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Local Civil War Storytelling

PHOTO CAPTION: John Shindledecker will tell local Civil War stories during a Waynesboro Historical Society program on February 15 at Quincy Village.

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Local Civil War Storytelling

Local storyteller and actor John Shindledecker will tell Civil War stories with a local flavor on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Hess Community Room at Minnich Manor, Quincy Village in Quincy, PA. The program, sponsored by the Waynesboro Historical Society, begins at 7pm and is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Born in Tomstown and raised in the Waynesboro area, Shindledecker said he became interested in the Civil War as a child. His father was from Adams County and grew up in an era when artifacts could still easily be found in the Gettysburg area, Shindledecker said. The father's interest was passed down to his son. Shindledecker also gave his mother credit for his love of storytelling. "She was actually quite a raconteur," he said.
Shindledecker's storytelling career took off in 1995 when he told tales on a terrace at the Greystone Entertainment bookstore in Gettysburg. He also appeared in some episodes of "Civil War Journal," a television show done by Greystone. The company has also produced shows for the History Channel and others.
Shindledecker's talent as a performer has led to parts in movies. He estimates he's been in 25-30 films, including small parts in four Civil War-era movies, Gettysburg, Andersonville, Gods and Generals and South Mountain Magic, which was set at the South Mountain Inn near Boonsboro, MD. "I'm just getting ready to start a role in a movie about President John Adams," he said.
Though he often plays a soldier in his movie roles, Shindledecker said he will probably come dressed as a Civil War-era civilian for the February program at Quincy. He'll bring along a display of Civil War uniforms and other artifacts, including scripts from the movies Gone With the Wind and Gettysburg.

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