Events

Civil War Road Show

Old Glory

Muncy Historical Society
Commemorates the
American Civil War

2011 Calendar of Events

Check time & location details at http://www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org or call 570.546.5917. All activities and events are open to the public. Unless noted, there is no admission fee; parking is always free. Join the presenters and event volunteers in period costumes if you desire!

PA Civil War 150, the state’s official program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, 2011-2015, was launched on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Harrisburg.

PA. Gov. Tom Corbett

The Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, greeted stakeholders and guests in the main hall of the Capital. PA Civil War 150 is governed by a statewide alliance of history, arts and cultural organizations including the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Heritage Society, the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania along with partner organizations across the state.

The Muncy Historical Society is proud to be a sponsor of high-quality programming during 2011, in this, the first year of commemoration.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Michael A. Riley as Gen. John Fulton Reynolds

The opening event of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration was the arrival of
Civil War Gen. John Fulton Reynolds.

Reynolds was born in Lancaster, PA in 1820. He graduated from West Point in 1841. His career in the Regular Army included service in the Mexican War in which he received two brevet promotions for gallantry and meritorious conduct; service in the Utah Expedition and various campaigns against the Indians. In 1860 he was appointed commandant of cadets and instructor of tactics at West Point, where he served until the outbreak of the Civil War.

In June 1862 Reynolds served as military governor of Fredericksburg, VA. After the battle of Gaines Mill he was captured by Confederates and was later exchanged. He commanded the PA Reserve Division at Second Manassas and led the PA militia during the Maryland Campaign. Promoted to major general, he commanded the First Corps of the Army of the Potomac at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The day before the Battle of Gettysburg, General Meade placed Reynolds in command of the three corps which formed the left wing of the army. On July 1, 1863, Gettysburg, Reynolds came to the aid of General Buford’s cavalry, urging his men to advance on the persistent Confederate forces. Major General Reynolds, one of the most respected, courageous and most competent Union officers was struck in the neck by a mini ball and died instantly.

Michael A. Riley has become one of the country’s foremost authorities on General Reynolds and his book, “For God’s Sake, Forward!” is considered required reading for Civil War enthusiasts and fans of its officers. He served as historical consultant and actor’s double for Ron Maxwell’s Civil War movie epic, “Gettysburg,” and also appeared in “Gettysburg: Boys in Blue and Gray.” He is president of the Confederation of Union Generals, a group of historical interpreters dedicated to education, commemoration and preservation.

Malcolm Barlow, a presentation attendee, had this to say: “The Historical Society’s Civil War commemoration got off to a wonderful start with the General Reynolds living history presentation… an informative, balanced, and entertaining experience.”

For more information on Michael A. Riley and General Reynolds visit www.GeneralReynolds.com.

 

Monday, April 18

John Deppen as Major Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock

John Deppen’s first-person dramatic portrayal of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock was the second collaborative event for the Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Deppen, who has portrayed Hancock since 1997, focused on the three-day Battle of Gettysburg, and the critical decisions made by Hancock on each of the three days that contributed to Union victory. Known to his colleagues as “Hancock the Superb,” a title attributed to him by General George McClellan, he was noted in particular for his personal leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

After his friend, Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, was killed early on July 1, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, the new commander of the Army of the Potomac, sent Hancock ahead to take command of the units on the field and assess the situation. Hancock thus was in temporary command of the “left wing” of the army. Details of Hancock’s momentous life and military career will be disclosed. Hancock’s 2nd Army Corps received and repulsed Pickett’s direct assault on the third day of the battle during which Hancock was seriously wounded. His wound was a severe injury caused by a bullet striking the pommel of his saddle, entering his inner right thigh along with wood fragments and a large bent nail. Despite his pain, Hancock refused evacuation to the rear until the battle was resolved.

Deppen, of Northumberland, is a writer and speaker who focuses on military history and veterans’ issues.  Since 1994, Deppen has published more than 500 newspaper and magazine articles, including several in national publications such as Military Heritage, Blue and Gray, Civil War Historian, Reminisce Extra, and Gettysburg Magazine. Deppen, who is active in many heritage organizations, is the current commander of General John F. Hartranft Camp No. 15 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the senior vice commander of General J.P.S. Gobin Camp #503 of the SUVCW. He is a lifetime honorary member of the Snyder County Veterans Council, an honorary member of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, and a frequent guest at meetings of Chapter #656 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Lewisburg.

