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Sugar Grove will be site of historical marker sign

One of three proposed historical markers to be included as part of the county’s bicentennial celebration has been approved by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC).

A statement from the PHMC indicated that 18 new markers were approved statewide – including one in Warren County relating to Cynthia Catlin Miller.

The sign will read: “An active organizer of the abolitionist movement in Warren County, Miller harbored many freedom seekers in her home. She founded the Female Assisting Society and the Ladies’ Fugitive Aid Society. One of the leading planners of the 1854 Sugar Grove Convention, she hosted speaker Frederick Douglass in her home.”

The marker will be placed in Sugar Grove.

Applications had also been submitted for markers regarding Chief Cornplanter and Johnny Appleseed, who planted his first orchard outside of Garland.

Warren County Historical Director Michelle Gray noted that marker applications can be submitted for three years “and then have to sit one out.”

That means that the other two applications were unsuccessful for this year.

The PHMC said that the 18 markers were selected from a total of 55 applications and “will be added to the nearly 2,300 familiar blue-with-gold-lettering signs along roads and streets throughout Pennsylvania.

“Since 1946 PHMC’s historical markers have chronicled the people, places, and events that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries. The signs feature subjects such as Native Americans and settlers, government and politics, athletes, entertainers, artists, struggles for freedom and equality, factories and businesses, and a multitude of noteworthy topics.”

The PHMC explained that nominations for markers can be submitted by any individual or organization “and are evaluated by a panel of independent experts from throughout the state and approved by the agency’s commissioners.”

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