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For the publisher:

We send congratulations and applause for a stellar production of “Centennial spirits” preformed on the steps of the historic Mifflin County Courthouse by an ensemble of Stone Arch Players on the evening of September 28.

The production was written by William S. “Invoice” Peightel of Reedsville, member of the Stone Arch Players and the Mifflin County Historical Society. The coin marks the historic society’s 100th anniversary, briefly telling the story of the organization’s founding in 1921 and its guiding force, George Ritter Frysinger. “Centennial spirits” is a series of vignettes, comprising portraits of a young George Frysinger arriving in County Mifflin in 1846 with his family, to an older George who tells stories of notable events and people in County history. Mifflin.

Stories touched Dorcas Buchanan, the first European woman to settle here, with poignant tales of her life and times, surviving three husbands and colonizing the land that became Lewistown. An exchange of letters between Civil War Union officer AT Hilands to his wife Mary in Milroy, provides a glimpse into the life of a soldier on the battlefield. Ella Saxton, the first woman to vote in Mifflin County, made an appearance, as did sisters McCoy, Hannah and Margaretta, who bequeathed their family home to the historic society, eventually becoming the McCoy House Museum in 1972.

They are historical figures near and dear to the hearts of history buffs in Mifflin County. The actors have given voice and presence to our history through this unique piece, commemorating a century of preserving the past for the future. “Centennial spirits”reminds us that history is our history, it is also your history.

The Mifflin County Historical Society appreciates all the preparations and enthusiasm that have “Spirits of the centenary”. This is a hallmark of Stone Arch Players’ productions, both cast and crew.

We would like to thank Roger Herto, from the Mifflin County High School Media Department, who filmed the performance for future viewing. Watch for opportunities to see “Centennial spirits” online and elsewhere.

The Centennial Committee, on behalf of the Board of Directors and our members, sincerely thanks the cast, the SAP team and everyone who helped with the costumes and props.

Our thanks go to Bill Peightel for his skillful talent in creating and transforming the play into reality. To all those who helped make this evening a success, thank you all.

Distribution of centenary spirits

Older George Frysinger – Mike Cramer

Sarah Frysinger – Abby Cramer

Young William Frysinger – CJ Gandy

Young George Frysinger – Lucas Cramer

Narrator – George Ritter Frysinger Grew Up – Ted Long

Dorcas Arnstrong Holt Buchanan – Susan Boardman

Henry Holt – Katye Long

Arthur Buchanan – Jared Kehler

Abraham “TO” Hilands – Colton Fleming

Mary Hilands – Abby Fleming

Ella Saxton – Julie Long

Margaretta McCoy – Jean Ward

Hannah McCoy – Pat McKnight

Author – William Peightel

Director – Katye Long

Sound engineer – Émile Boulanger

Videographer – Roger Herto

Centenary Committee

Mifflin County Historical Society

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