Roosevelt to visit on Friday at Battlefield
Roosevelt to visit on Friday at Battlefield
Governors from Many States Will Be Guests of Antietam Group
Arrangements are being made to have a limited number of Hagerstown business people and citizens to participate in the Sister State's Dinner to be held at Hotel Alexander on Thursday evening, Sept. 16, at 6:30 o'clock, when the Governors from many states will be honor guests at Hagerstown to see the pageant and to attend events at Sharpsburg on Sept. 17.
The committee announced yesterday the dinner would be strictly informal. The maximum number which can be accommodated is 250. The committee is setting aside 100 places for Governors, veterans and others while they have placed on sale 150 seats for the dinner to be used for public participation.
Governor Harry W. Nice of Maryland will be the host to the visiting Governors on Thursday. Most of the Governors intend to remain at Hagerstown over night. On the eventful Sept. 17, 75th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam and the grand climax to the two-week's celebration in Washington county, the Governors will serve as the official escort to President Franklin D. Roosevelt who will motor from Washington with the presidential party. The Governors will probably meet him somewhere on the highway. It is possible the President may come through Hagerstown before going on to Sharpsburg where in the afternoon he is scheduled to appear before the throngs and may deliver a short address.
A personal invitation for the Governors will be extended on Wednesday of this week by Governor Nice, J. Vincent Jamison and Park W. T. Loy. Mr. Jamison and Mr. Loy will fly to Atlantic City where today the convention of Governors will open. Final arrangements for the Governors' participation will be made on Wednesday.
Ball Called Off
It was announced yesterday that the ball scheduled for the State Armory on Thursday evening for the visiting Governors had been cancelled. Other forms of entertainment for the guests will be provided.
Attendance records were broken yesterday at the National Antietam Commemoration exposition in Hagerstown. From early afternoon until late at night, the grounds were thronged with countless thousands of people from practically every state in the Union. Never before in history, according to well informed observers, have so many persons crowded the Fairgrounds in a single day.
The union church service held in the amphitheatre last night broke all records for attendance at an open air religious service. A solid mass of humanity gathered in front of the stage and heard the services carried over loudspeakers.
Two capacity audiences witnessed the great spectacular pageant "On Wings of Time", presented once in the afternoon and once at night. Visitors who came here from all parts of the country acclaimed the production as the most wonderful and elaborate they had ever witnessed.
Program At Antietam
The hill occupied by the National Antietam cemetery which 75 years ago echoed with the roar of artillery and groans of the dying presented quite a different appearance yesterday afternoon when mantled in the green of peaceful years and bathed in the glow of the descending autumn sun, the Cumberland Valley Choristers and the vested choirs of many of the county churches wended their quiet way through this hallowed ground with their crosses, candles and flags - with music by the First Infantry Band.
National Anthem Day
The eyes of all Maryland today fall upon "Baltimore City Day" of the commemoration and celebration, including today's historical "Defenders' Day".
Tomorrow will be "Agriculturalists' Day", featuring the finest livestock and cattle exhibits in the East of the fair season, with judging of entries in the show at 1 p. m., followed by a concert rendered by the Boonsboro Band at the amphitheatre and an address by a nationally recognized agriculturalist. At 3:30 will be the livestock parade, and at 7:15 and 9 o'clock "On Wings of Time". At 7:30 p. m. a concert by the Myersville Band will be enjoyed.
Mayors Guests Here
The National Antietam Commemoration featured on Saturday a visit paid by over twenty mayors from surrounding cities and towns who came here as the guests of the commemoration, city of Hagerstown and others. Dr. J. W. Croft, Waynesboro, was among the guests.
The mayors arrived in the early part of the afternoon and registered at Hotel Alexander. They were greeted by some of the members of the reception committee which was composed of J. Vincent Jamison, former State Senator William D. Byron, Charles W. Brown, Col. John Carmichael, Vinton Hershey, William Preston Lane, Jr., R. Paul Smith.
The Waynesboro School Band scored a hit in the presentation of its concert Saturday.
Waynesboro PA Record Herald
Waynesboro Record Herald.
Used with permission of the Waynesboro Record Herald.
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library.
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862: Centennial celebrations, etc
Washington County (Md.), 1937.