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BATTLE OF SAILOR’S CREEK

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring the BATTLE OF SAILOR’S CREEK (Sayler’s Creek) On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. This was the last major battle of the Civil War in the east. Louis Francis Brest, of Mercer, won the Congressional Medal of Honor at this battle. Jim Carnes will be presenting this program. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490. For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org...
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VIETNAM TET, PART 2

HISTORY IN THE MAKING DISCUSSION GROUP VIETNAM TET, PART 2 On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society will present —“History in the Making.” We will be continuing a study of Vietnam, continuing with the Tet Offensive—Part 2. The doors will open at 6:30 PM at the library of the Mercer County Historical Society; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. Part of this program will be on video combined with a general discussion of the topic. The “History in the Making” Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to world and local history. This roundtable will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at...
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THE SEVEN DAYS BATTLE

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring: THE SEVEN DAYS BATTLE On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on the Seven Days Battle. The Seven Days Battles were a series of six major battles over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, near Richmond, Virginia, during the American Civil War. Jim Carnes will be presenting this program. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490. For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org...
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VIETNAM TET, PART 1

HISTORY IN THE MAKING DISCUSSION GROUP On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society will present —“History in the Making.” We will be starting a study of Vietnam, beginning with the Tet Offensive—Part 1. The doors will open at 6:30 PM at the library of the Mercer County Historical Society; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. Part of this program will be on video combined with a general discussion of the topic. The “History in the Making” Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to world and local history. This roundtable will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at...
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Man looks for a murderer 100 years later.

The MCHS was able to play a hand in looking into this mysterious death more than 100 years ago: The Record-Argus, Greenville, Pa. 16125 Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14, 2016 One-hundred years later, man seeks info about uncle’s murder By Molly Vanwoert Mystery is ‘out of a TV drama’ Until a few weeks ago, Jim Stevenson had no idea his great-great uncle J.A. Stevenson existed. While doing research on the history of another relative, Jim stumbled across J.A.’s story – documented in old newspaper articles collected by the Mercer County Historical Society (MCHS) – and found himself thrust into a murder mystery that he said “could be straight out of a TV drama.’ Now Jim said he is trying everything he can to learn more about the uncle he never knew he had, and the murder that ended his life exactly 100 years ago. According to historical society documents, J.A. died after being shot three times in his Osgood home on Aug. 13, 1916. While archives from the Greenville Evening Record and The Mercer Dispatch detail the many twists and turns of the investigation into J.A.’s untimely death, from the day after attack through Oct. 28, 1916, coverage of the investigation seems to end there. The final Evening Record article confirms the identity of one of J.A.’s killers – found dead just a mile outside of Mercer – and clears the name of another implicated in the crime, but does not answer the question of who the second killer was. This, among others, is a question Jim wants answered. Jim is currently working with Bill Philson – executive director of the historical society – in an attempt to track down missing newspaper articles, police reports and an obituary for J.A., which he hopes will help fill in the blanks of his family tree. Although his father was 11 years old when J.A. was murdered, Jim said his dad’s great-uncle was never mentioned to him; his sister, Nancy; or his brother, John, as they were growing up. “We knew nothing about [the murder], or him for that matter,” Jim said. “When it happened, my dad was 11 and lived very close by to J.A., but it was never discussed in our family – it was never brought up, by anyone.” Jim’s father kept hand-written records of the Stevensons’ family history, something Jim said he passed on to him. While researching a J.M....
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THE HUFFMAN LETTERS

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring: THE HUFFMAN LETTERS On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on the “Huffman Letters.” In 1861, sixteen year old William Henry Huffman of Darlington Township, Beaver County, enlisted in the Union Army. As part of the 100th PA regiment (Roundheads) based in Lawrence County, he participated in over 20 battles, including Fredericksburg and Vicksburg. Fast forward until the 2000’s, a family donates a chest to the Little Beaver Historical Society and it is examined by Jay Paisley. He discovered a series of letters by Huffman to his family. He took these letters and created a book. He will be here on January 10, 2017, to tell us about this young man and his experiences during the Civil War. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490. For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org...
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