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Pulaski County Historical Society (Indiana)

Silent Movie Classic

Join us at the Opera House at 7:00 on Friday, February 3, for the silent movie classic, The General. Bring a comfortable chair (if you choose), and settle in for an early twentieth century treat. Live theater organ accompaniment will be provided by Mark Noller from Manteno, IL.

The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the Civil War. The film is considered by some critics to be one of the top 100 greatest films ever made.

The film has local history. James J. Andrews, a civilian scout and part-time spy, proposed a daring raid aimed at destroying the Western and Atlantic Railroad link to Chattanooga, thereby isolating the city of Atlanta. He recruited a civilian named William Hunter Campbell and 22 Union soldiers from three Ohio regiments.

On April 12, 1862 the men boarded a north-bound train in Marietta, Georgia. At a stop a few miles north of town they uncoupled the passenger cars and took control of the locomotive called The General and three freight cars.

William J. Knight and one other soldier served as engineers running the locomotive. The train traveled over 100 miles with the men cutting telegraph wires and destroying track as they went. All the while they were being relentlessly pursued by the rightful crew of The General plus Confederate soldiers.

William J. Knight is listed in the Logansport, IN city directories from 1871 to 1883, living at 18th & Broadway.

2017 Annual Program

13 Presidential Libraries. 13 Presidential Life Stories.

Did you know there are 13 Presidential Libraries in the United States? We can learn much about these leaders – their childhoods and their life stories – when we visit them.

But wait! You don’t have to plan a trip to all 13 libraries! Steve Lee, a history teacher from North Judson, has made the 12,000-mile trek for you!

Come to the annual program to hear about Steve’s travels and what he learned as he visited each library.

Steve’s program is for youth and adults.  He will share interesting facts and insights. He will focus on the formative years and introduce you to each president as a child.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, Opera House, Winamac.

Doors open at 6:00 pm (EST) for desserts and coffee. A short annual meeting will take place at 6:30 and the program will start around 6:45.  All are welcome to attend. This program is provided at no charge.

Board Slate 2017

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