Celebrate Women’s History 2020 with “Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are”

Celebrate Women’s History 2020 with “Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are”

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau welcomes all to “Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are” on Saturday, March 21 at 1 PM in the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in Chambersburg PA. The 2020 Women’s History Month remembers Valiant Women of the Vote. “Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are” is presented to inspire valiant women. Guest presenter-performer is Carla Christopher-Waid, 4th Poet Laureate of York PA, author, artist, and community advocate. Christopher-Waid is a moving performer and a passionate educator, who empowers her audiences with new perspectives.

In addition to the presentation-performance by Christopher-Waid, the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center features the Beauty of Diversity exhibit, showcasing the many faces of Franklin County PA. Fueled by regional photographer Phillip Michael Whitley, the exhibit is on display as part of the 11/30 Visitors Center’s African American and women’s history activities. These many faces make one community.

“Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are” is offered at no charge. All participants will receive take-aways and a chance to win a publication related to women’s history, including Know Your Value, Narrative of Sojourner Truth, and The Seneca Falls Convention.

The public is encouraged to register here on Eventbrite to secure a seat at the event.

11/30 Visitors Center Hosts Beauty of Diversity Exhibit

11/30 Visitors Center Hosts Beauty of Diversity Exhibit

Recognizing African American and Women’s History Month in February and March, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is hosting the Beauty of Diversity Exhibit in the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, located on the southwest quadrant of Memorial Square. As America moves to fulfilling its description of a melting pot of people, FCVB is showcasing the faces of residents that make up the community of Franklin County. Fueled by regional artist-photographer Phillip Michael Whitley, the exhibit offers nearly three dozen faces that highlight the evolving culture of Franklin County PA. The words of Mahatma Gandhi bring together the spirit of the exhibit: “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

Whitely is an apt partner for the “Beauty of Diversity” exhibit, using his camera to make the world a more beautiful place one camera snap at a time. Whitely is also fueling a local exhibit at the Coyle Free Library, entitled “Franklin County’s Female Firsts” to celebrate Women’s History Month 2020. Partnering with local genealogist Pam Anderson, the exhibit offers a sampling of “first females” in Franklin County. It is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Library System and Go Girls Go—an initiative of Healthy Community Partnership. Whitley’s additional community exhibits include “Black Girl Magic” and a celebration of individual’s with Down’s Syndrome.

The Beauty of Diversity is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, and will be highlighted at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s 2020 Women’s History event, “Women’s Voices: “I Am…We Are” on Saturday, March 21, at 1 PM.

The Institute at Renfrew is a non-profit organization serving the region with outdoor programming in environmental education, interpretation of a historic Pennsylvania German farmstead and a wide variety of family events. Activities are conducted on the site of Renfrew Museum and Park.(Please note that The Institute at Renfrew operates independently from Renfrew Museum and Park.)

The mission of the Institute at Renfrew is to guide the people of the Cumberland Valley region to become stewards of their natural and cultural worlds. To achieve its mission, the Institute:
• provides environmental and cultural education to elementary and secondary school children,
• supports and conducts research about natural and cultural history,
• provides opportunities for adults to learn about the nature and culture of the region and the world,
• presents programs that inform and entertain the community.

Dual Position Summary
The person hired for this position will fulfill two roles:
1.) The Director of the Pennsylvania German Four-Square Garden is a dynamic and energetic individual who maintains the garden year-round. The director also teaches garden programs for school children during the spring and fall. Public outreach and conducting garden programs for all ages are included in this position. Availability: Garden duties are year-round with fewer hours in the winter months. School programs are taught in spring and fall.
2.) The Historical & Environmental Studies Educator is a dynamic and energetic individual, with proven experience leading programs for school children. The educator will be responsible for the delivery of environmental and cultural history programs, pre-K through middle school.  Availability: Educators are expected to teach 3–5 days/week during the fall and spring teaching seasons (mid-August through mid-November and mid-March through early June), and to attend training sessions and regular staff meetings.

More details of the position are available here.

African American History Is American History

African American History Is American History

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is hosting its annual African American History Is American History presentation on Saturday, February 22, at the 11/30 Visitors Center. The event begins at 1 PM in the second-level Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center. The 2020 installment of African American History Is American History focuses on Underground Railroad to USCT (United States Colored Troops).

Franklin County’s location on the Mason Dixon Line attracted many freedom seekers from 1830 to 1860. It was during this time that the anti-slavery movement gained momentum and became known as the Underground Railroad. In addition to being just over the Maryland-Pennsylvania line, Franklin County is situated in the central area of the Great Appalachian Valley and offered the protection of forests and caves. It was a key passageway on the Road to Freedom. Franklin County, also, offered opportunities in farming and labor for freedom seekers to have a livelihood.

Out of location, landscape, and livelihood, a sizeable African American population rooted in Franklin County. The Mercersburg area African American population was the largest. The Kerrstown area of Chambersburg was another sizeable population as well as areas adjoining the Caledonia Ironworks of Thaddeus Stevens.

By July 1862, the U.S. Congress passed the confiscation Act and Militia Act, emancipating slaves of the Confederacy in Union-controlled territory and allowing persons of African descent to participate in the military and Navy. Franklin County African American population answered the call and joined the USCT. Today, the county’s and the country’s USCT are interred in three local cemeteries—Mount Vernon, Zion Union, and Locust Grove. The presentation will conclude with an optional visit to the graves of USCT at Mount Vernon Cemetery.

Complimenting Saturday’s presentation is the “Beauty of Diversity” exhibit, displayed in the 11/30 Visitors Center lobby and presented in conjunction with regional photographer Phillip Whitely. African American History Is American History is a free event. Register here.

Check Out Events at B Street 104

Check Out Events at B Street 104

Join us at B Street 104…..a quiet dinner for two, meet up with friends at the bar or just a drink after a long day at work…….Suit and tie not required!!!


Every Tuesday Night……..Burger and Brew Night

Every Wednesday Night…….Prime Rib Night

Every Thursday……Trivia starting at 7pm in our Lounge

Friday February 14 ……Live Music – Sean and Sean, 7 – 10 pm

Saturday February 15…..Live Music – Prophets of the Abstract Truth, 7 – 10 pm

Friday February 21……Live Music – Twisted Bluez, 7 -10 pm

Saturday February 22…..Live Music – Rich Fehle, 7 – 10 pm

Wednesday February 26  BET

Friday March 6…….Live Music – Missing Years, 7 – 10 pm

Saturday March 7……..Live Music – Joe Blues, 7 – 10 pm

Sunday May 10...MOTHERS DAY

Tickets available on eventbrite.com

Tickets available on eventbrite.com