Bedford County Historical Society will host Bedford County Day on Saturday, March 9, at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob.

The event will start at 2 p.m. at the historical society’s offices/museum, 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford.

The annual celebration will include a program titled, “Albert Gallatin and the Whiskey Rebellion” presented by Brian Reedy. “Albert Gallatin played a critical role in keeping the ‘rebellion’ under control. His moderate views and non-violent approach prevailed in a time of crisis,” the society said in a news release.

As a recent immigrant to western Pennsylvania, Gallatin quickly became a leading figure and target on both sides of the argument. “The program will explore this individual’s role in a test of federal power and who is, today, nearly forgotten.”

Reedy serves as the site manager of Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield. He has been a National Park Service employee for 34 years. He has worked at Valley Forge National Historic Park, Independence National Historic Park and other sites prior to returning to western Pennsylvania to work the area’s national parks. He is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts in history.

Patriotic music will be presented by the Everett Area High School’s Tribe, directed by Anita Krupa. Jamey Clark and Ellen Espenshade will sing folk songs, “The Blue Juniata,” a theme song for the Society from their early meetings. The Boy Scouts Troop 4077, Everett, will present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

This celebration commemorates the formation of Bedford County on March 9, 1771. A special flag was produced in 2008 to bring the county together and celebrate this important day. The society encourages all who own one to fly the flag on March 9. Three-by-five-foot flags are available at the society for $60 plus tax.

For more information, contact the Society at 623-2011 or bedfordhistory@embarqmail.com.

Contact Elizabeth Coyle at ecoyle@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 105.

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