History presentation: Author Bob O’Connor (above) tonight shares details of the remarkable life of a slave and blacksmith-in-training at Beall Air, the Charles Town plantation of Lewis Washington, a descendant of the nation’s first president. O’Connor’s free talk on Catesby – the subject of two of his books – begins at 7 at Camp Hill United Methodist Church at 601 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. O’Connor recounts how Catesby was held at the engine house along with other Washington slaves during John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry and how, following the Civil War and his emancipation, he became the first black teacher at Storer College. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30.
Civil War talk: Civil War expert Frank Surdu presents a free talk Thursday on the uniforms worn during the conflict, including the problems that arose in providing them to troops. He’ll also talk about some of the unique and colorful uniforms provided to soldiers.
The talk begins at 7 p.m. at Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St. For details, call 304-725-2208 or go online to ctlibrary.org.
Harvest Moon Gala: Historic Shepherdstown will host a Harvest Moon Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Entler Hotel at 129 E. German St. in Shepherdstown. The gala, which will include hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, will raise funds for the conservation of Shepherdstown Museum artifacts and will support historic preservation and education activities. A ticket costs $40.
To reserve a spot, call 304-876-0910 or e-mail hsc@firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art show: See photographs, paintings, woodwork and other amazing art crafted by local artists at the Fire Hall Gallery
at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.
For times and other information about the gallery, call 304-724-2090.
Arts fest: Dozens of the region’s top-notch artists bring their best to the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, to be held next weekend at Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road in Shenandoah Junction.
The Sept. 27, 28 and 29 festival also brings artist demonstrations, live bluegrass, food vendors, a kids’ activities tent, wine tasting and more. The event goes on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults or $4 for children 6 to 17. Parking and entertainment are included. More information and a coupon for $1 off admission are available at jeffersoncountywvchamber.org/festival.
New exhibit: The art of Ed Klejnowski is on display at the public library in Summit Point through Oct. 31.
The exhibit is the South Jefferson Public Library’s 46th entry in its popular “Art in the Library” series. The show may be seen during the library’s regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The library at 49 Church St. is closed Fridays.
History museum: Visit the Jefferson County Museum on the ground floor of Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Admission costs $3 for adults while children, students and Charles Town Library patrons get in free.
For details, call 304-725-8628, go to jeffctywvmuseum.org or find “Jefferson County Museum” on Facebook.
Book Club: The Charles Town Library Book Club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, with new members always welcome. The club meets at the library at 200 E. Washington St.
To learn more, email email@example.com or call the library at 304-725-2208.