Author Jim Oglethorpe to Present: The Golden Years; Working the Connellsville Seam

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Jim OglethorpeJim Oglethorpe, a native of Connellsville and author of Leisenring No. 1 will present The Golden Years; Working the Connellsville Seam at West Overton Village & Museums on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

Oglethorpe, a 1972 graduate of Penn State University, is a descendent of miners and cokers.

After living in Columbia, Maryland for 33 years, Oglethorpe and his wife Jean moved to Fort Myers, Florida in 2007. Two years later he began writing, initially blogging about politics.

Leisenring No. 1 is Oglethrope first book. Set in 1900, the story takes you back to a time when coal and steel barons lived like kings. Men like H.C. Frick and Andrew Carnegie amassed great fortunes off the backs of powerless immigrant workers. Stuck in company towns like Leisenring, their lives were hard and dangerous.


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Gettysburg Day Trip – June 18

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On Wednesday, June 18, West Overton Village & Museums is sponsoring a day trip to Gettysburg.

The day begins at West Overton 6:30 a.m. and the bus departs at 6:45 a.m. The bus is scheduled to arrive in Gettysburg at 9:30 a.m.  Plans for the day include:

10:15 a.m. Battle Orientation – Our experience will start with “Fields of Freedom” – a 30-minute film that takes you back to the sound and fury of this historic 1863 battle on America’s largest digital movie screens.  At the Gettysburg Diorama, you will see the entire battlefield in 3-D miniature as you hear the story of the three-day battle and how it progressed. Over 20,000 hand-painted miniatures bring the Battle of Gettysburg alive with a sound and light show describing the battle...

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Sports Talk with D. Byron Yake

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D. Byron YakeOn Sun., March 2, 2-4 p.m., West Overton Village & Museums presents: “Sports and World News.” It is the third and final Parlor Talk in their 2013-2014 series.

D. Byron Yake will give an autobiographical talk related to his career as a senior executive with the Associated Press (AP). A 1957 graduate of Scottdale High School, he got his start in journalism as editor of the Mt. Pleasant Journal. From here, he took over the AP Sports desk in Pittsburgh before moving to New York where he was a senior executive at the Associated Press. Yake is Executive Director of Write on Sports, Inc., a program designed to inspire students to write about sports. Yake founded the program for students in 2005 to provide a set of skills that can be applied to academic areas beyond sports writing.

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Parlor Talk: The Whiskey Rebellion and Making Whiskey Today

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On Sun., Jan. 19, 2-4 p.m., West Overton Village & Museums presents: “The Whiskey Rebellion and Making Whiskey Today.” It is their second Parlor Talk in their 2013-2014 series.

Presenting the Parlor Talk is Mark Meyer. After more than 35 years as an attorney, Meyer decided to retire into making whiskey. Always identifying with underdogs, Meyer empathizes with the naïve confidence of the Pittsburgh whiskey namesake, Wigle, who stood up for his right to keep on making whiskey during the Whiskey Rebellion. In 1794 Phillip Wigle was sentenced to hang for defending his right to distill. His tussle with a tax collector unwittingly sparked a rebellion, which pitted Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington’s troops...

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West Overton Village & Museums to Host Homestead Holiday

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1422597_10152013602913416_592365870_nOn Sat., Dec. 14, come and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at the West Overton Village & Museums. From 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., travel back in time to a Victorian Christmas and explore the history of Christmas celebrations and décor.

There will be tours, live Christmas music, and hot drinks and homemade treats.

“Homestead Holiday will be a wonderful way to enjoy this holiday season with your friends and family. If you never visited West Overton, you are in for a great treat.  If you have visited us, this is a delightful opportunity to see West Overton decorated for the holiday season. We look forward to welcoming you,” said Jessica Kadie-Barclay, managing director of West Overton Village & Museums.

Bring your Christmas list, the gift shop is offering a 20% discount on all purchases.

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