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Spring Banquet

April 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Juniata County Historical Society Annual Meeting and the Spring Dinner Program, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Apr 11, 2018 at Walker Grange, Mexico, PA. The menu for the program will be roast beef, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, California blend with cheese sauce and assorted cakes and ice cream. The price is $20 and any profit benefits the General Operating Fund. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. The deadline for dinner reservations and payment
is Apr 4, 2018. The Archives is in the lower level of the Juniata County Library building, Mifflintown. Effective Mar 6, 2018, volunteers work Tuesdays, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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 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.

The Juniata County Historical Society Annual Meeting and the Spring Dinner Program, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Apr 11, 2018 at Walker Grange, Mexico, PA. The guest speaker will be historian and author Cooper H. Wingert who will explore the history of the anti-slavery movement in South Central Pennsylvania.

Close to the Mason-Dixon line, that part of the Keystone State was a magnet for slave catchers and abolitionists alike. Influenced by religion and empathy, local abolitionists risked their reputations, fortunes and lives in the pursuit of what they believed was right. Women, alongside men, wrote protests, petitioned Congress and pioneered the Underground Railroad.

The sister of Benjamin Lundy, one of America’s most famous abolitionists, married into an Adams County family, and spent decades helping runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. National figures such as Frederick Douglass toured the region, delivering anti-slavery orations to mixed receptions.

In 1859, John Brown planned his Harper’s Ferry raid from Chambersburg, where his identity was concealed by local abolitionists.

Wingert has authored 11 books including: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania; Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania; The Confederate Approach to Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign’s Northernmost Reaches; and Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union. He received the 2012 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Award for Confederate History, has appeared on C-SPAN Book TV and Pennsylvania Cable Network, and is a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

Book Image Courtesy of Cooper H. Wingert


April 11, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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