News Release, Historic Sotterley

Now in its third year, Historic Sotterley’s Common Ground Initiative continues with a weekend of programming this August.  This event will be held virtually on August 21st from 1:00—2:30 pm: Transcending Generations Through Storytelling

Storytelling has always been a way to transcend generations to learn, heal, and share. Author Wanda Etheridge will share her life and journey of becoming a writer, encouraged by a desire to connect with her granddaughter. Ms. Etheridge’s works for the Department of Defense and with a career spanning over 20 years, three continents, and two branches of service, she may be the most unlikely author of the children’s book, The Funny List. 

Join us as she shares the rich story of her life, her love of writing, and the love of family that led to her new book. The Funny List is a delightful story written in the form of a limerick. It is a holiday story that introduces Mae, a highly energetic toddler, who creates the “funny list” loophole to avoid being on Santa’s naughty list.

The mission of Sotterley’s Common Ground initiative is to bring descendants, community and partners together to provide education, resources, remembrance, and celebrate cultures to aid in healing; to help uncover and eradicate racism and discrimination in all forms; to promote social equality and justice through interpretation of authentic history and its relevance to effect social change, while encouraging individual and group activism.

While this virtual will be held free to the general public, on-line registration will be required to participate. 

Event details and registration links can be found a

Historic Sotterley

Historic Sotterley, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States, with a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century.