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Fountain All Wars Veterans Monument

| November 30, 2010

Behind the Christ Church, United Church of Christ, Fountain, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, lies a small, but historic cemetery.  Within that cemetery is the Fountain All Wars Veterans Monument. The bronze plaque reads: In memory of those who served our country from our community. Emblems of the branches of the armed service are featured on the […]

Eisenhower Family Civil War Veterans

| November 29, 2010

Entering Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, from the west on Route 209, a large stone monument can be seen up on a grassy bank on the right side of the road.  The bronze plaque reads: Eisenhower Ancestral Home.  Built in 1854 by Jacob F. Eisenhower, grandfather of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States […]

Old Soldiers Ousted from Pottsville Armory

| November 28, 2010

Imagine how many times this must have happened throughout the country?  “State officials… oust… Gowen Post G.A.R. from its headquarters in State Armory.  The Civil War veterans, who have extensive relics and records have no place to go….  The room occupied by the veterans is needed by the two military units just organized and there […]

Thanksgiving Day – 1860

| November 25, 2010

In November 1860, Thanksgiving was traditionally celebrated in the United States as a religious observance, not a national holiday.  It wasn’t until 1863, by the time the Civil War was in full force, that President Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving.  So, 150 years ago, the date of giving thanks was Thursday, November 22, […]

Rebecca Gratz & 19th Century America

| November 24, 2010

About a year ago, longtime friend, Bob Linblad, invited a small group to visit the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.  He had just completed his “certification” as a docent and wanted to practice on some of us who he knew would challenge his knowledge of the collection.  The tour began in a small room […]