Taber Museum to host ‘Gen. Pershing’

WILLIAMSPORT — David Shuey will appear as Gen. “Black Jack” Pershing at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society for a program Sunday at 2 p.m. in the community room

Pershing was a key figure in World War I. He was a senior United States Army officer. His most famous post was as the commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918. He is the only American to be promoted in his own lifetime to General of the Armies rank, the highest possible rank in the United States Army.

Reenactor Shuey remarks, “My approach to dramatic story-telling enables audiences to learn about history in a unique and entertaining way. My personal, first-person presentations provide interesting facts along with a message that are intended to be both informative and inspiring. I tell Pershing’s story in his voice with drama, humor, authenticity and reverence for his memory and the brave American veterans who served with him, who have gone before him and since.

“‘Pershing — Generally Speaking’ is my most passionate and thoroughly researched portrayal to date. We have a great opportunity to educate as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of our nation’s participation in ending the war and winning peace for the world.”

The program continues a series of lectures that focus on the era of World War I. As the program coincides with the third Sunday of the month, admission to the museum is free. The museum is now open Sundays from May through the end of October.

Future talks will feature an appearance by Abigail Geisinger speaking on Geisinger Hospital’s use as a World War I hospital, the River Valley Quintet performing the music of Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan, and a lecture on aviation during World War I by William E. Fischer, Jr., U.S. Air Force (retired).

The museum is at 858 W. Fourth St., and is open for touring Tuesdays through Fridays 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. There is ample parking behind the museum and along the street. For more information, contact the museum at 570-326-3326 or visit www.tabermuseum.org.

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