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John Brown commemoration makes Top 100

February 15, 2009

The American Bus Association has named the upcoming John Brown sesquicentennial commemoration a Top 100 Event for 2009.

Events on the list were chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs and commemorative events that were nominated by state tourism offices and local or regional convention and visitors bureaus.

The sesquicentennial commemorates John Brown's raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in 1859. Events celebrating the sesquicentennial begin in April and continue through mid-December.

A committee of historians and officials from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia has coordinated re-enactments, concerts, an educational symposium, scholarships, living history, family and youth activities, and ranger-conducted programs.

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Committee member Todd Bolton said more than 65 events are planned, many of which can be found at www.johnbrownraid.org.

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