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.

Archives Room Re-opening Soon

The Juniata County Historical Society’s Archives Room will re-open Tuesday, March 12. Hours are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are located at 498 Jefferson Street, Suite B, Mifflintown, PA 17059 and are situated directly below the Juniata County Library. There are also hours offered by appointment, if a volunteer is available. Call 717-436-5152 to schedule or email jchs1931@juniatacountyhistoricalsociety.org

Look for your Spring newsletter the end of March or beginning of April!

Research Library Closing Soon for Winter

The Juniata County Historical Society will close their Archives, located below the Juniata County Library, for the Winter months. The last day of operation will be Wednesday, December 13.

The Research Library is taking hours by appointment during this time. Call 717-436-5152 or email:  jchs1931@juniatacountyhistoricalsociety.org All phones, mail and emails are checked sporadically during the Winter months. Please let a message and someone will return your call or email.

Re-opening date is March 12, 2024. Tuesday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Look for a Winter Newsletter, which will be coming in the new year. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Alexander Caverns to be explored at Fall Dinner October 25 at Walker Grange

Local historian Forest K. Fisher will discuss the cavern at the Juniata County Historical Society annual fall dinner, to be held Oct. 25 at the Walker Grange in Mexico. Fisher is the author of Alexander Caverns: Mifflin County’s Once Spectacular Show Cave, published by the Mifflin County Historical Society.

A Mifflin County Historical Society board member since 1995-96, Fisher took the position as newsletter editor and continues that post. He is also immediate past president, having served two terms and is currently vice president.

Fisher and his wife, Dot, live in Fisher’s family home, Raven Roost, along Honey Creek, Reedsville, “just over the hill” from Alexander Caverns.

The dinner menu is roast chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, succotash, baked apples and angel food cake with topping. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with a short business meeting before the speaker.

There will be a 50/50 drawing. The first drawn will be for the proceeds, the second drawn will be a print by the late George Losch, “Evening at the Station.”

Tickets are $20 and are available at the JCHS Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. any Tuesday, or from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays. Call 717-436-5152 to reserve your tickets, and send a check to the Juniata County Historical Society, 498 Jefferson Street, Suite B., Mifflintown, PA 17059, with a stamped return envelope to have tickets mailed. Ticket deadline is Oct. 17.

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