SHINGLEHOUSE — The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library will host the Commonwealth Speaker and Living History Interpreter Steve Anderson’s presentation “Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War” Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm at the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library in Shinglehouse, PA. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The “Homegrown Heroes” program emphasizes that heroes don’t always wear uniforms. Actor-storyteller Steven Anderson shares remarkable true stories of the Civil War as experienced by civilians who found themselves in harm’s way. How did people just like you react when their neighborhood became a battleground? How did the ideas and concerns that matter to you play out in Gettysburg, along the Underground Railroad and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? You might even hear Civil War stories that are rooted right in your own backyard. This classic American storytelling is performed in 19th century garb and invites audience participation and the use of the imagination. Steve Anderson has been a Commonwealth Speaker for five years, in addition to serving as a storyteller and tour guide in Gettysburg. He has 20 years of experience as a stage actor, including leading and supporting roles in hundreds of stage plays.
This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. The National Endowment for the Humanities serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The mission of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library is to provide all residents access to library materials and information services that address the needs and expand the aspirations of the community for formal and lifetime learning, enrichment and pleasure.