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January 20, 2015

Inauguration Day for Tom Wolf

The day will kick off with the official swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol

Tom Wolf will be sworn in as the state's 47th Governor of Pennsylvania at noon on Tuesday, following his Nov. 4 election. 

"We have a number of exciting events scheduled to make inauguration day memorable for Pennsylvanians who join Gov.-elect Wolf for this momentous occasion," former Gov. Ed Rendell, honorary chairman of the inaugural committee, told Christian Alexandersen of PennLive

Official Swearing In Ceremony

The governor-elect’s inauguration day will commence with an official swearing-in ceremony at noon on the East Wing of the Capitol by Judge Penny Blackwell.

Wolf,  a Democrat from York Countywill take his oath on a mid-19th century Bible passed down to him from his paternal grandmother's Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania-based family, according to the his inauguration committee.

 Lt. Gov.-elect Mike Stack will also be sworn in at the Senate Chamber inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol, prior to Wolf.

Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts

 Following the invocation, the State Museum of Pennsylvania will host an inaugural art exhibit featuring the work of an assortment of iconic artists with roots in Pennsylvania, both living and deceased, in addition to a children’s program featuring a craft activity and live musical performances by the York County Honors Choirs in the museum's auditorium.

  • The inaugural art exhibit will also be on display during regular museum hours through February 15, 2015.

 "The goal, as Tom and Frances set it out, was to basically showcase the talents of Pennsylvania artists in order to highlight our commonwealth's cultural significance," Robert Evans, a Wrightsville-based painter and a co-chair of the exhibition committee, told Flint McColgan of Lebanon Daily News.

Open House and Tour of The Governor’s Residence

 Then the Governor and his wife, Frances, will host an open house and offer a tour of the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, where the Wolfs will split his time along with their hometown of York.

‘Let’s Get Started’ Evening Celebration

Later in the evening, there will be a "Let's Get Started" celebration with dinner dancing and entertainment at the Hershey Lodge.

The past few governors have held their black-tie celebrations at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, but Wolf opted for a more laid-back affair, as was posted on his inauguration website.

 This is not a black-tie event, but guests are welcome to dress however they feel comfortable to attend an evening celebration.