"Lights, Camera, Action!!!"
Senior State President
Ms. Rosemary T. Hogan
Wheatland is located right outside of downtown Lancaster. It
served as President James Buchanan's home for a little over 20 years. This home
served as a retreat for the president, once he took office. At this home, he
was informed of his nomination for the office of President and made it his headquarters
for campaigning. From his front steps, he gave his first campaign address to
the townspeople. Wheatland also served as a place for Buchanan to escape from
the bustling politics of Washington and the turbulence of the times. He visited
Wheatland often during his presidency and his library was where he wrote his
inaugural address for the nation to hear.
In 1959, a day dedicated to James Buchanan was celebrated. At this time, Postmaster-General Arthur E. Summerfield unveiled the Wheatland postage stamp. This day was entitled "Wheatland Day." This day was to commemorate Buchanan's pioneering in international relations, his genius in diplomacy, and his love for friends, home, and family. At this event, there was the commemoration of the President, a pageant reenacting scenes from his presidency, which emphasized the importance on his family and friends, and lastly the commemoration of the first cable message between Great Britain and America.
"Retracing Our Footsteps'"
Patrick R. Reidy
On June 17, 1778, General George Washington called a council of war at Valley Forge in which he informed his officers of British intent to evacuate Philadelphia and asked advice as to the course he should pursue. Leaders of the Continental Army offered differing opinions. Lafayette asserted it would be disgraceful for the chiefs and humiliating for the troops to allow the enemy to traverse the Jerseys with no opposition and engagement. General Washington issued the battle orders. During the afternoon of June 28, the largest land artillery battle of the American Revolution raged. Heat and fatigue took a toll on both sides. The Continental artillery forced the British artillery to withdraw and proceeded forward at dawn the next day with fresh troops. During the night, British forces slipped away ending the last major battle of the North. The Battle of Monmouth was a political triumph and morale booster for the Continental Army and General Washington.
N.S.C.A.R. will contribute funds towards the creation of an original children’s educational coloring book about the Battle of Monmouth by a premiere artist of historical coloring books for children. School children, visitors to Monmouth Park, and C.A.R. members will have the opportunity to learn about the battle and American patriots through a fun and educational activity. Retrace Our Footsteps at the Battle of Monmouth.