230th Thaddeus Stevens birthday celebration and statue dedication


Below is the schedule for the three-day celebration that will take place April 1, 2 and 3 in Lancaster, Gettysburg and Caledonia State Park near Chambersburg, PA. All of the events are free, except the banquets, which are $50 per person. Because of limited seating, we ask that people register for the free seminars in Lancaster and Gettysburg. 


We are also offering a package deal for $600 per couple, which includes two nights in hotels, the banquets at Lancaster and Gettysburg and transportation to all the events. 


If you’d like to sign up for the banquets, package deal, or free seminars, please send an email to info@thaddeusstevenssociety.com  specifying what you are registering for and then use this button to pay for the banquets or package deal. 


You may also send a check to Thaddeus Stevens Society, PO Box 3484, Gettysburg, PA 17325-3484.


You will be sent a reply email acknowledging your registration. Please keep it as your receipt and ticket to events. 


Let us know if you want to attend, but can’t afford it. LancasterHistory is generously providing support so that these events are accessible to all. Thank you LancasterHistory.

We plan to present the seminars by Zoom. If you wish to receive an invitation, please email info@thaddeusstevenssociety.com

Friday, April 1  -- Lancaster, PA

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Tour of Stevens house at corner of Queen and Vine Streets. – Free

Noon to 2 p.m. -- Seminar at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA. – Free​, registration required. The seminar will feature Ross Hetrick, president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, talking about Stevens and the movies, and Bradley Hoch, author of Thaddeus Stevens in Gettysburg, the Making of an Abolitionist, who will talk about Stevens and the Buckshot War of 1838 where a mob seized  the state government.


4:30 p.m. -- Graveside ceremony at Shreiner-Concord Cemetery at Mulberry and Chestnut Streets. – Free

5:30 p.m. -- Banquet at Stevens College. – $50 per person

7:30 p.m. -- Public video showing at Stevens College. – Free


Saturday, April 2, 2022 -- Gettysburg, PA

10 a.m. to noon -- Seminar at Christ Evangelical Luthran Church, 30 Chambersburg Street. Free, registration required.  Speakers include Bruce Levine, author of the new Stevens biography and  Fergus Bordewich, author of Congress at War, which details Stevens role during the Civil War.  Levine and Bordewich will participate by Zoom. 

Noon to 2 p.m. --Free period. People can see Thaddeus Stevens artifacts at 27 E. Stevens Street or visit the Seminary Ridge Museum, 111 Seminary Ridge. Say you are attending the statue dedication for a 50 percent discount. Gettysburg Licensed Town Guides are also available to give 90-minute tours that include information on Lincoln, the civilian experience and Thaddeus Stevens. They can be contacted at wwwgbltgcom or 717-253-5737.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Dedication of Thaddeus Stevens Statue, 111 Baltimore Street. From 2 to 3 a Civil War reenactment group, the 46th Pennsylvania Brass Band, will play nineteenth century music, some written specifically to honor Stevens. Speeches and dedication start at 3 p.m. – Free

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- Banquet at Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street. – $50 per person


9 p.m. -- Free public showing of new documentary about statue and Thaddeus Stevens. Lot behind Transit Terminal at 103 Carlisle Street. – Free


Sunday, April 3, 2022 -- Caledonia State Park, at intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 233, near Chambersburg, PA in the main office conference room.

10 a.m. to noon -- Economist William A. Darity of Duke University, author of From Here to Equality, Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, will talk about Stevens and reparations. A. Kirsten Mullen, co-author of From Here to Equality and a folklorist and founder of Artefactual, an arts-consulting practice, will  also present "Finishing the job, Thaddeus Stevens and the true Radical Republicans started," examining the material basis for black Americans' full citizen rights which he and Sen. Charles Sumner and abolitionist Wendel Phiillips  recommended consistently from 1861 to 1866 -- Free, light lunch will be served


1 p.m. -- 3 p.m. -- Thaddeus Stevens Society business meeting and tour of park's blacksmith shop

Zoom presentations of seminars are planned. Register at info@thaddeusstevenssociety.com



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