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The Bucknellians of World War I: A Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Project Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm

The Bucknellians of World War I: A Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Project
Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm
at the
Public LIbrary for Union County
255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg, PA

In anticipation of the upcoming centennial anniversary and in response to the apparent dearth of written histories, in 2013 Bucknell Prof. David Del Testa began researching the involvement of Bucknell University’s students, faculty, and staff in World War I. It quickly became apparent that the project would serve as an ideal opportunity for motivated undergraduates to help uncover the stories of Bucknellians who served in the war.

Now at its midpoint, the undergraduates helping with the "Bucknell in World War I" project have found 715 students, staff, and faculty, including eight women, who served domestically and overseas, as soldiers, sailors, ambulance drivers, and experts for the militaries of Britain, France, and the United States, in every theater of this global war. Sadly, forty of this number gave their lives for the conflict.

Please come learn about the project and its successes from some of the very students who have contributed as researchers, as well as their plans for field research in northern France and southern Belgium in May this year.

The program is free and open to the public. Call the Library at 570-523-1172 to reserve a seat. For additional information, contact UCHS at 570-524-8666 or info@unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org.


Spring Dinner & Program
Becoming Buggy Town
presented by Bronwen Anderson-Sanders
Thursday, April 20, 6 PM
at Christ's United Lutheran "Four Bells" Church, 13765 Old Turnpike Rd., Rte. 45, Millmont, PA                

Cost is $17.50 per person. Please make reservations before March 31.

By the end of the 19th century, Mifflinburg had earned the nickname “Buggy Town” for the number of manufacturers and buggies made in this small borough. The industry adopted new trends in manufacturing, marketing and financing. At the same time, manufacturers enjoyed the support of the businesses in Mifflinburg and beyond.

Bronwen Anderson-Sanders, Executive Director of the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, will focus on the factors that helped Mifflinburg achieve the status of "Buggy Town." According to Sanders, Mifflinburg was home to 90 separate independent buggy manufacturers over an 84 year period; it took many parallel industries and businesses to catapult the town to this standing. Sanders' presentation will discuss banks, hardware stores, dealers and buggy makers, as well as their marketing efforts.

Bronwen Anderson-Sanders worked with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at the Daniel Boone Homestead, the Conrad Weiser Homestead, and Washington Crossing Historic Park. She also worked as Tour Director at the Historical Society of Talbot County, Maryland. Mrs. Sanders began working at the Buggy Museum in 1997, becoming executive director in 2000.

The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum preserves the property of William A. Heiss, one of Mifflinburg’s buggy makers. The Museum complex includes a modern Visitor Center with changing exhibits, the Heiss family home, the original buggy factory, the reconstructed carriage house and showroom, and has recently expanded its collection to include automobiles. Guided tours of the historic buildings allow visitors to step back in time and learn about the manufacturing and selling process, and peak into the lives of the Heiss family. Visit www.buggymuseum.org for information on this fascinating local museum.

The program follows dinner of roast turkey, vegetables, dessert, and beverages, served family- style at the "Four Bells" Church in Millmont. Pre-paid reservations are required. 

Social time begins at 6, with dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7:30.
Join us on Thursday, April 20 for a great program and a delicious dinner!

Reservations are due by March 31 or can be made online at www.unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org
Mail or drop off reservation form and check to:
Union County Historical Society, 103 S. 2nd Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
For more information: 570-524-8666 ~ info@unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org

Reservations for April 20 Dinner & Program "Becoming Buggy Town" @ $17.50 per person



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Lewisburg Cemetery Tour April 15, 2017

Historic Cemetery Tour

"Lewisburg in the World War"

Saturday  April 15, 2017