Since last year, the Greene County Historical Society has held a lecture series titled, “A Drop of History,” for people in and around the community. Since their first lecture in the series in April of last year, attendance has grown for the monthly events.
Their next lecture in the series is at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Greene County Historical Society Museum at 918 Rolling Meadows Rd., Waynesburg. The subject is the history of Pittsburgh and the role the city played during the Civil War, including defenses of the city and the Allegheny Arsenal, which was a supply and manufacturing center for the Union Army during the war.
Speaking at the event is Rich Condon, director of Civil War Pittsburgh. The group is “dedicated to sharing the stories and locations related to Western Pennsylvania’s role in the American Civil War,” according to the organization’s website. Condon also works as a park ranger for the National Park Service and is a Civil War reenactor.
Matthew Cumberledge, executive director of the Greene County Historical Society, said he believed Condon would be a great fit for this lecture, due to his background and active engagement with the subject.
“[Condon] is just extremely passionate about the Civil War,” Cumberledge said. “He’s extremely knowledgeable and just an interesting person to listen to speak.”
Condon is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public history, Cumberledge said.
Cumberledge said they began doing the lectures to engage members of the community in local history. When they first began the lectures, only around 15 people came, but since then attendance has risen to an average of around 40-50 people.
“We really weren’t, prior to this, doing anything that was engaging in an educational way on a consistent basis, so we thought this would be a simple, fun and entertaining way to bring in some free and interesting history to the people of the community,” Cumberledge said. “We want people to have a good opportunity to learn things about our area, our region and potentially their own heritage that they may not know otherwise.”
The event is free, but donations are accepted. Cumberledge said the best way to keep up with the historical society’s events is by following their Facebook page.