It may be a cold winter, but it hasn’t hindered those interested in learning more about The Revolutionary War to come out for Historical Educational Events held by the society.
Two programs, presented by Steve Runkle, were held at the Juniata County Library’s Community Room this January.
The first, The Revolutionary War in the Susquehanna River Basin Region, was held January 13, 2014. Runkle gave a room packed full of individuals insight on the part played by the Northern Americans during the war. His presentation touched on many of the bloody battles and brought about the fact that many times brothers [both European settlers and Native Americans] were fighting on opposite sides during those battles.
Monday, January 27, Runkle will be giving another talk on The Philadelphia Campaign of the Revolutionary War [this event is already full]. This program will chronicle the most critical year of the American Revolutionary War, from July 1777 through June 1778 and also focus on the part Pennsylvania played in that time period of the War. Of special interest to Juniata County attenders will be the part played by Zachariah Rice, a German millwright who emigrated to the Tuscarora Valley and was once landowner of what is now known as “Church Hill” just west of Port Royal. A publication, Perrysville to Port Royal 1812-2012 A 200-Year Journey, makes reference to Rice and the beginnings of the Lutheran Church in Port Royal. The book is available at the Archives.
Other Upcoming Programs
Other upcoming programs include a Saturday, March 8 presentation which highlights a Juniata County veteran and his part in World War II. It will be based on the book, Every Soldier Has A Story, written by Lincoln T. Hokenbrough about his grandfather Clarence R. Hibbs from eastern Juniata County.
The May 12 presentation will feature local historical author Wayne Taylor whose program entitled, The Significance of the Tuscarora Valley Railroad, will introduce participants of this event to the establishment of the Tuscarora Valley Railroad [TVRR].
All programs, which begin at 1:00 p.m., are by reservation only and can be made by calling 717-436-5174.
Not a society member and want to learn more about Juniata County history? Don’t despair, you can become one for as little as $15 a year. Call the above listed number to find out more about becoming a member which gives free access to the Archives Room, and a quarterly newsletter containing all the happenings and other historical accounts of Juniata County’s rich history.