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Fall Dinner Program

October 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Fall Dinner Speaker Details Wreck of Walter L. Main Circus Train

The Juniata County Historical Society’s Fall Dinner Program is set for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 at Walker Grange, Mexico, PA. Paula Zitzler, a professional archaeologist, will speak about the 1893 wreck of the Walter L. Main Circus Train, near Tyrone, PA. Five people and dozens of animals perished and many animals escaped into the Pennsylvania woods. Rumors of a mass grave continue to circulate. Zitzler details this fascinating story in her book “Unscheduled Stop: The Town of Tyrone and the Wreck of the Walter L. Main Circus Train.” Her book will be for sale for $15, and will benefit the Tyrone Area Historical Society. The dinner menu will be baked ham, scalloped potatoes, cream slaw, candied carrots and angel
food cake with topping. Cost is $20 per person with profit going to the General Operating Fund. Space is limited to 100 attendees. There will also be a 50/50 drawing to benefit the General Operating Fund. Make your reservation and then pay by Oct 2, 2017. The Archives Room is in the lower level of the Juniata County Library building, Mifflintown. Volunteers work Tuesdays 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – Noon. Tickets will be given out for this dinner so if you are able, please stop by to pay for and pick up your ticket(s). If you mail your payment, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to have your ticket(s) sent to you. Call 717-436-5152 to make sure tickets are still available before sending a check.

Make checks payable to The Juniata County Historical Society and send to:

498 Jefferson Street, Suite B, Mifflintown, PA, 17059.

Source: http://www.circusesandsideshows.com/circuses/walterlmaincircus.html


Source: http://www.circusesandsideshows.com/circus_train_wrecks.html


ABOUT THE AUTHOR—Paula Zitzler is a professional archaeologist who has been investigating and telling the stories of America’s history. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, then began her study of the American industrial landscape while a grad student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. With her M.S. in Public Archaeology, she went to work for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission, the National Park Service and the Westsylvania Heritage Corporation where she specialized in heritage tourism. After archaeological and historical investigations of more than 2,000 sites, she now teaches anthropology and history at Penn State Altoona and the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and continues to help communities and organizations tell their stories.


October 10, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Walker Grange
6611 William Penn Hwy
Mifflintown, PA 17059 United States
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