18 Feb 1999
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Local Sons of the American Revolution Host State Meeting

1999 Officers chosen


For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 18, 1999

Contact: Eric Bugaile
Harris Ferry Chapter


Camp Hill, Pa The Harris Ferry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will play host to the Pennsylvania Society of the SAR (PASSAR) for Friday and Saturday Feb. 5-6, 1999 at the Radisson, Penn Harris.

The two-day event, the Board of Management Meeting, is held quarterly by the PASSAR at locations throughout the Commonwealth. Officers as well as general membership attend the meeting.

Highlighting Friday’s session will be Ruthann Hubbert- Kemper, director of the Capitol Preservation Committee, who will discuss "Art Treasures of the State Capitol." During Saturday morning’s board meeting, wives of PASSAR members will tour the Capitol Hill and view the many art treasures and be able to view the work of the Preservation Committee in restoring the Capitol.

The session ends with a luncheon at the Radisson with featured speaker, LTC Oscar H. Stroh, Ret., former Harris Ferry Chapter president with a talk entitled, "Thompson’s Battalion." He will detail the exploits of the famous Pennsylvania Riflemen under the command of Col. William Thompson.

The PASSAR founded in 1893, just four years after the National Society of SAR was incorporated as an organization of lineal male descendants of patriots of the American Revolutionary War. The PASSAR has nearly 2,000 members. The Harris Ferry Chapter, founded in 1940 has just under 100 descendants as members.

The Harris Ferry Chapter officers for 1999 include: David E. Hartman of West Hanover Township, president; John A. Pringle of Camp Hill and Fred M.Cardene, Jr. of East Pennsboro, vice presidents; Willis R. Friese, Jr. of Annville, secretary; Walter V. Hoak of Harrisburg, treasurer; Charles H. Stone, Esq. of New Cumberland, chancellor; Robert T. Coleman of Summerdale, chaplain; Eric Bugaile of West Hanover Township, publicity officer; LTC Oscar H. Stroh, Ret. of Middle Paxton Township, registrar; and Robert L. Maley of Harrisburg, genealogist.

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