Events

Gen. George G. Meade at Muncy

Commonwealth Speaker, Civil War Historian
Anthony Waskie to Portray
Gen. George G. Meade at Muncy

The Muncy Historical Society will host the Commonwealth Speaker and nationally-recognized Civil War preservationist, Anthony Waskie, specializing in the life of General George G. Meade at the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 1:30. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Using Meade’s own words and extensive background research, Anthony Waskie, speaking as General Meade, recounts the general’s career and services to the nation. From his work as an engineer and lighthouse builder, to combat in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, to his assuming command of the Union Army on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg (where he handed Lee his first defeat), Meade was integral to the survival of the Union. Not only successful in war, Meade also designed Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, founded two schools for orphans of Civil War veterans and helped integrate surviving veterans back into peaceful pursuits. Audiences are encourage to ask the “General” questions about his life and work.

Anthony Waskie is a Civil War historian, author, living history performer and preservationist specializing in the life of General George G. Meade. Waskie serves as President of the General Meade Society and Vice President of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library. He teaches in the Civil War and Emancipation Studies program at Temple University. Waskie received his MA and PhD degrees from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. PHC inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. The Pennsylvania Museum is proud to host this program to further its mission of bringing the community together to learn about and share our local history.

In addition to Dr. Waskie’s first-person General Meade presentation, Muncy Historical Society volunteers will exhibit local Civil War memorabilia from a private collection. Young people, twelve and under, will each receive a free coloring book entitled “Billy Yank – the Union Soldier in the Civil War” and copies of “This Republic of Suffering – Death and the American Civil War” will be distributed as door prizes. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Call (570) 546-5917 or visit the society’s website, http://www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org, for more information.

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Program Focuses on the Civil War Submarine, C.S.S. Hunley

On Sunday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m., Barbie and Bush James will launch the fall schedule at the Muncy Historical Society’s 40 N. Main Street location.

Charleston, S.C. (Jan. 28, 2005) – Civil War Confederate submarine Hunley conservators Philippe de Vivies, left, and Paul Mardikian remove the first section of the crew’s bench at the Warren Lash Conservation Lab in the former Charleston Navy Shipyard, S.C. Archaeologists and conservators are hopeful that once the bench is removed, they will discover new Hunley artifacts. (Photo courtesy of Naval Historical Center.)

The C.S.S. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America and the first to sink an enemy ship during the Civil War. On February 17, 1864 Hunley attacked and sank the enemy ship, the USS Housatonic which was on Union blockade duty near Charleston. Soon after, Hunley sank for unknown reasons, killing all eight of her crew. The Hunley was discovered in 1995. An intensive underwater archaeological investigation and excavation culminated with the raising of the Hunley in 2000. The position of the remains of the eight crew members indicated that the men died at their stations.

Bush and Barbie James will present a brief history of the Hunley’s military endeavors before sharing their filming of the funeral taken when the remains of the crew were laid to rest at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina on April 17, 2004. Tens of thousands of people attended the service including some 10000 reenactors and civilians dressed wearing period clothing.

The Society’s meetings and events are always open to the public. Museum tours begin at 1:30 on meeting days and light refreshments are served immediately following the program in the colonial kitchen.