Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society Meeting

Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society Meeting

Thursday September 15th, 2022 * 7:00 PM
The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society will meet at the State Line Ruritan Building, 15481 Park Drive, located off Route 11 at the State Line, PA Community Park.
Guest speaker will be Bob O’Connor, an author of historical fiction and non-fiction novels from Charles Town, WV.
The program will be “A House Divided Against Itself.”
Wesley and William Culp, both from Gettysburg, were the only two brothers that we know of who fought against each other in two different Civil War battles – the Battle of Falling Waters in 1861 and the Second Battle of Winchester in 1863.
Hear the story of how the brothers enlisted separately, and what happened leading them back to the Battle of Gettysburg.
The public is invited, free.
Visit www.middleburgmasondixon.org or call 301-739-0357.
230th Thaddeus Stevens Birthday Celebration Comes To Caledonia

230th Thaddeus Stevens Birthday Celebration Comes To Caledonia

The new tribute to Thaddeus Stevens is a bronze statue called Men in Pursuit of Justice Must Never Despair.  It is a quote of Stevens. The statue shows 6-ft. tall Stevens’ clutching a copy of the 14th Amendment, one of his greatest achievements. The base of the statue is shaped like Pennsylvania. A celebration is slated for April 1, 2, and 3.

The Thaddeus Stevens Society launched a fundraising effort in 2015 to raise $55,000 for the statue. By 2018 the Society had amassed pledges of $15,500. A lifetime member and lifelong admirer of Stevens, Michael Charney, offered to pay the remaining $39,500, making the statue possible.

The Celebration at Caledonia State Park

Sunday, April 3, Events at Caledonia State Park, at Rt. 30 and Rt. 233, near Chambersburg, PA in the main office conference room.

10 a.m. to noon — Economist William A. Darity of Duke University, author of From Here to Equality, Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, will talk about Stevens and reparations. A. Kirsten Mullen, co-author of From Here to Equality and a folklorist and founder of Artefactual, an arts-consulting practice, will  also present “Finishing the job, Thaddeus Stevens and the true Radical Republicans started,” examining the material basis for black Americans’ full citizen rights which he and Sen. Charles Sumner and abolitionist Wendel Phiillips  recommended consistently from 1861 to 1866 — Free, light lunch will be served

1 p.m. — 3 p.m. — Thaddeus Stevens Society business meeting and tour of park’s blacksmith shop

Birding Field Trip: Short-eared Owls, The Institute

Birding Field Trip: Short-eared Owls, The Institute

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 * 4:00 PM
Birding Field Trip: Short-eared Owls
Let’s travel to Gettysburg for a special winter afternoon birding excursion, in search of Short-eared Owls.
Arrive at 3:00 PM for this special excursion in search of the Short-eared Owl at Gettysburg!
The trip is led by ornithologists Larry and Sharon Williams, who also led our bi-monthly SOAR bird walks. 
The trip is free. Participants provide their own transportation and will meet at Gettysburg Battlefield.
Rendezvous location will be provided upon registration. 
Unlike many owls, Short-eared hunt over fields and meadows during the daytime, which provides an amazing opportunity to observe their graceful flight and hunting behaviors. When the owls are present, there can be several hunting in the same area on nearby fields.
“If we are fortunate enough to encounter multiple owls, then we may be able to hear their vocalizations and see interactions between them,” said Dave Graff, Institute faculty member and event coordinator.
Short-eared Owls are medium-sized owls with rounded heads. The “ears” mentioned in their name are difficult to see but darkened feathers around their yellow eyes creates a stunning visual contrast. The wings are broad, and the tips are smoothly rounded. The tail is short.
The owls are medium brown spotted with buff and white on the upper parts, and the face is pale with yellow eyes accentuated by black outlines. The breast is heavily streaked with brown; the chest and belly are pale or buff. They hunt during daylight, flying low over short vegetation. They flap with stiff beats of their rounded wings, giving their flight a buoyant, mothlike quality. Look for Short-eared Owls in grasslands and open areas, where they perch in low trees or on the ground.
Cost: FREE. This trip is limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required by January 17th. For more information or to register, email to: info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org
The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society, Debra Novotny

The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society, Debra Novotny

Thursday September 16th, 2021 * 7:00 PM
The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society will meet at the State Line Ruritan Building, 15481 Park Drive, located off Route 11 at the State Line, PA Community Park.
Guest speaker is Debra Novotny, a Licensed Battlefield Guide for 43 years and former American History teacher from Gettysburg, PA.
The program will be “Rally ‘Round the Flag: Stories About the Flags of Gettysburg.”
The flag was more than a piece of cloth or silk during a Civil War battle.
Come hear the many stories of courage and sacrifice involving Union and Confederate flags, and their bearers in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Public is invited, free. Visit www.middleburgmasondixon.org