In addition to giving presentations to nearly two dozen Civil War Round Tables in six different states, Deppen has appeared before thousands of school children in the Susquehanna Valley. Prior to his evening presentation, Major General Hancock spent the morning and afternoon with fifth and eighth graders in the Muncy, Hughesville and Montgomery school districts.

 


“LIFE OF THE CIVIL WAR SOLDIER”

Presenter: Dave Richards

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dave Richards

Hosted by Montgomery Area Historical Society; Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 50 E. Houston Ave., Montgomery
(refreshments following presentation)

The program Life of the Civil War Soldier is an in-depth look at the life of  the common soldier during that cataclysmic event, 150 years ago. What motivated these young men and boys to leave home and offer up their lives, if need be, for the cause of Liberty and Union? Why did they enlist? Why did they serve? How did they exist day to day? What did they eat? How, and why, did they die? These and other questions will be discussed in this presentation commemorating America’s costliest war.

Richards, an authority on Civil War soldiers from the lower Lycoming County vicinity will utilize a large number of letters and diaries written by men from this area to illustrate the incredible sacrifice this generation of young Americans experienced in a War that still haunts us today.

David L. Richards, a Picture Rocks native, has been a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1985. Richards has been a guest lecturer at historical organizations, educational institutions and social and heritage societies and roundtables. Over the years, he has introduced literally tens of thousands of school students to the story of the American Civil War, in general, and the Battle of Gettysburg, in particular. Instilling a sense of history is the work that Richards finds most rewarding. He is a teacher and the battlefield is his classroom.

Richards has written numerous articles for historical society and veteran publications and his first book, Priceless Treasures, was published in 2001by the Muncy Historical Society. Priceless Treasures is a detailed study of the Soldiers’ Memorial in Muncy Cemetery along with individual biographies of the seventy-one soldiers from the Muncy vicinity who lost their lives during the Civil War.

Muncy Historical Society is pleased to announce partnering with Richards who is currently researching and collecting information for Priceless Treasures II. This new effort will include biographies of those local soldiers who died from illness, wounds and/or imprisonment during the Civil War and whose names were omitted from the Soldiers’ Monument. We have already confirmed 68 soldiers, and have recognized their sacrifices by placing inscribed bricks around the monument base and are researching another 20+ names for possible inclusion. The public is encouraged to participate in this effort by submitting photos, diaries, letters, etc. for scanning to help document and preserve the heritage and legacy of these brave young men.

 

 

BOOK DISCUSSION: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING:
DEATH AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (Drew Gilpin Faust, author)

The Republic Is Suffering

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011, 7 p.m.

Hosted by the Muncy Historical Society

Location:  Muncy Historical Society, 40 N. Main Street, Muncy

In her book, historian Faust notes that the Civil War introduced America to death on an unprecedented scale and of an unnatural kind – grisly, random, and often ending in an unmarked grave far from home. [She} exhumes a wealth of material – condolence letters, funeral sermons, ads for mourning dresses, poems and storied from Civil War-era writers – to flesh out her lucid account. Faust is president of Harvard University, where she also holds the Lincoln Professorship in History.

Steve Fairchild and Amy Rogers will highlight portions of Faust’s book during this engaging book discussion. Dr. Rogers, a professor in the Education Department at Lycoming College since 2007, taught social studies in both middle and secondary classrooms and has studied the effects of local history in relation to civic mindedness and civic engagement.  Dr. Fairchild, James Madison University Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean Emeritus, is now working at Lycoming College as an adjunct professor in the Education Department. Fairchild, a member of the Society’s board of directors, began his career in elementary education and has directed many of the Society’s educational initiatives.

Forty copies of the featured book will be available to attendees through the generosity of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Light refreshments will be served from 6:30-7 p.m.


