V. Chapman Smith , Special Assistant - National Education and Public Program Strategy
at National Archives and Records Administration, has accepted our invitation to be
the "2015 W.H. Day keynote speaker for the White Carnation Dinner Friday, November
She will focus her dinner remarks to leaders, descendants, stewards, and
interpreters gathered on "the importance of remembering and the cost of forgetting.!"
Ms. Chapman-Smith has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in organization
capacity building, records administration, and public history programming that includes
work on education reform issues and community/international engagement.
216 State Street
In 1865, the women of Harrisburg, united by membership in the Garnet League pushed
and made the Grand Review of Colored Troops in Harrisburg happen. In honor of their
diligent work, we are having a White Carnation Dinner. This event is the only event
by invitation. We have invited descendant families and honored guests. The site chosen
is the historic Grace United Methodist Church, 216 State Street, Harrisburg.
France Wolf, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be the honorary
Rev. Yvette Davis, pastor of the church will host this event. The church is located
across from the State Capitol building on State Street. The church is a grand building,
so grand that when the State Capitol burned after the Civil War, our legislators
took over this sanctuary to hold their sessions.
Today the congregation and the pastor welcome us to this monumental building fronted
by a very large Tiffany window donated in the early 1900s, and many works of art
that will thrill those attracted to this sort of embellishment.
The White Carnation Dinner is a key event in this weekend of celebration for the
180,000 Black men who served our country in the Civil War.
V. Chapman Smith
IF YOU WERE INVITED YOU CAN RSVP BELOW:
THE VOICES OF THE BETHEL MERCERSBURG QUARTET WILL PERFORM.
Honorary Guest: First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Frances Wolf