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October 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Clifford Krainik of Warrenton, Virginia, who is writing a biography of Philipsburg pioneer John Plumbe, Jr. (1809-1857), will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting and dinner of the Philipsburg Historical Foundation, to be held at the Parish Hall of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Philipsburg, beginning at 6:00PM on Wednesday, October 10.  The subject will be the career of John Plumbe, Jr., who spent his formative years in Philipsburg, trained as a railroad civil engineer in the area, then rose to fame in the 1840’s as a photographer of America’s rich and famous. 

Making use of the photographic process announced in France by Nicephor Niecpe and Louis Daguerre in 1839, Plumbe set up a network of studios in the United States, creating iconic photos of many notables of the 1840’s, such as President James K. Polk and orator Daniel Webster.  In 1846, he took the earliest known photos of the White House and the U. S. Capitol.  He used profits from his photographic studios to underwrite promotion of the transcontinental railroad, something he became obsessed with as a railroad civil engineer working in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In spite of his tragic end, John Plumbe, Jr. was certainly one of the most fascinating figures ever to have lived in Philipsburg.  For tickets to an extraordinary program on his life and work, at $25 per person for a buffet catered by Paul Adler of Adler’s Market,  please call Paul Springer at 814-577-1994, Jeff Sleigh at 814-762-2041, or Luther Gette at 814-342-4842.  Tickets may also be ordered online at paulspringer7@gmail.com.  Please order tickets by Wednesday, Sept. 26. 


October 10, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
S Fourth St
Philipsburg, PA 16866 United States
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