MUNCY IS PROUD TO BE THE FOURTH HOST OF THE PA CIVIL WAR 150 ROAD SHOW

FRIDAY – TUESDAY, MAY 27 – 31, 2011

Location: Muncy High School, Schuyler Avenue at the Sports Field Complex, 200 W. Penn Street, Muncy
Friday & Saturday, May 27-28, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.;

Sunday, May 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Monday, May 30, noon-8 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

(HOURS SUBJECT TO CHANGE – WEATHER DRIVEN)

The PA 150 Civil War Road Show is taking the story of Pennsylvania’s role in the great conflict to all 67 PA counties over a four year period. Based in a 53 foot expandable trailer, the CWRS is bringing interactive exhibits and special programming on the Keystone State’s vital role in the war to local communities across the Commonwealth. It is an emotionally powerful mobile exhibit experience with interconnected programs that focus on the ways the War transformed the lives of Pennsylvanians and their communities, and the ways in which Pennsylvanians impacted the War.

Through stereoscopic photographs, original compositions of Civil War era music and sound effects, interactive maps, hands-on objects and animated storytelling, the Road Show conveys accounts of the many different ways Pennsylvania’s men, women, children and communities experienced the Civil War – both on the battlefield and the homefront.

The exhibition is organized into four thematic “arcades” that visitors can approach in any order: How Pennsylvanians Responded to the War; How Pennsylvanians Aided in the War; How Pennsylvanians Waited During the War; and How Pennsylvanians Commemorated the War.

The Road Show will also collect the stories of Pennsylvania’s Civil War history, county by county, in a “Share Your Story” recording booth and the public is invited to share their own Civil War-era family photographs, artifacts and stories digitally and/or orally to be uploaded to PACivilWar150.com.

 


CIVIL WAR QUILTS & CARE PACKAGES:
SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS FROM THE WOMEN AT HOME

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011, 7 P.M.

Ann F. Diseroad

Presenter: Ann F. Diseroad; Hosted by the Muncy Historical Society;
Location: Community Room, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy

When President Abraham Lincoln issued his call for 75,000 troops in April of 1861, the United States standing army had never numbered more than 15,000.  The Federal Government was incapable of provisioning a force as large as the one assembled. Spontaneously, women throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation rose to meet the challenge, collecting supplies and money and producing materials needed to equip the Union Army.

Ultimately as many as 10,000 Ladies Aid Societies were united under the umbrella of the United States Sanitary Commission, a civilian organization which provided millions of dollars worth of food, clothing and medical supplies to Union soldiers. Their support not only contributed to soldiers’ comfort but significantly reduced loss of life.

This presentation tells the story of women’s efforts drawn from Civil War era newspapers, diaries, letters and other contemporary sources. On display will be Ann’s reproductions of many items produced by Civil War women including quilts, hospital garments and knitwear, made from period instructions or based on photographs of surviving objects. This collection is probably the most diverse and complete one of its type.

Ann F. Diseroad is a retired librarian and local historian in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. She serves on the board of the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society, was a member of the Selection Committee for “Pennsylvania Quilts: Studies in Color,” the highly acclaimed quilt show held at the Packwood House Museum, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in 2009, and works with the Barton House at the Bloomsburg Fair to provide a living history experience for visitors. She is one of twelve artisans nationwide who will participate in creating textiles for the Robert E. Lee House in Arlington, Virginia.

 

149TH PA BUCKTAILS

Muncy Civil War Road Show Volunteers

SATURDAY, MAY 28-MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.; SUNDAY, MAY 29, 11 A.M. TO 7 P.M.;
MONDAY, MAY 30, NOON TO 4 P.M.;

Location: Schuyler Avenue & Muncy Hgh School Sports Complex

The 149th Pennsylvania Bucktail Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a reenactment unit representing the original 149th PVI, will join Muncy’s for its Memorial Day weekend activities. The modern reenactment unit pays tribute to the men and the sacrifices that the original 149th made during the American Civil War. The 149th was a special Union infantry regiment formed in August, 1862 from 11 different Counties from Pennsylvania. It played a minor role at the Battle of Chancellorsville, but their first major engagement occurred July 1, 1863 on McPherson’s Ridge at the start of the 3 day Battle of Gettysburg. The 149th also took part in many of the Virginia battles from the Wilderness to Petersburg.

The Bucktails will have a “Recruiting Station,” a living history camp of instruction, and a civilian surveyor, chaplain and medical professional on hand to explain their 19th century duties during the War.

