Civil War Seminars Present Cavalry on the Road to Gettysburg as the September HISTORYTalk

Civil War Seminars Present Cavalry on the Road to Gettysburg as the September HISTORYTalk

The next HISTORYtalk will be with Bob O’Neill on September 15 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom. His talk will be: Cavalry on the Road to Gettysburg: Aldie, Middleburg, and Uppervill Re-examined. Following the talk will be a Q&A period led by Eric Wittenberg.

Talk Synopsis

Contrary to popular belief, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, commanding the Army of the Potomac, neither ordered nor desired his cavalry to search for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in mid-June 1863. Bob O’Neill will explain what Hooker asked his cavalry to do and how, by disobeying his orders, cavalry commander Alfred Pleasonton precipitated a series of clashes with Jeb Stuart in Northern Virginia’s Loudoun Valley.


Bob O’Neill is the author of two books and numerous magazine articles. A retired police officer, his newest book, Small but Important Riots, Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville will be published in 2022. Learn more about the Union cavalry and the clashes in the Loudoun Valley on Bob’s website at

Cost is $5/person, and registrants will receive a login link upon registering. 

To learn more about HISTORYTalks and sign up for the next HISTORYtalk, click here. 

Allison Antrim Museum Remembers September 11

Allison Antrim Museum Remembers September 11

September 11, 2021 marks the 2oth anniversary of the attack of the World Trade Center.

Allison-Antrim Museum is hosting Remembering September 11th to honor the memory of 2,977 victims – the heroes and the innocents, who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

No student today, K-12, has memories of September 11, 2001. Their connection to 9/11 is the aftermath, through which they have lived every day. All they know about September 11, 2001, is what they read in books or about what they hear their family members talk.

The exhibit displays the artwork created by GAHS students, in September 2001 and one year later in 2002. The teenagers’ art pieces are intense and insightful, with the raw feelings that reflect and say what everyone felt. These students are now 36 to 38 years of age. Introducing the exhibit is a special donation to Allison Antrim Museume’s September 11 collection – a 9-11-01 red, metal Port Authority recovery project sign, which was used in World Trade Center 6, Level B-4.

Also, included in the exhibition are three large archival scrapbooks of newspaper articles from the 10 years that chronicle the timeline of events beginning September 11, 2001, through August 2011. The Front pages from some local, state, and national newspapers are, also, exhibited. Among the books on the events of September 11, that that visitors may peruse, is Portraits, a compilation of the daily New York Times’ Portraits of Grief column, published until all the September 11 victims were recognized. A photograph and 200-word essay that captures the essence of each person was the Times’ way of honoring each victim and allowing the world to put a face and meaning with each life – they are no longer just a number between one and three thousand.

Framed prints of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms – Freedom of Speech and Worship and Freedom from Want and Fear, purchased by AAMI in 2002, are displayed. The original Rockwell canvasses, which toured the country for the WWII War Bond effort, were inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech. $133 million dollars’ worth of bonds were sold.

Photographs of how people and businesses in the Greencastle-Antrim area responded are, also, exhibited. One unusual piece in the exhibit is a comic book. The creators of all the superheroes paid tribute to the real heroes in this September 2001 magazine, not the imaginary ones they have created in their minds for their comic strips. A journal begun in September 2001, which records the thoughts of AAMI visitors about that infamous day, will be available for reading and writing one’s 2021, 20-year, retrospective thoughts. One of the accounts shared was by Rev. Anna Straight, pastor at the Greencastle Presbyterian Church in September 2001. In it she shared her email correspondence with Rev. Jon Walton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in NYC. In the email, he spoke about the first plane flying, very low over the church, just seconds before it hit the first Tower. “The First 24 Hours,” a video will play in the background.

Allison-Antrim Museum will be open Saturday, September 11, 2021 for an extended time, 10 am to 1 pm.

