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Pulitzer winner to help historical society celebrate

April 15, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Historical Society will celebrate its 18th anniversary on April 21. And it has a Pulitzer Prize winner coming for dinner.

Town Historian Charlie Slick said the annual historical society dinner meeting will be held at 5:30 on April 21 in the Community Room at Town Hall. Slick said the meeting will be followed by a business meeting that will include voting to fill three vacancies on the board of directors.

The terms of Preston Law, Richard Masters and Julia Hayes are up for renewal, Slick said. Nominations will be accepted from the floor prior to the vote, he said.

Slick said the guest speaker for the event will be journalist William Ecenbarger, who has worked as a staff writer for Reader's Digest and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980.

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Ecenbarger, a Lancaster, Pa., resident, spent two years walking the Mason-Dixon Line, which he chronicled in the book, "Walkin' the Line." The book is described as a history-travelogue that explores history, geography and race.

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