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Deer season starting on Saturday?/Reconstruction: Forgotten history/Living history/Bethesda Mission expanding?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 30, 2019 4:47 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, January 30, 2019:

The Pennsylvania Game Commission gave preliminary approval Tuesday to starting the firearm deer-hunting season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. If adopted, the move would break a long-standing tradition of starting deer season on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau joins us on Wednesday's Smart Talk to provide details.

The Reconstruction period after the Civil War is generally thought to be from 1865 to 1877.  It's a time that doesn't get much attention in the history books, yet it's a time when decisions were made that still are being felt today.  Many of those decisions didn't have a positive impact. 

On Wednesday's program, we're joined by Dr. Allen Guelzo, author of the new book Reconstruction: A Concise History.  Dr. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director, Civil War Era Studies Program at Gettysburg College.

Events at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) typically include living-history activities. These feature individuals dressed in period clothing, reenacting the lives of soldiers from different time periods in the Army's history.

Reenactment events allow visitors the opportunity to see how soldiers lived, and to gain an understanding of the complexity of military operations during the different wars.

On Saturday, February 9th from 10am to 4pm, the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center will host a free public event that will feature many living history organizations, along with hundreds of reenactors from all periods of U.S. Army and world military history.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the event is Karl Warner, an educator with the USAHEC.

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Karl Warner

Also, the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg recently launched the #iheartHBG campaign, a partnership with 14 local coffee shops. Their goal is to build greater community pride, bolster local business, and raise awareness for a new Community Center on Herr Street in Harrisburg.

Coffee shop patrons will receive a #iheartHBG cup sleeve when they purchase a cup of coffee at the participating businesses. 

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the initiative is Katie Andreano, Communications Manager, Bethesda Mission and Rick Hawtry, owner of Capital Joe, with locations in both Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg.

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Rick Hawtry and Katie Andreano

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