WYOMING – Former President Jimmy Carter will speak Tuesday at the Wyoming Monument, the third U.S. president to do so.
Carter, 88, who served as the 39th president from 1977-1981, and his wife, Rosalynn, 85, will speak at the monument on Wyoming Avenue at 3 p.m.
Larry and Diane Cook, owners of Cook & Cook Estate Liquidators in Plains Township, helped arrange the visit in cooperation with Marcella Starr and the Wyoming Monument Association.
According to a news release issued by Wyoming Borough, Susquehanna Avenue will be closed at Wyoming Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and free shuttle service will be available from the Midway Shopping Center and Flack Field to the Wyoming Monument, beginning at 2 p.m. to avoid traffic congestion.
C-Span has announced it plans to tape the program.
Right after Carter’s speech, a special exhibition titled “Wyoming Monument: Through the Years” will open at the T.W. Shoemaker Art Gallery, 312 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
The exhibition, hosted by the Luzerne County Historical Society, is in honor of the third presidential visit to the monument. President Rutherford B. Hayes visited in 1878 and President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905. It will showcase 15 images of the monument from the 1860s through the 1920s. High-quality art reproductions of the images will be available.
The Carters were guests of the Cooks in 2011 at an auction benefiting the preservation and restoration of the Carters’ hometown in Plains, Ga. Larry Cook came up with the name of the fundraiser, “Plains Helping Plains,” which he founded in 2010.
The Cooks and Carters have been friends since 2004.
Wyoming Mayor Bob Boyer said Wyoming resident Jeanne Zano will sing the national anthem and fellow resident Abby Barhight will sing “God Bless America” at the conclusion of Tuesday’s program.
The Wyoming Monument is a memorial to the lives lost in the Battle of Wyoming – the Revolutionary War-era battle of July 3, 1778, during which 277 area residents were killed. Remains of the dead are interred at the site.
The Carters are then scheduled to attend a fundraiser dinner later Tuesday at the Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre. Proceeds will benefit the Plains (Ga.) Better Hometown Program.