2017-08-13 / Healthy Steps

Friday Night at the Museum to host World War I commemoration of the 314th Infantry


The Bradford County Historical Society will host a program titled, “314th Infantry – Gone But Not Forgotten,” scheduled for at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event, but donations are appreciated. To reserve a seat, participants are asked to register by calling (570) 265-2240 or by email at info@bradfordhistory.com.

Several World War I soldiers from Bradford County were a part of the 314th Infantry. In September 1917, the newly established 79th Division, composed primarily of draftees from Pennsylvania, was the first unit to arrive at Camp Meade. The 314th Regiment suffered heavy losses in their participation in the Meuse Argonne offensive — the deadliest battle of the war. The soldiers of the 314th built a strong brotherhood during WWI and continued to meet annually building a strong legacy that continues 100 years later.

This program will be presented by Nancy D. Schaff, president of the Descendants & Friends of the 314th Infantry, A.E.F. Schaff is also the granddaughter of CPL John Blazosky, 314th Infantry, Company L. She will be traveling from Maryland to present at this event. More information about her organization can be found at www.314th.org.

This program is part of the 2017 Friday Night at the Museum programming series that is held the third Friday of each month from May through October. Each event is held in the great room at the Bradford County Historical Society, located at 109 Pine St., Towanda, PA 18848. Refreshments are provided at each program, and the museum is open a half-hour prior to the event.

Other programs scheduled for this year are: Sept. 15 — Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream; Oct. 20 — McFadden: Bad Boy of the Republican Party.

The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information about the society and its programming schedule, museum or research center, visit www.bradfordhistory.com or check out the society Facebook page at facebook.com/BradfordCountyHistoricalSociety.

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