ROGERSVILLE — Storyteller Doc McConnell used to set up a chairs in an open area on one of the squares in Rogersville during a festival, and invite people to come visit and share stories.

Now, Hannah McConnell Gillenwater and Guerry McConnell are bringing the conversations and story sharing back.

Have you ever asked yourself ... “I wish I had asked Granddaddy how he used this tool”?, or, “I wish I had asked Aunt Lilly, why she trimmed the pork roast a certain way, before she put it in the pan?” But they’re gone now, and I’ll never know the answers!”

Don’t lose your family and community stories and wisdom! Treasure them! They tell you who you are.

Hannah and Guerry are hosting the first meeting of “Hawkins Conversations and Stories”, Saturday, June 29, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at Hale Spring Inn. There is no charge and refreshments will be provided.

Everyone is invited to offer ideas on how to present stories through the eyes of Hawkins County natives or those who have lived here 30 years or more. Come hear their vision, and offer your own ideas.

A series of free training sessions will be offered for those who wish to interview to collect the memories and stories of our “heritage storytellers”.

Guerry has earned a certificate to train through the Jonesborough Storytelling Initiative to refresh her skills from earlier interviews, which included Henry Price as a storyteller.

Hannah grew up in a family of storytellers, was a teacher for over 30 years, and has recently conducted storytelling sessions for Hawkins County teacher in-service.

For more information please call 423-754-6363.