Friday, June 17, 2016

Esther Clark to be Grand Marshal of the 2016 Gettysburg Homecoming parade

The Gettysburg Homecoming Festival committee is pleased to announce Esther Clark as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Gettysburg Homecoming parade.

Mrs. Clark, affectionately known to many as “Mrs. Gettysburg,” is a lifelong resident of Gettysburg. Born in Gettysburg, the daughter of Ray and Bernice Petersime, Esther raised her own family with her husband Jim (d. 1994) in the house she grew up in. During that time, she and Jim worked just across the street at her family’s business, the Petersime Incubator Company.

Esther has been a contributing member of the community for most of her life. Over that time she has been active in the Oakland Church of the Brethren, Gettysburg Fire Department, Gettysburg Village Council and Gettysburg Cemetery Association. She retired as Gettysburg’s Village Clerk in 2012, and since then has devoted much of her time to the Cardinal Center, helping to found the Friends of the Cardinal Center and serving as the group’s first treasurer.

The Homecoming Parade will take place at 11:00am, Saturday June 25th following the 2nd Annual Homecoming 5K. The parade route will run from the Norcold lot on Bridge Street and then on to Main Street past the Cardinal Center.

After the parade, Esther will be on hand at the Petersime display in the Cardinal Center (Gettysburg School) to greet friends and visitors. All are invited stop by from 9-2 to explore the history of the Petersime Incubator Company, which was a fixture in the community for over 80 years. The Petersime display will include an incubator, steam bath cabinet, tamburitzas and other memorabilia.

In addition to viewing the display, visitors are invited to enjoy a meal from the concession stand and shop the vendors who will also be present.

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