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Experience life in Washington Co. during WWI through readers' theatre

Hannah Swayze • Apr 6, 2018 at 12:48 PM

One readers' theatre production will bring the past to life during a WWI Readers' Theatre performance presented by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia on Sunday April 8 at 3 p.m.

Attendees of the event can hear stories of real people from soldiers overseas fighting in the war, to their families left at home to someone reported as "suspicious" for not purchasing war bonds, all who lived in Washington Co.

The show is based on a number of old newspaper articles, letters and other first-hand accounts that were collected while organizing the current exhibit on World War I in the history museum. This comes exactly 100 years after the end of World War I in 1918.

"Of course, you can't incorporate every source into an exhibit," said Anne Mason, the museum's special projects manager. "So, we decided to showcase them in the readers theatre."

She said she was taken aback by the similarities of the atmosphere with all of the stories that are still "grappling" and in some ways similar to society's tense atmosphere today. She believes that the themes in the show are still relevant, even though a century has passed, which made her want to include them.

"You can share history in a variety of ways and this is one way to do it," said Mason.

The free show is about an hour and a half long. It is an extension of the current World War I Exhibit currently on display in the Jonesborough/Washing Co. History Museum.

The estimated audience compacity is from 50-60 people.

The show will take place in the Jonesborough/Washington Co. History Museum located inside the Jonesborough Visitor's Center at 117 Boone St. in downtown Jonesborough. For more information, call 423.753.9580, or email [email protected] You can also visit http://www.heritageall.org/.

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