Speaker Dr. Cassandra Stancil Gunkel addresses that very question in her presentation, The Underground Railroad in Quilts?, on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, at 2 pm. This hands-on talk and demonstration engages in the ongoing debate between historians and the public-did quilts guide escapes? Dr. Gunkel will use authentic 19th century quilts and modern reproductions to explore some of the ways in which women may have stitched their politics, history and mythology into quilt designs. This event is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Reserve your seat for this free, limited engagement online at www.grundylibrary.org, by calling 215.788.7891 ext. 5 or ext. 6.
This program is offered by Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council in support of the PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries initiative. Libraries are key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in PA by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.