The Museum is regularly open Tuesday through Friday from noon – 4 pm and on Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm. For more information, please visit the website at, on Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, on Instagram @allison_antrim, or call the museum at 717-597-9010. There is no charge for admission, but donations are appreciated.

Children’s Colonial Program

Children’s Colonial Program

Join Conococheague Institute on Thursday, August 26, for a one-time event with your child, ages 6-14. The event requires preregistration and a waiver.

Step back in time to 1777, when The War against England requires a fresh fighting force. The Militia is called up at Old Welsh Run to face this threat. This program will provide an immersive experience for the participants as they are transported back in time to the Frontier during the American Revolution. Participants will follow several of the actions undertaken by Militia in the Revolution, including:

  • Enlistment and Oath of Allegiance – Sign with a quill and pledge loyalty to the new American Establishment
  • Musketry and Drill – March in step with Sergeant Davis and learn all of the maneuvers to outflank the British
  • Firelock Competition – The new child recruits can bet and rate our 2 best marksman in competitions of Speed shooting!
  • Soldiers Lunch – March on your stomach! An authentic Soldiers stew will be served (with an alternative of a cold collation)
  • Fleet of Foot – End the Muster with some healthy rivalry. The officers will put out prizes for those who can prove themselves in various games and competitions. Fleet of Foot, Wisest Wit, and more.

Contact us to Pre-register NOW. Space is limited to 25 participants! To receive a registration form or inquire about the event, email Conococheague Institute at, call 717.328.2800, or see online for more information and upcoming events.

30th Annual JazzFest

30th Annual JazzFest

The Institute’s 30th anniversary Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Wharf, a rural, park-like property at 10141 Wharf Road in Waynesboro, Pa.

The concert is offered free to the public. In case of rain, the concert will take place at an indoor area at the same location. 

This year’s concert features one of the jazz world’s hottest rising stars, Benny Benack III (vocals and trumpet), with Paul Bollenback (guitar), Alexander Claffy (bass), and Byron Landham (drums).  

Conceived in 1992 and presented every year since, the Institute’s Jazz Festival was previously held at Renfrew Park and has featured a long list of jazz legends, including David “Fathead” Newman, Randy Brecker, Bud Shank, Houston Person, Gary Bartz, Karrin Allison, Lew Tabackin, Joey DeFranceso, Frank Morgan, Jeff “Tain”Watts, Rene Marie, Vincent Herring, Ingrid Jensen, Eric Alexander, Joe Locke, and Steve Wilson. 

In 2020, when audience capacity needed to be limited, the Jazz Fest concert was live-streamed around the world.

“After last year, we really wanted to do something special to mark the auspicious milestone of our 30th anniversary, while also looking to the future with great anticipation and excitement,” noted event founder Andrew Sussman. 

“Thus, we are moving to a NEW location, a NEW time, and featuring some of the hottest young musicians in jazz,” Sussman said. “I believe Benny Benack and Alexander Claffy are both major talents and are going to be big stars in the jazz world. And we are thrilled to have jazz masters Paul Bollenback and Byron Landham back to round out this incredible quartet!” 

To add to the celebration this year, the Pretzel Spot Café food truck will be on site and BYOB will be permitted.

Benny Benack III has proven to be a rare talent: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship. His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). And he’s a highly capable pianist as well. 

Benack has performed widely as a front man for Postmodern Jukebox and played and recorded with Christian McBride, Josh Groban, Diplo/Major Lazer, Emmet Cohen, Ben Folds, Ann Hampton Callaway, Melissa Errico, and many more. He’s been featured at jazz festivals and clubs around the world, won or was a finalist in several prestigious competitions (including the Thelonious Monk and Carmine Caruso Trumpet Competitions) and is highly sought after as a clinician and educator, leading workshops and panels for jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program and the New York Youth Symphony’s Education department. 

