MUNCY - The Muncy Historical Society will host the nationally-recognized Civil War preservationist Anthony Waskie, specializing in the life of Gen. George G. Meade, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St.
Doors open at 1:30. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Using Meade's own words and extensive background research, Waskie, speaking as Gen. Meade, recounts the general's career and services to the nation.
Dr. Anthony Waskie specializes in the life of Gen. George G. Meade.
From his work as an engineer and lighthouse builder, to combat in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, to his assuming command of the Union Army on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg (where he handed Lee his first defeat), Meade was integral to the survival of the Union.
Not only successful in war, Meade also designed Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, founded two schools for orphans of Civil War veterans and helped integrate surviving veterans back into peaceful pursuits.
Audiences are encourage 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 Meade. Waskie serves as president of the General Meade Society and Vice President of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library.
He teaches in the Civil War and Emancipation Studies program at Temple University. Waskie received his a master's degree and Ph.D. from New York University and a degree from Bloomsburg University.
The presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
In addition to Dr. Waskie's first-person General Meade presentation, Muncy Historical Society volunteers will exhibit local Civil War memorabilia from a private collection.
Children will each receive a free coloring book titled "Billy Yank - the Union Soldier in the Civil War" and copies of "This Republic of Suffering - Death and the American Civil War" will be distributed as door prizes.
Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
Call 546-5917 or visit the society's website at www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org for more information.