If you have lived in Sheridan for any length of time, you know there is a restored log cabin in Veterans Park which is the original home of Sheridan’s founding father, George Boxley. As a tribute to our founder and his efforts to free enslaved people in Virginia in the early 1800’s, the Sheridan Historical Society began the annual Boxley Lecture Series program in February 2007, working with its community partners: Sheridan Community School and the Sheridan Public Library.

Each year the Society brings a reenactor to Sheridan to portray a famous American character. In years past we have had reenactors of Frederick Douglas, Teddy Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Buffalo Bill Cody, Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Harrison and other such famous Americans. All have been well received by our community.

This year we are taking a different approach. The star of our program this year is Old Glory—the American Flag. Our presenter will be Duane Ott and he will tell our audience real stories and events associated with the actual creation of our first flag. People attending the program will learn more about the early American spirit, the story of our flag and its national anthem. His presentation will include replicas of 24 historical flags and their significance in our country’s history.

Mr. Ott’s public program will be held in the Joyce Cline Auditorium at the Sheridan Middle School on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 pm. The hour long program is free. If bad weather forces cancellation the program will be delayed to one week later on February 28th, same time and same location.
The Sheridan Historical Society, the Sheridan Community Schools and the Sheridan Public Library invite you to take time from your busy schedule to attend this interesting program as part of our salute to Sheridan’s founding father George Boxley. We hope to see you there!