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March 12, 2013

Historical Society Dinner and Program

WEIKERT — The Union County Historical Society Annual Spring Dinner and Program will be held on April 11, starting at 6 p.m., at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club near Weikert.

The program, Changes to the Forest Landscape of the West End from 1754-2013, is a narrated visual presentation on the changes that have occurred in the forests of the West End of Union County over the last 250 years.

Presenter Tony Shively is a writer, historian, and publisher of the monthly newsletter The Millmont Times. A lifelong resident of Millmont and a graduate of Mifflinburg Area High School, Shively retired from Pennsylvania House and is currently working for the U.S. Postal Service in Millmont. Shively’s interest in local history, particularly the West End of Union County, was handed down to him by his grandfather, Jacob G. Shively. Shively is a past board member of the Union County Historical Society and currently serves on its publications committee. He wrote Heritage Vol. XVIII, The CCC Camps of Union County (1933-1942): Life and Work in the Civilian Conservation Corps.  

The program, Changes to the Forest Landscape, will touch on topics including the virgin forest that greeted early European settlers who migrated into this section of Pennsylvania; early lumbering practices, products made by coopers, charcoal making and bark peeling; the use of splash dams, log slides, and the arrival of “Yankee” lumbermen from Maine. Shively will examine changes affecting the forest with the arrival of large-scale lumber companies, and the legend of Pardee Engine 59. Hear about the purchase of large tracts of clear-cut forestland, R.B. Winter’s efforts at reforestation, the Civil Conservation Corps’ contribution to those efforts, as well as changes occurring in the forests today.

The program will follow a buffet with roast beef, baked chicken and fish, vegetables and salad, desserts, ice cream, and beverages. Cash bar. Pre-paid reservations are required at a cost of $16.50 per person. Reservations may be sent to the Union County Historical Society, 103 S. Second St.t, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Reservations are due by April 1.

This public program is the fourth in over 60 events being offered during Union County’s Bicentennial year. For more information go to the Union County Bicentennial Committee’s web site: or contact the Society at 524-8666 or


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