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'First Navy Seal' program scheduled

SPRINGVILLE—Pomfret Town Historian Todd Langworthy will present a program entitled “William Barker Cushing — America’s First Navy Seal?” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at the Lucy Bensley Center.

Cushing grew up in Fredonia and attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., prior to the Civil War. Cushing's exploits became legendary during the war, making him a media darling as well as a somewhat controversial figure. Langworthy's presentation will discuss the life of a fascinating young man, who was the subject of a recent History Channel documentary, “The Most Daring Mission of the Civil War.”

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Langworthy has been the Town of Pomfret historian since 2005, as well as a Social Studies teacher at Forestville Central School since 1999. He has been recognized as an expert in the topic of the Cushing brothers, having been quoted in many publications nationwide regarding the four brothers from Fredonia who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Langworthy was recognized locally last year for his volunteer work by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce.

The public is invited to the presentation, which is hosted by the Western New York Civil War Society in conjunction with Echoes Through Time and the Lucy Bensley Center. Presentations are held on the last Wednesday of each month.

The Lucy Bensley Center is located at 23 N. Buffalo St. Donations will be accepted for American Battlefield Trust. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Tom Place, curator at Echoes Through Time, at 957-2740 or the Lucy Bensley Center at 592-0094.

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