Calendar of Events

 

SEPTEMBER 18 • 7 PM THE 1936-1937 GREAT LAKES EXPOSITION

Brad Schwartz, author, will discuss the Great Lakes Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair of 1936.  The exposition featured technological innovations, aquatics extravaganzas, theatre productions, blimp rides, and the music, food, architecture, and culture of over forty countries.

OCTOBER 16 • 7 PM THE GNADENHUTTEN MASSACRE & CRAWFORD’S DEFEAT

Patrick Drouhard will reflect on the massacre of ninety-six Moravian indians by colonial militia at Gnadenhutten, Ohio, in 1782, and the resulting capture of Col. Crawford and his men as revenge for the massacre.  Both events strained relations between the Americans and natives.

NOVEMBER 20 • 7 PM LIVING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

Dr. John S. Allerding spent ten months as the Lead Physician with the U.S. Antarctic Program at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.  After a full house for his program last year, he returns for an encore presentation at the CE Budd Auditorium.

FEBRUARY 19 • 7 PM SERGEANT YORK

Ken Hammontree will portray Sgt. Alvin York, one of the most decorated soldiers of WWI.  York led a daring attack on a machine gun nest, killing 25 and capturing 132 German troops.   French Marshal Ferdinand Foch hailed it as “the greatest thing accomplished by any soldier.”

MARCH 19 • 7 PM BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN

The Battle of Little Bighorn was fought between the Lakota and the 7th U.S. Cavalry in 1876.  Jeff Helmer, of the National Park Service, will discuss the events and aftermath of the battle that lead to the annihilation of twelve calvary companies and the last stand of General Custer.

APRIL 16 • 7 PM THE PERILS OF PETTICOATS

Lynne Bury, of the Zimmerman-Bury Octagon House in Doylestown, delves into the fascinating history of mid-19th century fashion.  From hoop skirts to corsets, women’s fashion in the 1800s was a complex array of uncomfortable, and occasionally perilous, clothing.