Third in a generational line of Pittsburgh jazz notables, Benack follows in the footsteps of his trumpeter/bandleader grandfather, Benny Benack, Sr., and his father Benny Benack, Jr., a saxophonist/clarinetist who gave the young Benny his first professional experience. (Benny, Sr. recorded the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 theme song, “Beat ’Em Bucs” and toured with Tommy Dorsey and Raymond Scott, among others.) 

Benack’s latest album, “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” was released in 2020 and features bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride, drummer/producer Ulysses Owens, Jr., and Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano and Rhodes.

Paul Bollenback started his music career in 1981, and has performed with a wide range of jazz luminaries, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Carol Sloane, Gary Thomas, Grady Tate, and in the group East Meets Jazz with the renowned tabla virtuoso Sandip Burman, to name just a few. He is known for his versatility, and also for an influential 20-year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. Bollenback performed on over 80 recordings as a sideman, and has released eight CDs as a leader. A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Queens College, and The New School. Bollenback is also a composer, whose pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Reboppin’” and on the “Jazz Times Superband” CD. His most recent recording is “Portraits in Space and Time.”

Alexander Claffy is currently one of the most in-demand bass players in New York. Since moving there from Philadelphia in 2011, he has worked with a long list of musicians including Wallace Roney, Christian Scott, Louis Hayes, Harold Mabern, Russell Malone, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Joey Alexander, and Johnny O’Neal. He’s recorded three albums as a leader including his most recent, “Claffy II.” His father, Joseph Claffy is a notable society bandleader in the Philadelphia area. Claffy also appeared on the first three seasons of the Nickelodeon show, “Blue’s Clues.”

Drummer Byron Landham is best known for his 18-year association with organist Joey DeFrancesco, with whom he recorded 16 albums and toured the world. In addition, he leads his own highly regarded band, The Landham Brothers, and has performed with a wide range of jazz greats including David Sanborn, Betty Carter, Benny Golson, James Moody, Grover Washington, Jr., David “Fathead” Newman, Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Bobby Watson, Jimmy Smith, Etta James, Stanley Turrentine, Illinois Jacquet, George Benson, Gary Bartz, Pat Martino, and Tom Harrell.

Support for this event was provided by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Further sponsors include The Hamilton Family Foundation on behalf of Hamilton Nissan and Hamilton Hyundai, Andrew and Sally Sussman, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Stephen D. Fisher, and The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; the John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support provided courtesy of Jeff and Nancy Mace.

Parking is available on the property. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and picnics are welcome. As in the past, cold water will be available free to all attendees.

For more information call The Institute at 717-762-0373, or visit


Franklin County Courthouse Complex Will Feature Public Art Project

Franklin County Courthouse Complex Will Feature Public Art Project

The Council For The Arts, in collaboration with the Franklin County Commissioner, is excited for the start of a new public art project that will find its permanent home inside the new Franklin County Courthouse Complex

Featuring  two unique indoor murals that encompass the spirit of the local community, the locally produced art will be a celebration of Franklin County with a particular focus on the history, culture, industrial and manufacturing heritage and agriculture of the region.

The new Courthouse complex is not only an important addition to the Franklin County infrastructure and the inclusion of local artists work presents an exciting opportunity to continue the momentum of the cultural evolution of Franklin County.

To achieve this, The Council For The Arts will work collaboratively with local artists, blending their talents and passions to create unique artworks to be displayed within the newly built courthouse building.

To ensure a wide variety of representation across Franklin County artists, all creatives who live, work, or who are from the region can apply to participate in the project by creating a rough concept design or sketch of their proposed art work depicting one of the themes being included in the project. Around 20 designs will be selected and each artist will then paint their work on panels approximately 2ft by 3ft in size that will then be put together with the others to create a larger “collage” style mural.

The second mural will be a design developed by the Council For The Arts creative team and representative of the works of all the artists involved.

This is a paid opportunity for accepted artists. The deadline for artists to apply is AUGUST 15th

For more information or to submit a design sketch, visit OUR WEBSITE or email