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I Am…We Are Valiant: A Women’s History Celebration

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25th, as the Franklin County Visitors Bureau hosts the “I Am…We are Valiant” event, from 1 PM to 3 PM, at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg. This event is the perfect way to celebrate Women’s History Month and recognize the everyday courage of women.

The featured speaker for this event is none other than Carla Christopher, a renowned poet, author, pastor, and performer. She will inspire and motivate the audience with her message of love, hope, and inspiration, sharing stories of the everyday courage of women. The presentation will take place in the second floor Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for all attendees.

This event is an opportunity to honor and recognize the contributions of women throughout history, who often went unsung and unnoticed. As President Jimmy Carter recognized in 1980, women have been integral in shaping America’s history and its future. The Wall of Women exhibit in the lobby of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center features local, regional, national, and international women of inspiration, providing a visual tribute to their accomplishments.

Moreover, this event is open to the public and is a great opportunity for people to participate in the exhibit by identifying a valiant woman and sharing a photo and a few lines about why she is inspirational or has made a positive impact. By participating in this exhibit, attendees can become part of spotlighting Women’s History as American History and recognize the essential role that women play in society.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Women’s History Month and recognize the everyday courage of women. Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and be part of this inspiring event that will motivate and uplift you. Get your tickets now and mark your calendars for March 25th, 1 PM to 3 PM, at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg.


Samuel R Welsh 1945-2024

Samuel was an avid sportsman all his life and enjoyed both playing sports and watching them on the television. He enjoyed playing golf.

Betty Marie Miller 1937-2024

Betty worked for 36 years in the Alumni office of The Mercersburg Academy. She enjoyed travel, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.

M Marie Trostle 1919-2024

She enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking, babysitting and crocheting. She especially enjoyed quilting, where she made over 40 quilts and gave them to her family.

John Harvey Hoffman 1941-2024

John enjoyed target shooting, fishing and was known for telling great stories. He was also very proud of his family and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible.

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