Tuesday, July 19, 2011

“A Re-enactor's View of the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition “ At SRAC August 2nd

Tioga County historian Tom McEnteer will present “A Re-enactor's View of the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition” at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:30 – 7:30pm. For the past century, reenactors have helped us to not only understand but experience many of the important battles that formed our nation and even our region. In the 1970's, when the nation was celebrating the American Bicentennial, many communities in Pennsylvania and New York held events centered around the war against British and Indian attacks on the Colonial frontier using reenactors. Some of the better known events included the Battle of Wyoming and the Cherry Valley Massacre, but the most significant military move of the Revolutionary War occurred when George Washington sent General Clinton and Sullivan through our region in 1779 in what is now referred to as the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition. Don’t miss your chance to experience this educational yet lively program that follows the re-enactments of these events, recording history as it was relived and recorded by re-enactor Tom McEnteer of Owego and his wife.

Tom McEnteer has been more than just interested in history, he has gotten involved. He has been an active volunteer or trustee of the Tioga County Historical Society for about forty years. During the American Revolutionary War Bicentennial years, he and his wife Sally were active participants in The Brigade of the American Revolution, the nation's largest and most authentic Revolutionary War re-enactment organization. Tom served on the Board of Directors for the group for a number of years. While in that capacity he worked with Bicentennial Committees in several New York and Pennsylvania communities, including Tioga and Chemung Counties where he helped plan events commemorating the anniversaries of the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition, highlighted by the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Newtown. Tom and his wife participated in almost every event honoring the American Revolution from 1974 through 1987, especially the events leading up to and involving the Sullivan-Clinton march

An admission donation of $6 for adults, $4 for SRAC members and students is requested. Free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall is included in this donation. For more information, visit www.SRACenter.org , email info@SRAcenter.org, or call the Center at 607-565-7960.

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