The Great Commoner
Volume 12, No. 1  Spring 2010
The Thaddeus Stevens Society will meet on Saturday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at Dunlap's
Restaurant, 90 Buford Avenue, in Gettysburg, PA.
We will be electing officers for the next year and discussing plans for our 2012
observance of Stevens's 220th birthday and a proposal for a Thaddeus Stevens Institute.
 If you live in the Gettysburg area and need a ride to the meeting, please contact Ross
Hetrick at 717-334-5227 or
The annual graveside ceremony to mark Thaddeus Stevens's birth will be held on
Friday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery at Chestnut and
Mulberry Streets in Lancaster, PA.  
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The Thaddeus Stevens Society has donated $500 to the restoration of the cemetery
where Thaddeus Stevens is buried and plans to contribute more in the coming month.
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Thad will get an additional birthday party this year on Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m. at
the park offices of the Caledonia State Park near Chambersburg, PA.
 The event will include a talk about Thaddeus Stevens by Ross Hetrick and a walking
tour of the remains of Stevens's iron works by the park's naturalist, Wesley Foltz,
There will be a light lunch served along with birthday cake. The event is free to the
 If anyone in the Gettysburg area needs a ride to this event, please contact Ross
Hetrick  at 717-334-5227 or
The Thaddeus Stevens Society lost a great friend and supporter with the death of Hans
Trefousse in January.
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Stevens Quote:
"In Egypt, the lord sent frogs, locust, lice and finally demanded blood of the first born
of the oppressors . . . We have been oppressed by taxes and debts, and He has sent us
worse than lice, and has afflicted us with Andrew Johnson."