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Jefferson Educational Society: Life and Times of a Western PA Militia Muskets and its Erie Connections
Monday, March 9
Lincoln Community Room
The Jefferson Educational Society presents Life and Time of a Western PA Militia Musket and its Erie Connections with guest speaker David Hanes, B.S.
The lineage of what President Eisenhower termed the military-industrial complex can be traced to the mid-1790s when Congress authorized the development of our national armories and arms purchases from private contractors. With France and Britain continually at odds, and with our burgeoning two-party system likewise maligned, it became apparent that a continued dependency on foreign militia arms would be folly. The Melchor Baker musket is a product of that time, manufactured in Western Pennsylvania around 1799.
More than a decade later, this musket would finally be called into active service under Oliver Hazard Perry, who was fearful that a British infantry invasion would destroy his fleet before it ever put to sea. For protection he called upon Gen. Mead’s 16th Division of the Pennsylvania Militia. This is the story of a musket in the context of its history and importance.
– David Hanes, B.S.
Advanced registration is requested and seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. To register in advance, please visit www.JESErie.org, or call 814.459.8000.
- Monday, March 9, 2020 Show more dates
- 6:00pm - 7:30pm
- LIN Community Room
- Lincoln Branch Library
Lincoln Branch Library
Lincoln Community Center
1255 Manchester Rd.
Erie, PA 16505
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