The Historic Glassboro Summit of '67 Revisited

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On June 23rd, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Russian Premier Alexei Kosygin met in Glassboro, N.J., for what’s now known as the historic "Glassboro Summit." 

“Even though they disagreed on many, many items, they were willing to sit down and discuss them and see what they could do together," said Leo McCabe, mayor of the borough in Gloucester County.

The two leaders met in Glassboro because it was the mid-point between New York, where the Russian Premier was located, and the White House. 

“We should be celebrating this," said McCabe. "We felt as though this summit would be something that would bring Russia and the U.S. closer together, and at that time it did.” 

The mayor was there during the historic weekend back in 1967 and can remember being proud that such a monumental event took place in Glassboro. 

“We look [at] the results of this summit as the beginning of the end of the Cold War,” said McCabe. 

The two leaders met in Glassboro because it was the mid-point between New York, where the Russian Premier was located, and the White House. 

This weekend — from Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th — many will get a chance to look back on the Glassboro Summit and commemorate a big part of the town's history. 

“It’s a celebration here in Glassboro; a 50-year celebration, and we have an all-day affair," said McCabe. 

During the day, there will be tours for visitors so that people can see some of the historic and modern-day sites in Glassboro.

During this weekend’s festivities people will be able to walk through the Hollybush Mansion, the place where the Glassboro Summit was held, and see pictures of what was happening in that specific room at the time.

“During the day, from 12 p.m to 4 p.m., you can come tour the Mansion, read about history and hear stories of people that were here those days,” said Joe Cardona, vice president of university relations for nearby Rowan University. 

The weekend full of history and fun — celebrating a memorable moment in South Jersey, as well as U.S. history — is free of charge.


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