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September 3, 2013

September 24 at 7:30 p.m.: Union County Bicentennial Program on the Division of Union County

— MIDDLEBURG — In 1855, Snyder County was drawn from Union County. This division is the subject of a talk by Dr. Donald Housley, Professor Emeritus at Susquehanna University and President of the Snyder County Historical Society: “The Origins of Snyder County in the Political Culture of the 1850s.”  

In the 1850s, political life revolved around the Whig and Democratic parties, local newspapers voicing party opinions and direct action measures which caused residents to participate in the political events of the day. Each of these influenced the vote for division of old Union County that took place in 1855. By that time, many in the Susquehanna River Valley saw Union County as having a “southern” and a “northern” district which drew the boundaries of the new counties and encouraged their creation. Penns Creek in large part created the area where Union County was split.

Dr. Housley’s talk will be given on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Snyder County Historical Society at 30 E. Market St., Middleburg. The program is free and open to the public. The Society building is handicapped accessible. For more information call (570) 837-6191.

Other Bicentennial events taking place through November can be viewed at

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