Friday, August 26, 2011

BCHS to host Internationally Acclaimed Poet, Craig Czury, September 21

Bradford County Historical Society presents internationally acclaimed poet Craig Czury reading his poems in the Great Room on Wednesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted. Participants are asked to register by calling 570-265-2240 or by email at The museum will open at 5:30 p.m. for those who wish to browse the exhibits prior to the program. This event is a supplement to the normal monthly program schedule.

A native of the Wilkes-Barre Back Mountain, and resident of Reading, where he is Berks County’s Poet Laureate, Craig has relocated to Springville to develop a regional writing project, COMMON GROUND: A Community Conversation about Natural Gas and Northeastern PA.

Author of 20 books of poetry, most notably GOD’S SHINY GLASS EYE, poems from the anthracite coal region, Craig has lived as a folklorist and cultural documentarian in old hotels throughout his home anthracite region, developing a poetry that was hard and dark like anthracite, masculine as rock drills and blasting caps, foreboding as sink holes and black lung. His pioneering work and the profound sense of place that emerges in all of his poetry and workshops gained international recognition. He was invited to be the keynote speaker at the National Summit of Mining Communities, held in Butte, Montana in 2009. His books have been translated into several languages, and he is the recipient of international awards for poetry. Later this year he will be presented the prestigious Honorary Member of Dit√ęt e Naimit award by the Albanians for his literary bridge building between U.S. and Albanian cultures.

A poet in education through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and various national and international arts foundations, Craig spent a year with AmeriCorps’ WritersCorps in Washington, D.C., conducting poetry workshops with inmate-patients at St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital, and creating environmental multi-voice poetry performances with urban elementary students to be presented at the Library of Congress. An Americans For The Arts artist exchange fellow, Craig developed a series of poetry performances, through the Derry Playhouse, uniting Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland for BBC Radio Foyle. He has created a community documentary with poetry throughout Berks County with his National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored Berks Poetry. His intergenerational Scranton Poem Opera staged the varied voices of one community, winning him the Key to the City of Scranton. He was also Poet-In-Residence at Towanda Elementary School.

This program is part of COMMON GROUND: A Community Conversation about Natural Gas and Northeastern PA, a partnership program of Keystone College, Countryside Conservancy, Edward L. Rose Conservancy, North Branch Land Trust, Cabot Oil and Gas, Craig Czury Poetry Project, and Summerhouse Grill.

For more information about Craig Czury, visit Additional information about the Bradford County Historical Society can be found at The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way.

BCHS Gettysburg Bus Trip, October 8

Join the Bradford County Historical Society on a bus trip to the famous Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The event, entitled, “Follow the Footsteps of History,” is a special observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 141st PA Volunteer Infantry’s involvement in the battle at Gettysburg.

Engage in a walking tour as we retrace the footsteps where the brave men of the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry marched into the gathering strife. See the still existent spherical cannon shot permanently lodged into the wall of an outbuilding on the Trostle farm. March to the brow of the hill where the "Peach Orchard" looms ever present even today. Realize its coveted importance to Confederate General Longstreet.

Peer through the haze of history while local historian, author, reenactor and Civil War lecturer, Kurt D. Lafy, lifts the veil of time and transports you back 148 years to the war torn day when the 141st stood alone against General Barksdale's Mississippians as they rushed forward in an attempt to overwhelm the Union forces.

Hear the personal stories of the Bradford County men who fought there on that momentous day.

The bus trip leaves the Bradford County Historical Society's parking lot at 6 a.m., October 8, 2011. A per person cost of $100.00 entitles you to a thrilling day of an on-the-bus continental breakfast, a visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park's famous Cyclorama, the visitor center's introductory movie, a self guided tour of the visitor center's museum, two hours of free time along Steinwehr Ave., "souvenir alley", where plenty of fine places to have lunch are within blocks of each other, a walking tour into the Peach Orchard with Kurt D. Lafy, dinner at General Picket's Buffet (actually located on a segment of the battlefield where General Pickett's men tried, and failed, to breach the Union's lines), and a showing of the movie, "Gettysburg" during our ride home to Bradford County. The price is all-inclusive except for lunch and any additional shopping you would like to do.

Each participant will receive a BCHS tote bag filled with goodies including a signed copy of Lafy’s book, “George – A Civil Warrior.” Membership in the Society is not required to attend the tour, however, all participants who are members will have the special opportunity to purchase a copy of the hardcover book, “Our Boys in Blue,” in the BCHS Gift Shop prior to boarding the bus for only $20, which is a 50% discount off the cover price. Originally a two volume set (now printed as one book) “Our Boys in Blue” details Bradford County’s involvement in the Civil War and includes personal stories and lists of soldiers from the county. Non-members may purchase the book at full price, but by becoming a member that morning, they can also receive the discount. Only participants in the bus trip will be entitled to this special price.

Pre-registration and payment is required by September 30th by visiting the Bradford County Historical Society website at, clicking on Ticket Office and using a credit card. Checks may also be mailed to the Bradford County Historical Society at 109 Pine Street, Towanda, PA 18848. Be sure to include the names of the people who will attend. For questions or further information call 570-265-2240 or email

Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way.