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The Union League of Philadelphia announces official opening of the Heritage Center

PHILADELPHIA – October 3, 2011 – On Saturday, October 15th, The Union League of Philadelphia will be opening The Heritage Center, located on the ground floor of the iconic building at 140 South Broad Street.  The Center will be open from 1-4PM with Civil War re-enactors and docents offering tours of the Center.

“The Union League and its members have always been leaders in the civic and charitable community of Philadelphia,” remarked Joan Carter, President of The Union League of Philadelphia.  “The Heritage Center will create an opportunity for the League to share its heritage and history while also creating a home for three different charities of the Union League.”

The Heritage Center includes an exhibition, programming, and event space.  The Center currently features two exhibits, Love of Country Leads, which tells the story of the Union League, its members and its activities – from its inception during the Civil War to its present position as the most dynamic city club in the country and Philadelphia 1861: The Coming Storm, which tells the story of the Philadelphia home front including political memorabilia, portraits, books, the hat that Lincoln wore while in disguise and much more.

The Heritage Center is one of the nation’s deepest Civil War research resources, only rivaled by the premier Federal Government War archive sites,” stated John Meko, Executive Director of The Foundations.  “The ‘League’ will now be a notable destination for Civil War research agencies and historical tourism devoted to Philadelphia’s Civil War.”

The Heritage Center is also home to the Union League’s three charitable foundations: Youth Work, Scholarship, and Abraham Lincoln.  These organizations, supported by League members, serve the community by educating the public about our nation’s history, recognizing student role models in our region’s high schools, and providing scholarships to deserving students.

The Heritage Center will be open to the public, free of charge, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00- 6:00PM and the second Saturday of each month from 1:00-4:00PM.

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