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Shippensburg Historical Society begins Fall Dinner Series; reservations required

12 November 2012 No Comment

Gettysburg’s Most Famous Address: The David Wills House
SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg Historical Society will present, “Gettysburg’s Most Famous Address: The David Wills House,” by historian, Dr. Walter L. Powell of Gettysburg, on Nov. 15 at Premiere Events. See end of post for time information.

The program, based on a book to be released by Ten Roads Publishing in Gettysburg in December, will examine the role of Gettysburg resident David Wills in the establishment of the National Cemetery, and the events surrounding President Abraham Lincoln’s visit there on November 18-19, 1863. Dr. Powell will also explore the various attempts since World War I to establish a Lincoln Museum at the house, with a special focus on the efforts of the late Shippensburg historian, and businessman, Henry E. Luhrs. The Wills House Museum, operated by the National Park Service, opened in February 2009.

Dr. Powell has a unique perspective on the development of the Wills House, having served as the Borough of Gettysburg’s Director of Planning and Historic Preservation from 1990-2007, where, among his many accomplishments, he directed the restoration of the Gettysburg Railroad Station built 1858) where President Abraham Lincoln arrived and departed from Gettysburg on November 18-19th, 1863, and served as the Borough’s principal liaison (and project historian) on the National Park Service Project Team that developed the restoration and exhibit plan for the David Wills House. He was the project’s sole contact with descendants of the Wills family, facilitating the donation or loan of dozen of items to the museum, including the original bed and other furniture in the room where President Abraham Lincoln spent the night of November 18th, and where he completed the final draft of the Gettysburg Address.

Dr. Powell holds an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, and has lectured, and written widely on the Civil War. He has served as an Adjunct Instructor in the Graduate Program in Applied History at Shippensburg University, and in the Historic Preservation Program at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he serves as an advisor to the Georg Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. He has been a past president of both the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Premiere Events
429 East Orange Street, Shippensburg, Pa.
Tickets: $14 each person

5 p.m. Social Hour
Pumpkin Fluff w/Gingersnaps
Apple Cider & Coffee

6 p.m. Dinner
Hearty Vegetable Soup, Ham w/Pineapple Glaze, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans Almandine.
Shoe-fly Cake w/ Cool Whip

Please reserve ___dinner(s) at $14 per person at the November 15, 2012 Dinner Meeting at Premier Events, 429 E. Orange St., Shippensburg, PA Make check payable to: SHS, P.O. Box 539, Shippensburg, Pa 17257 Call the society at 717-532-6727 Email: shiphist@pa.net

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