The Warren County Historical Society's annual meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the main courtroom of the Warren County Court House.
Immediately following the brief meeting, guests are invited to remain to enjoy a program by local author and military historian John Ferry. "Servants of the Wind," a novel about local soldiers and their experiences in the Civil War, was written by Ferry and is in production to be performed at Struthers Library Theatre by local talent. John Ferry served in the armed forces for 23 years before retiring in 1998 and enjoys Civil War and military history. He is an enthusiastic volunteer at the Warren County Historical Society and has frequently portrayed Colonel George A. Cobham, a local Civil War hero, at special events in the community.
According to John, "The person that I am was molded by my relationship with the people of Warren County and nurtured by the mountains and gentle hillsides where we have made our homes. Servants of the Wind is my gift, to the past, present, and future of my home county. I hope it honors those men and women who came before us. I hope it inspires those who will see it, and I hope it will serve as a guide to our future generations as they face the challenges of a new world." Scenes of this fascinating play will be depicted at this program.
A Confederate escapee from Elmira Prisoner of War Camp wanted for robbing coaches and stealing.
John Ferry, Author of
‘Servants of the Wind’
The year 2011 commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The Civil War began April 12, 1861. The Warren County Historical Society is proud to collaborate with Warren's thrilling Living History Weekend May 19 through 22. Servants of the Wind will be playing at the Struthers Library Theater all weekend. Several of downtown Warren parks will host encamped Civil War re-enactors and the historical society will feature live entertainment by Celtic Creek featuring pre-Civil War and war-era music. Special Civil War exhibits and living history re-enactors will be available to speak with. Ruth Barnes Shaw will demonstrate weaving and the society will also be the site of a field hospital.
Horse-drawn Trolley rides will be available, but leave your valuables at home if you want to ride this trolley! The man in the "Wanted" poster is a Confederate Soldier that has escaped from Elmira Prison and is sought after for stealing two coaches and a carriage and making off with gold, jewelry, and even the horses! He is suspected of being in the Warren area and he may have an accomplice. "The Great Trolley Robbery" is an exciting, new, themed horse-drawn trolley tour that will also regale passengers with era ghost stories and other tales on Saturday May 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tours will leave the society every half hour and tickets are $6 per person, first come, first serve. Trolley tickets are on sale now at the Warren County Historical Society.
Anticipate a short skit highlighting the society's upcoming Murder Mystery, Death Stalks the Historical Society. Written and directed by John Shaughnesy, the mystery will be held at the Conewango Club on Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Please join the Warren County Historical Society for the Annual Meeting to get a taste of the entertaining events being presented this spring. For more information on these or any historical society event, visit www.warrenhistory.org or call 723-1795.