The Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society is more than pleased to announce that Perry County’s own, Joseph Snider, will speak on the topic From the Shenandoah to the Ohio: the Trans-Appalachian Journey of Randolph Mitchell as part of the Phil Sheridan Lecture Series. The lecture will commence at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, January 30, at the Perry County District Library, Somerset Annex. This lecture is provided free of charge for all who wish to attend.

Although the focus of Mr. Snider’s talk will primarily concentrate on the experience of famed New Reading, Perry County pioneer, Randolph Mitchell (1796 -1847), and his personal experiences as an early 19th century migrant to the Northwest Territory, many of the same realities and hardships were experienced by the countless other brave individuals who courageously traversed through an unknown wilderness in an effort to make Ohio their home.

Joseph E.B. Snider is an archaeologist and researcher at the Randolph Mitchell House Rediscovery Project. Mr. Snider grew up in Somerset, Ohio, graduated with an AAS in archaeology from Hocking College in 2013, and is currently pursuing a BS in the same field at the Ohio State University. For over five years, he has worked in the field for a variety of CRM firms, historical societies, including the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society, and house museums. Most recently, as an archaeological field assistant for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s Archaeology Department at Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The previously scheduled lecture, Appalachian History and Culture, by Peggy Calestro and Julia Calestro McDonald, was canceled. For additional information, please contact John and Judy McGaughey at 740-987-4862 or via e-mail at


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