[Thompson’s Independent Battery C, PA Volunteer Light Artillery reenactment unit will join us on Saturday, May 28. In many heated battles, Battery C was also at Gettysburg, taking up position in the Peach Orchard. Cannon firing demonstrations will occur throughout the day.]


“CAPTURE THE FLAG! CIVIL WAR KIDS TELL THEIR STORIES”

Bloomsburg Ensemble

A Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Performance

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Location: High School Auditorium, 200 W. Penn St., Muncy

 

“Capture the Flag! Civil War Kids Tell Their Stories” is a Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble production which features the adventures and misadventures of kids – soldiers and civilians, Yanks and Rebels, boys and girls, heroes and spies. Told in their words, from their perspectives, it is a snapshot of what three kids were doing – in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Richmond, Virginia and in Gettysburg, PA – as they lived through the most tumultuous days in our nation’s history: July 3 & 4, 1863.

 

Songs, story-telling and staging combine in BTE’s unique and popular style to bring to life tales of brave young people whose hearts are ready to Capture the Flag! Shows are presented by actors in an animated story-theatre style followed by a lively post-performance discussion.

 


PERIOD CHURCH SERVICE

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011, 2 p.m.

Location: Schuyler Avenue at Muncy High School Sports Complex

Rev. Herring, a retired minister, will impersonate Pastor James Frederick Calkins, the only Chaplain who served with the 149th Voluntary Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, in a period worship service.


“DEAR HOME – CAPTAIN JOHN RISSEL LETTERS”

John Rissel

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011, 7 p.m.

Location: Muncy High School Auditorium, 200 W. Penn Street, Muncy

 

The Muncy Historical Society and Custom Taylored Productions proudly present “Dear Home” – a living history “world premiere” stage production of one soldier’s civil war experiences from his enlistment in 1861 to his discharge in 1864. Captain John Rissel of Company F of the 84th, a Pennsylvania regiment, experienced some of the most horrific fighting of the Civil War. Rissel captured his time spent in camp, on what seemed like endless marches, and on the battlefield. His letters convey his pride in his comrades’ bravery and incredible sorrow as he writes of the death of so many of his friends.

John Rissel anxiously sought his parents’ permission to enlist in the Civil War. The excitement of war soon turned to anxiety and fear as sickness and the ravages of battle took a toll on those around him.

Rissel sent more than 120 letters home during his three years with Company F of the 84th, a Pennsylvania regiment that experienced some of the most horrific fighting of the Civil War. In this collaborative effort, adult and student performers will share Rissel’s impatience, fear, guilt, loyalty, hope, confusion, patriotism, and deep mourning.


MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011, , 11 a.m.

N. Main Street to E. Penn Street to Muncy Public Cemetery
Starts promptly at 10 a.m., Parade lead by Tom Taylor, Bag Piper and will include the 149th Bucktails and their families, the PA 46th Band, a Civil War period horse-drawn hearse and others

Guest Speaker: David Richards, Gettysburg Battlefield Guide


7th Annual Quilt Show & “Civil War Quilt” Challenge and Presentations

FRIDAY – SATURDAY, JULY 15 – 16, 2011

Civil War Quilts

Civil War Quilts

July 15, 4:00 – 9 p.m. (Quilt Show Only);

July 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Quilt Show & Two Living History Presentations)
· 11 a.m. – Louisa May Alcott: Writer, Abolitionist & Child of the New Education
· 3 p.m. – Clara Barton: Civil War Nurse & Founder of the American Red Cross

Quilt Show Location: Myers Elementary School, 125 New Street, Muncy
Presentation Location: Community Room, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy

The quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy, Pennsylvania is the setting for this annual 2-day Quilt Show. Show guests have the opportunity to view antique, traditional and new quilts, representing virtually all styles. Diversity and artistic interpretation are highlights of the show and each year, the event is a showcase of stunning hand and machine workmanship, appliqué and quilting techniques, reflecting the originality of the makers and their expertise with needle and thread. The vintage quilts, which help to set this Show apart from others, are from private and museum collections from across the state of Pennsylvania.

