Muncy Historical Society to present Civil War historian and speaker

MUNCY – Muncy Historical Society will host Commonwealth Speaker and nationally recognized Civil War preservationist Anthony Waskie, who specializes in the life of General George G. Meade. Waskie will speak at 2:30 p.m. April 14 at the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The public presentation, focusing on Meade’s role at Gettysburg, is free.

On June 28, 1863, Meade was given command of the Army of the Potomac. Meade would achieve both his greatest victory, and make his greatest mistake, during his first encounter with Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

During the battle of Gettysburg, although still new to the command of his army and suffering great losses of such leaders as John Reynolds, Meade held off Lee’s attacks and smashed the Confederate Army on the third day. Using Meade’s own words and extensive background research, Waskie, speaking as General Meade, will recount the general’s specific role at Gettysburg, 150 years ago this July.

Audiences are encouraged to ask the “General” questions about his life and work.

Waskie is a Civil War historian, author, living history performer and preservationist specializing in the life of General George G. Meade.

He serves as president of the General Meade Society and vice president of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library.

He teaches in the Civil War and emancipation studies program at Temple University. Waskie received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University.

The program of the Pennsylv-ania Humanities Council is sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. PHC inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. The Pennsylvania Museum is proud to host this program to further its mission of bringing the community together to learn about and share our local history.

In addition to Waskie’s first-person General Meade presentation, Muncy Historical Society volunteers will exhibit local Civil War memorabilia. Young people, 12 and under, will each receive a free coloring book, “Billy Yank – the Union Soldier in the Civil War.”

More information is available by calling 546-5917 or visit the society’s website, www.MuncyHisto