Nov. 15: Constitution Center

The Civil War Consortium of Greater Philadelphia holds its kick-off event tonight to showcase a year’s worth of programs  in 2011 as the nation remembers the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. We’re just guests, so we will won’t be reading or speaking.  I believe this is an invitation-only affair, but if you’re on the list please say hello.  The mayor will be there as will strolling musicians, Union generals and a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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