The Great Commoner
Volume 21, No. 1 www.thaddeusstevenssociety.com Spring 2019
Thaddeus Stevens Society meeting on April 5
The Thaddeus Stevens Society will meet on Friday, April 5, in Lancaster, PA, during the dinner after the annual
graveside ceremony. The graveside ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. at Stevens grave in the Shreiner-Concord
Cemetery at the intersection of Chestnut and Mulberry Streets. Then at 6 p.m. the Stevens Day dinner will be held
in the Jones conference room of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology at 750 E. King Street in Lancaster.
The dinner is free to all Society members and their guests. If you plan to attend, please call 717-253-0099 or email
Thaddeus Stevens's Quote:
Thaddeus Stevens had little tolerance for sham piety. This was demonstrated when he had a conversation with a
near relative who was overly diligent in saying a blessing at every meal. "Morrill," Stevens said, "why don't you take
some rainy day in the fall, when you can't work, and bless all your gardens at once and save everyone from this
everlasting repetition." From Vermont Historical Society, 1905, page 53.
Book on Stevens and Buchanan to be released in June
A new book of essays about President James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens, entitled The Worlds of James
Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens, is due to be released in June by the Louisiana State University Press. Co-edited
by Michael Birkner of Gettysburg College, John W. Quist of Shippensburg University, and Randall Miller of St.
Joseph's University, the book explores place, personality, gender, and politics in the Civil War era. (For story, click
Thaddeus Stevens Society marks 20th anniversary
A lot has happened since the Thaddeus Stevens Society was formed 20 years ago. For a chronology of
important Stevens events, click here: Chronology.
Michael Charney of North Kingsville, OH, a
major donor for the Stevens statue, stands in
his home with a plaque and Stevens print for
being a Society lifetime member.
Michael Charney helps move
Stevens statue towards reality
Michael Charney, a retired teacher and teachers union
vice president in Ohio, has been a godsend for the effort to
erect a statue of Thaddeus Stevens in Gettysburg. He
pledged more than half of the $55,000 needed for the
statue, allowing the Society to move to the next phase of
finding a sculptor and statue location.
"Over thirty years ago I named my dog, Thaddeus
Stevens, Michael said about his devotion to Stevens. "As a
high school history teacher it was a perfect way to
communicate about the importance of connecting political
equality with the economic equality of 40 acres of land
ownership for the newly freed people," he said.
"Now thirty years later, I am happy to make a major
donation to fund the statue of Thaddeus Stevens so that we
can continue to seize the narrative of historical memory
from those who would diminish the power of Thaddeus
Stevens and other elected officials committed to racial
Society President Ross Hetrick shows a visitor to the National Constitution Center in
Philadelphia a Harpers Weekly copy of Stevens lying in state. The artifact was given to
the center for possible inclusion in an exhibit about how the Civil War and
Reconstruction changed the Constitution.
For photos of third annual Abolitionists Day, click here.
Stevens county Kansas gets print of its namesake
In his October swing through the Midwest, Stevens Society President Ross Hetrick visited Stevens county
Kansas and presented the county clerk with a print of Thaddeus Stevens. For article, click here: Stevens County