Academy Opens June 2 With Plenty To Offer Visitors

The Tuscarora Academy Museum opens for the Summer on Sunday, June 2 and will be open each Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. through the end of August.

All Summer — The Special Exhibit Room will highlight the history of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in Juniata County with many interesting items from local scouting on display.

July 14 — Native American Artifacts Day will feature both Steve Zeiders and Andy Paige with their vast artifact collections. Free ice cream sundaes will also be offered that afternoon until sold out and is provided by The Creme Stop, McAlisterville.

August 11 — A one-day gun show will highlight that Sunday afternoon. Stephen Renno will display examples of early Juniata County long rifles made by local gunsmiths.  

Tuscarora Academy Opening Date

The Tuscarora Academy Museum will open Sunday, June 2, 2024 and be open every Sunday afternoon in June, July and through the end of August. Time is 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. An easier access is now available at the side door.

Dinner Speaker Change

Unfortunately, Matthew Dodd cannot attend Wednesday evening for the Annual Meeting and Spring Dinner due to family obligations.

Rather than cancel, we have one of our own, Samuel Leister, speaking on Music of the Civil War.

We are as disappointed as everyone for this last minute change, but our hope is that you’ll enjoy the evening with another knowledgable Civil War speaker who graciously agreed to fill in at this late date.


The Juniata County Historical Society will hold their annual meeting and Spring dinner program Wednesday, April 24 at Walker Grange Hall, Mexico, PA at 6:30 p.m. A roast chicken meal is on the menu.

Speaker is Matthew Dodd who will present songs and stories of the Civil War to guests. Dodd will be acting out what it was like to live during time of the War Between the States. He had presented to us a rendition of a hobo a few years ago.

   Dressed in period soldier’s clothing, he takes listeners back in time to feel what it was like to be a soldier, civilian, loved-one-at-home or escaped slave in the Civil War era. Through period songs, excerpts from actual letters, and anecdotes (humorous and poignant), he evokes the feelings and passions of that pivotal era of American history. Dodd bypasses the stories of the generals and the battle movements and concentrates on the feelings and stories of the individual soldier (North and South), the mother, father, or sweetheart left at home, and of the men and women who “followed the drinking gourd” to freedom.

Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. You may call ahead (717-436-5152) to reserve ticket(s), but all tickets must be paid in advance by April 16.

   Stop at the the Archives Research Library Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or, if you want your ticket(s) mailed to you, please send a check to Juniata County Historical Society, 498 Jefferson Street, Suite B., Mifflintown, PA 17059, and include a self-addressed, stamped return envelope.

Research Library Opening Soon

The Juniata County Research Library Archives will open Tuesday, March 12 with hours of Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We will also be open the following Saturdays this year:

March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26 and November 23

All Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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