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Fire Destroys the Lykens Register, 1900

| January 7, 2014

A cool breeze nipped at Isaac Deitrich as he tramped home in the darkness. It was a little before midnight on the evening of December 5, 1900 when his late shift in the mines let out. Wiconisco and Lykens lay below him in the twilight, only dim shadows marking where each town began. He left […]

The Battle of the Millersburg Ferry

| December 16, 2013

In 1992, in recognition of the 175th Anniversary of the Millersburg Ferry, Civil War re-enactors assembled at Millersburg‘s Riverfront Park to conduct a mock battle between two ferry boats – the Roaring Bull and Falcon.  During the Civil War, no actual battle took place in the Susquehanna River area surrounding Millersburg, but if one had […]

Gratz Fair Exhibit Features Women of the Civil War Era

| September 15, 2013

Women and the Civil War – Portraits and Stories is the newest exhibit of the Civil War Research Project   It will preview at the Gratz Fair, beginning today, Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 11 a.m., and continuing to Saturday, September 21, 2013, when the Fair closes. The exhibit description states: This portrait gallery is […]

Six Killed, Many Injured in Train Wreck

| July 8, 2013

By the time of the Civil War, railroads had become a driving force in the country’s economy, specifically in the northern states. Fortunes were built on the back of the new rail systems that popped up. One of these railroads built in the years just before the Civil War broke out was the Northern Central. […]

How Far Was the Battle of Gettysburg Heard?

| July 6, 2013

Multiple stories have been passed down over a century and a half related to the Battle of Gettysburg. The stories go that citizens of Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia heard the sound of cannon fire from the battle in south-central Pennsylvania. These distances vary from dozens of miles to over a hundred miles distant from […]