Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA

December 20, 2018

The Arts Council’s Brown Bag Lunch Series, 3rdthursdaynoon, wraps up the year on Thursday, December 20, at noon at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg, with a reading by Susan Hill and Carolyn George of Gettysburg’s Elsie Singmaster Society. There is no admission charge for this hour-long program.

A Gettysburg resident from 1901-1958, Elsie Singmaster (1879-1958) was a nationally recognized author whose fictional topics included the Pennsylvania Germans and the Battle of Gettysburg.  She was called “Gettysburg’s First Lady” because of her achievements and leadership in the community. Singmaster won an O. Henry Award for her Pennsylvania German short story, “The Courier of the Czar” and a Newberry Award Honor Book recognition for her Gettysburg novel, Swords of Steel.  Local residents rediscovered Singmaster, whose significant literary work and public legacy were nearly forgotten, forming the Elsie Singmaster Society to raise awareness of her writings and community service.

Hill and George will read Singmaster’s “The Fiery Cross” originally published in Atlantic Monthly in 1926.  The main character is based on a real Gettysburg woman and on Gettysburg history. The story is still relevant in today’s society and culture.

Susan Hill is the author of Heart Language: Elsie Singmaster and Her Pennsylvania German Writings (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009).  Carolyn George is a long-time Adams County resident whose appreciation of her adopted home’s history is being greatly enriched by Elsie Singmaster’s writings.

The 3rdThursdaynoon series will take a winter hiatus with no programs in January or February and will resume in March.