Stern to Participate in 150th Anniversary of War Governors' Conference in Altoona Sept. 27-30
HARRISBURG – In an event recognizing the 150th anniversary of the War Governors’ Conference, a defining political event of the American Civil War, state Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) will be taking part in a weekend-long series of activities in the county.
“As a longtime student of American history, I am honored to have been asked to participate in the sesquicentennial of the War Governors’ Conference,” said Stern. “Significant moments in our state and national history, such as this, deserve to be remembered and recognized. The long list of activities scheduled over the four-day event is sure to offer something for everyone.”
The anniversary recognition event will take place Sept. 27-30 at the Penn State Altoona campus, the Baker Mansion Museum and DelGrosso’s Amusement Park. Activities will include free lectures, reenactments, displays, movies and the PA Civil War Roadshow.
The War Governors’ Conference took place Sept. 24-25, 1862, at the Logan House Hotel in Altoona, shortly after President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The meeting, which was spearheaded by Pennsylvania Gov. Andrew Curtin, was called to gather support for Lincoln in the name of emancipation and advocate for a new direction for the war and the nation.
“The War Governors’ Conference was a significant political event during the time and had a huge impact on the war effort,” said Stern. “I am looking forward to participating in the anniversary event and paying homage to what Governor Curtin accomplished in calling the northern governors together at that time. There are a lot of exciting and interesting activities planned at various locations in Blair County that are sure to both entertain and educate all those who attend.”
For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.BlairCivilWar.BlogSpot.com or call (814) 942-3916.
State Representative Jerry Stern
80th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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