The Show also includes quilts entered in the Challenge Theme category, special Civil War-era relevant exhibits, lectures and/or workshops, fabric and specialty vendors, quilt appraisals and a variety of hands-on demonstrations. Judy Howard’s “God Bless America Touring Quilts” and the Colonel Eckman Military Collection will also be on display.

The show activities are selected to appeal to all ages and young people are encouraged to participate.

Presenter: Pat Jordan

Presenter: Pat Jordan

On Saturday, Pat Jordan, professional singer-actor, published writer and director from southeastern Pennsylvania, will present two different one-woman living history plays. Pat’s entertaining and highly-researched historical interpretations have been enjoyed at theatres, colleges, libraries, historical groups, schools, businesses and national historical sites throughout the country. Pat is a member of SAG and AFTRA, a drama instructor, stage director, and Program Director of a foundation-sponsored youth-at-risk arts initiative.

Louisa May Alcott, abolitionist, feminist, advocate for woman’s suffrage and acclaimed author will make her appearance at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Alcott was an avid women’s rights advocate and the sole support of her family for many years. Her character, in many ways, is revealed through the beloved tomboy Jo in Little Women, Alcott’s classic story of four sisters who lived during the Civil War. The Alcott family was on intimate terms with many of the greatest thinkers in New England during the mid-19th century and Louisa’s teachers included Emerson and Thoreau. Later, her father’s utopian experiments provided the youthful author with a colorful background against which to spin her tales. Louisa served as a nurse during the Civil War and her book, “Hospital Sketches” tells of her experiences at the Union Hospital in Georgetown. The renowned writer later authored many books which became popular top sellers.

Woman’s and civil rights activist Clara Barton is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. Clara Barton was born on Christmas Day, 1821, in North Oxford, MA. Her father’s stories of his military career enthralled Clara and inspired dreams of doing some glorious service for her country. The bright, sensitive girl grew into a strong advocate for education, becoming a teacher in her teen years. When the Civil War broke out, Clara headed for the front lines, taking supplies to wounded soldiers and earning the title “Angel of the Battlefield.” Her middle years took her to Europe where she became a passionate supporter of the Geneva Convention and the International Red Cross. On her return to America, she established the first chapter of the American Red Cross, bringing disaster relief to countless thousands throughout the nation and abroad. Clara’s indomitable strength, dogged determination and boundless good will are a model for all Americans. Free Parking; Free Presentations; Quilt Show Admission $5.


37TH ANTIQUES SHOW AND SALE

Juried Antiques Show

FRIDAY – SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 & 27, 2011

Juried Antiques Show

Fri., August 26, 5:30 – 9 p.m. (opening night reception); Sat., August 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Geringer Social Hall, 213 N. Main Street, Muncy

Lycoming County, Pennsylvania’s finest juried show, known for the diversity and quality of antiques, offering a relaxing indoor, air-conditioned atmosphere with outstanding antique dealers. This Show offers an impressive range of antiques: 19th and 20th century American and English furniture, fine early porcelain and glass, stoneware and pottery, quilts and vintage textiles, estate jewelry, folk art, primitives and Americana, smalls and accessories.
Keeping with our 150th anniversary Civil War commemorative efforts, in addition to the “stepping back in time” with antiques available for sale, the 37th annual show will feature a special Civil War era display with exhibited memorabilia on loan from private collections. Free Parking; Admission $4.

DESERTER COUNTRY: CIVIL WAR OPPOSITION IN PENNSYLVANIA

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Robert Sandow, PhD. (Commonwealth Speakers Bureau)
Hosted by the Muncy Historical Society

Location: Community Room, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy (refreshments following presentation)

This lecture explores the widespread and sometimes violent opposition to the Civil War by people in the Appalachian lumber country of northern Pennsylvania. Many are unaware that this sparsely-settled region was home to divided communities that provided a safe haven for opponents of the war and deserters form the army, prompting federal officials to lead a military expedition in 1864. Sandow will examine the social, political and economic factors that explain antiwar opposition, much of which stemmed from the difficulties of Appalachian life. Timely themes are highlighted including the meanings and traditions of dissent in wartime, the debate over loyalty to the nation, the impact of partisan politics and the difficulties faced by the state in enforcing unpopular laws.

