Middle Smithfield Township, PA, September 21, 2014; Middle Smithfield Township and the Middle Smithfield Township Historical Commission have teamed up to present the annual Memory Makers Luncheon, this year at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. The event will take place on September 27, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
Long time Middle Smithfield residents are invited to a FREE luncheon, where they can bring their old photos, documents, school yearbooks, or maps to reminisce about their history in Middle Smithfield. Staff will be on hand to scan any documents to preserve as part of the Township’s history. Residents who have lived in the township for thirty years or more, or who are at least sixty years old and have lived in Middle Smithfield Township for twenty years or more, are invited; any residents who believe they are eligible should RSVP with the Township at 570-223-8920, extension 132.
This year’s Memory Makers coincides with the 200th anniversaryof Middle Smithfield’s own historic Middle Smithfield Evangelical Presbyterian Church, on the list of National Register of Historic Places since 1987. A small group of faithful followers began meeting in John Coolbaugh’s barn in 1814. Some familiar names listed in the first church minutes include John Turn, Elsy Gunsaules, Martha Place, John Fish, John Eilenberger, Jacob Shoemaker and John Coolbaugh. We are pleased to have Pam Tabery of Middle Smithfield Evangelical Presbyterian Church present this fascinating history of our township!
Last year’s Memory Makers presentation coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. We honored 6 Middle Smithfield men who fought t the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg and have descendants in Middle Smithfield. (Transue, Smith, Pipher, Peters, Schoonover and LaBar). Also featured were the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company G reenactment group, and presentations by Gary Summers, Jim Werkheiser, Dr. Finch and Steven Kulick, and Nancy Shukaitus, author and former Monroe County Commissioner.
Who better to reminisce about Middle Smithfield Township’s history, and in doing so, help us preserve it? With a timely presentation about the Middle Smithfield Evangelical Presbyterian Church on its 200th anniversary, this year’s event promises to be interactive and fun!
About the Middle Smithfield Township Historical Commission
The Historical Commission is comprised of historical educators, local residents and committed volunteers that aim to foster and promote public knowledge and interest in Township history. The purpose of this commission is not simply to provide fun and informative events, and not only to preserve the history of our township, but to locate, name, and preserve significant historic sites within Middle Smithfield. Those interested in joining should call 570-223-8920 or email MiddleSmithfieldTownship@gmail.com.
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