The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society

The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society

Thursday February 17th, 2023 * 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 Ed Maliskas, an historian and musician from Hagerstown, MD.
Mr. Maliskas has a degree in history from the University of Illinois, performed in the rhythm and blues band “Eddie and the Sensations,” and authored two books: “John Brown to James Brown-The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied” and “The Family Tree of R&B.”
The program will be “America’s Second Most Important History Site.”
Three historical events took place at John Brown’s Farm (aka the Kennedy Farm) in southern Washington County, MD.
 It was the hideout for John Brown and his troops as they prepared for the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
The second and third uses of the property were its launchings of the Civil Rights movement and rhythm & blues as a beloved American music form.
The public is invited, free.
Visit www.middleburgmasondixon.org or call 301-739-0357.

 

John Brown Book Signing, The Old Jail in Chambersburg

John Brown Book Signing, The Old Jail in Chambersburg

Saturday July 16th, 2022 * 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Franklin County Historical Society will hold a book signing with John Brown in Chambersburg (3rd  Edition) author Virginia Stake at the Old Jail, 175 East King Street, Chambersburg.
The 3rd edition of the book features additional chapters with new information on the Ritner family.
Mary Ritner owned the boarding house where John Brown stayed in 1859 while planning his raid on Harper’s Ferry.
The book will be available for purchase for $23.00, tax included.
The Old Jail will also be open for tours from 10:00am – 4:00pm for a nominal fee.
Information can be found at franklinhistorical.org.

 

Living History: The U.S. Constitution in the words of Frederick Douglass

Living History: The U.S. Constitution in the words of Frederick Douglass

Saturday April 30th, 2022 * 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
FREE to attend!!
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The Franklin County Visitors Bureau welcomes the public to a special portrayal of Frederick Douglass at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center.
The event recalls the public talk Frederick Douglass gave in August 1859, just before meeting with John Brown to discuss Brown’s plans to raid the arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
Author and storyteller Nathan M. Richardson will portray Frederick Douglass and talk about the U.S. Constitution.
The presentation culminates the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s April celebration Spring into History and is presented at no charge
Living History Potrayal of John Brown & Frederick Douglass at 11/30 Visitors Bureau

Living History Potrayal of John Brown & Frederick Douglass at 11/30 Visitors Bureau

Saturday May 8th, 2021 * 1:00 PM
In-Person or via ZOOM
On May 8, the African American History Association of Western Maryland brings A Conversation between Frederick Douglass and John Brown to the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in downtown Chambersburg.
Chambersburg is an apt location because abolitionists Douglass and Brown met in Chambersburg on August 19-21, 1859 to discuss Brown’s plan to takeover of the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry.
Throughout the spring and summer of 1859, Brown and his raiders made the Mary Ritner Boarding House on King Street in Chambersburg their northern headquarters.
Today, the Ritner Boarding House sits in a working-class family neighborhood, just as it did in the summer of 1859.
The presentation is offered with limited in-person seating in the second-floor Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center and on Zoom.
Tickets to both are a $5 dollar donation. As an added bonus, the 11/30 Visitors Center is hosting Edna Lawrence’s An African American Women’s Quilt Exhibit.
Visit www.ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com for more great history resources and publications.
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