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Thaddeus Stevens Museum Opens in Gettysburg

The Thaddeus Stevens Museum, dedicated exclusively to Thaddeus Stevens, will open on April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 46 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA. This opening date coincides with Stevens’s 232nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of the Thaddeus Stevens Society’s founding. Gettysburg Mayor Rita Frealing, along with other local officials, will address the attendees, and Civil War period musician Tom Jolin will perform at the grand opening.

Thaddeus Stevens, a dominant figure in Congress during and after the Civil War, played a crucial role in the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. He is also credited as the father of the 14th Amendment, which mandates equal treatment under the law and extends the Bill of Rights to the states.

The museum will occupy an 815 square-foot area, showcasing a collection of Stevens-related artifacts, including letters, period newspapers, and stoves from his iron mills, along with various books and documents for research purposes. The museum is located opposite the former site of Stevens’s home at 51 Chambersburg Street, where he lived from 1816 to 1842. During his time in Gettysburg, Stevens was a prominent anti-slavery and pro-education state legislator and owned two iron mills. He relocated to Lancaster, PA, in 1842, where he continued his political career, significantly contributing to the abolition of slavery.

The Thaddeus Stevens Society boasts over 300 members nationwide and six internationally. In 2022, the society erected a statue of Stevens in front of the Adams County Courthouse on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg.


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