Graveside Ceremony on April 2 Followed
By Dinner At Kegel's And Plaque Awards
The annual graveside ceremony to mark Stevensâ€™s birth will be held on Friday,
April 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery at Chestnut and Mulberry in
After the ceremony, thee will be a dinner at Kegelâ€™s Seafood Restaurant at 551 W.
King Street. The dinner, which is sponsored by Jack and Helen Gorelick and the
Society, is open to all members and supporters of the Thaddeus Stevens Society.
At the dinner, four plaques will be presented to three people and an organization for
their part in the successful completion of the first phase of the restoration of Thaddeus
Stevensâ€™s house on South Queen Street in Lancaster, PA. Receiving the awards will
be Randolph Harris, Timothy A. Smedick, Gail Tomlinson and the Preservation Trust
of Lancaster County.
Harris is the former executive director of the Preservation Trust who began the fight to
save Stevensâ€™s house 2000 when it was threatened with demolish to make way for
the Lancaster Convention Center. Smedick is Harrisâ€™s successor at the Trust, who
helped formulated the long-term plans for the Stevensâ€™s house and created the
Stevens-Smith Historic Project. Tomlinson was the director of the Stevens-Smith
project and was instrumental in obtaining a $3 million state grant for the project. The
fourth plaque is to the Preservation Trust as a whole to acknowledge all the efforts of
the people who comprise its board, membership and donors, who have faithfully
supported the project.