Family trips to famous battlefields sparked a lifelong passion in Robert Sandow for Civil War history. His research specialties include the northern homefront during the Civil War, with particular interest in issues of dissent, partisan politics, and opposition. He is an Associate Professor of History at Lock Haven University, where he teaches classes on American History, Military History, Japanese History and introductory courses on Public History and Museum Studies. A Pennsylvania Humanities Council 2011 Speaker, Dr. Sandow is also a writer, publishing among other works, a monograph entitled Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the PA Appalachians in April 2009.


REPASZ BAND CONCERT

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Location: Muncy High School Auditorium, 200 W. Penn Street, Muncy

The Repasz Band was founded in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1831 and it is the oldest non-military band in continuous existence in the United States. It has a proud musical heritage, having performed for a variety of civil and military events.

In 1861, the Band enlisted in the 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and after three months’ service, enlisted in the 29th Pennsylvania Volunteers. After completing its second enlistment, the greater part of the musicians next enlisted in the 8th PA Cavalry and served until the end of the Civil War, seeing action in the Shenandoah Valley as well as at Lee’s surrender. At Appomattox Court House the Repasz Band played the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Rally Round the Flag.” The Band performed at the original dedication of President Ulysses S. Grant’s Tomb on April 27, 1897 and returned one hundred years later to perform at the rededication of Grant’s Tomb. At ten o’clock in the morning on October 23, 1869 the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad delivered the Repasz Band to Muncy so that they could perform at the dedication of the Civil War Soldiers’ Monument at the Muncy Cemetery. It rained that day and the plan to hold the exercises on the cemetery grounds had to be abandoned. The dedication ceremony was moved indoors and the Repasz Band performed “without missing a beat.” The Repasz Band returns to town and to present a concert of Civil War music.

HISTORIC HOMES & WALKING TOUR

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011

Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Civil War Era properties that have stories to tell plus a special exhibit at the museum!

For the one-day annual homes tour, guests will walk through Muncy’s historic district where period costumed reenactors will share their stories of life on the homefront, in camp and on the battlefield. On the public library steps, guests will have the opportunity to hear a Quaker’s position on slavery and experience the crowd’s fervor which led to Muncy’s “Abolition Riot of the 1840s.”

The historic homes and churches, for touring and sidewalk conversations, will be selected based on the “story they have to tell” i.e. Captain Peterman’s (killed at Chancellorsville), Rissel’s pre- and post-Civil War homes (legacy in letters’ home), John Bowman’s (brother-in-law to Lt. Col. John Musser, killed at Wilderness), Mary Jane Levan’s (her tireless efforts raised the funds to erect the C. W. Monument), etc. In addition to refreshments at the museum, tour guests will view a special Civil War era display with exhibited memorabilia on loan from private collections. Admission $12; $10 advance.


5th ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION & SALE

FRIDAY – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4-5, 2011

Fri., November 4, 5:30 – 9 p.m. (opening night reception);
Sat., November 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Geringer Social Hall, 213 N. Main Street, Muncy

This Regional Invitational Art Exhibition features some of the most talented artists in Central Pennsylvania. The sho

w features twenty-four renowned artists, each specializing in a unique genre. Many of them are exhibited and collected nationally; all of them share a close relationship with Muncy and the surrounding area. It includes a wide range of arts and craftsmanship, including photography, oil painting, jewelry, fashion, pottery, woodworking, quilting, ceramics, watercolor, sculpture, home décor and unique holiday decorations. The juried show includes a rich and varied collection of original work along with signed and numbered limited-edition reproductions. Friday night’s opening includes a reception and an opportunity to meet the artists.

In addition to the contemporary artists, guests will experience a special art exhibit representing a cross-section of work from the Civil War era; exhibited memorabilia on loan from both the museum’s and private collections. Admission: $4.

The Muncy Historical Society commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, partnering with the Muncy School District, the Historical Organizations of Lycoming County (HOLC) and other non-profit organizations throughout Lower Lycoming County to provide varied events and activities to appeal to a wide audience in 2011.

 

Program support for the Muncy Historical Society’s 2011 Calendar of Events was made possible in part through donations and grants from The Muncy Bank & Trust Company, the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and the PA Council on the Arts.

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