Podcast 62: History Speaks

In July of 1860, all of Danville was astir with news that a delegation from the Japanese Embassy, which was visiting the U.S. at the time, planned a trip to see the local community. It turned out to be one of the biggest hoaxes ever carried out in Pennsylvania history, thanks to a group of local men looking to have some fun.

Real Japanese Embassy delegation posing at the Naval Yard in Washington D.C. in 1860


Narrator and Producer: Terry Diener

Photo: Library of Congress 1860 Matthew Brady Photo

Info: Danville Intelligencer and Lynn Reichen MCHS

Music: Traditional Music of Japan, Classical Koto Music