Local historian Bruce Huffman will present the program, “Williamsport, Government and the Struggle for Change,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.
The program will feature a historical perspective of Williamsport’s different forms of government and the Pennsylvania laws that created them presented by Huffman, a historical investigator and city resident. The program will give an independent and detailed overview of the fascinating, yet little understood, series of events stretching back more than 100 years, that allow voters to choose their local form of government.
This program comes at a most appropriate time. Presently, two separate voter-approved commissions are engaged in studying and recommending forms of government for the City of Williamsport. This direct civic involvement was not always afforded the citizens of Pennsylvania. It was a difficult struggle, spanning many decades, during which time several Williamsporters were involved in trying to change the state laws.
This program supports a PA Forward state initiative to provide social and civic literacy opportunities for learning and highlight the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.
The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.