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Radio Smart Talk: Live from Gettysburg Dobbin House

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 30, 2013 2:52 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, May 31:

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The 150th anniversary of the 1863 Civil War Battle of Gettysburg will be commemorated on July 1, 2, and 3.

Radio Smart Talk will broadcast live from Gettysburg on several occasions between now and July 3.

Our first broadcast will be Friday at the historic Dobbin House on Steinwehr Avenue.

Dobbin House was built in 1776 and had a rich history even before the Civil War.  A secret crawl space in the building served as a station on the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape to freedom. 

During and after the battle, Dobbin House served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers.

In November, 1863, spectators may have sat in front of Dobbin House and witnessed President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address a few hundred yards away in the National Cemetery.

Appearing on Friday's program to discuss Gettysburg 150 events and the Dobbin's House history will be: Norris Flowers, President of the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dobbin House owner Jackie White, Ben Neely, Executor Director of the Adams County Historical Society, and Debra McCauslin, a local historian who has written about Gettysburg and the Underground Railroad.

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