Mercersburg Historical Society Presents Hugh Mercer Symposium June 13 at Mercersburg Academy

Mercersburg Historical Society Presents Hugh Mercer Symposium June 13 at Mercersburg Academy

The Mercersburg Historical Society’ invites history lovers to The Hugh Mercer Symposium on Thursday June 13, 2019, in Kiel Hall of Mercersburg Academy.  Hugh Mercer, namesake of Mercersburg, is an early Scots-Irish settler of the Pennsylvania frontier, selecting land west of the Susquehanna River in the Conococheague Settlement as his home. Mercer, a member of the defeated Jacobite forces of Scotland, fled his home in 1747 for the safety of America. He became the first trained physician in the Conococheague Settlement. Mercer was a close friend and associate to George Washington, ultimately joining in the conflict during the Revolutionary War, where he died in at the Battle of Princeton. Mercer’s death in the battle is the subject of Revolutionary artist John Trumbull’s painting titled The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777.

Presentations planned for the synposium include:

  • Hugh Mercer and The Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland by Mr. Jeff Dacus
  • General Hugh Mercer in the Revolution by Mr. Michael Cecere
  • Hugh Mercer and Freemasonry by Brother Chandler, Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4

All speakers will participate in a panel discussion at the conclusion. The fee for the day-long conference is $40 per person and includes a luncheon. Register on Eventbrite. Contact the Frankin County Visitors Bureau for an invitation or mail payment and attendees to:

Mercersburg Historical Society
Attn: General Hugh Mercer Symposium
P.O. Box 115
Mercersburg, PA 17236

 

Mercersburg Community Chorus Performs Magnificats

Mercersburg Community Chorus Performs Magnificats

Experience the Mercersburg Community Chorus and Orchestra’s 2017 Christmas concerts at the Irvine Memorial Chapel of Mercersburg Academy Campus. Concerts are set for Saturday, December 2, at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday, December 3, at 3 PM. The chorus and orchestra, under the direction of Richard Rotz, will perform Magnficats by Schubert and Pergolesi as well as chorales and hymns by Lauridsen and Holst. Soloists include soprano Elisabeth Turchi, contralto Kathryn Honan-Carter, tenor Sammy Huh, and baritone Thaddeus Ennen.

The Mercersburg Community Chorus and Orchestra is a local treasure, bringing together regional and local residents who simply enjoy singing. Organized in 1975 for its first performance, performances of seasonal music are presented to the public free of charge prior to Easter and Christmas.

As lovely as the music is the setting of the Irvine Memorial Chapel. The chapel was designed by American architect Ralph Adams Cram, who was well-known for his design of collegiate and religious- related buildings. The spire of the chapel marks the highest area of the campus and is a local landmark, visible for miles in the distance, marking the bucolic southern Franklin County countryside. The spire is reminiscent of the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford, England.

Mercersburg Community Chorus is just one of many memorable holiday moments in Franklin County.