The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

July 26, 2013

Village of Alvira, topic of library presentation

— LEWISBURG — Nestled in the White Deer Valley, the village of Alvira once resembled a Norman Rockwell-version of American rural life: a proud main street, tidy wood-framed houses, picket fences, schools, churches, blacksmiths, a general story and a close-knit, centuries-old community.

All of that ended abruptly in the spring of 1942, when the United States War Department seized and decimated this peaceful village and its surrounding farmland to build the Pennsylvania Ordnance Works — a massive wartime TNT plant covering 8,400 acres of previously private land in two counties.

What happened to the village of Alvira, its residents and the ordnance works itself are the topic of a riveting multimedia presentation slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg.

Local historians Stephen and Martha Huddy tell the story of Alvira and its residents through photographs, artifacts and personal stories shared through generations. Having been granted access to the remains of the village, the Huddys provide an interesting look at this relatively unknown piece of local history.

Reserve your seat for this one-of-a-kind look into our county’s history by calling (570) 523-1172 or by visiting the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg. Students in the Lewisburg Area School District participating in the One Book Every Sophomore program are encouraged to attend.


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