The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will host a World War I ‘doughboy’ on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00am as the initial offering of its 2018 Lecture Series. The ‘doughboy’ will be portrayed by reenactor Mike Munford. Munford will focus on the life of a ‘doughboy’ with his authentic uniform and kit. During 2018, fourteen lectures at the Taber will focus in on the era of World War I as the 100th anniversary of the end of the war approaches. Traditionally, Armistice Day (now more commonly referred to as Veteran’s Day) is recognized on 11 November. In 1918. the armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, It took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Mike Munford, a history teacher at North Penn-Liberty Junior Senior High School, has a passion for American military history. He has reenacted both World Wars over the past thirty-five years. Munford is a member of The Great War Association that holds bi-annual reenactments in Newville, PA. These events recreate the setting and combat of the western front of World War One. The setting includes shell holes, trenches, bunkers, and barbed wire entanglements. He is also a member of the Company of Military Historians.
His goal in teaching, studying, and reenacting our history is to bring the knowledge and hands-on experience of history to his students. Another aspect of his passion is the preservation of past artifacts from the 20th Century conflicts, believing that future generations need to be able to see and understand our past. Munford also enjoys sitting down with veterans and getting their stories recorded for future military historians.
The Lecture Series combines Thursday morning Coffee Hours with Sunday afternoon Society Programs. The Lecture Series has received the support of the Edward J. Smith Post, Muncy; the Bower-Decker Post 251 American Legion, Montgomery; the Garrett Cochran American Legion Post in Williamsport; and Leroy O. Buck Post, Duboistown.