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The Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania – Some Sources of Information

| March 14, 2016

This post will identify and review two readily-available print sources of information on the Ku Klan Klan in Pennsylvania in the 20th Century.  This 20th Century iteration of the Klan was a re-incarnation of the first Klan that came about after the Civil War to deny rights to Freedmen by using terror and intimidation.  From […]

Jennie Kissinger – Buried in Her Ku Klux Klan Robes

| January 27, 2016

Today’s post will begin to document numerous instances of hate and violence in Dauphin County which occurred before, during, and after the Civil War.  This includes actions by individuals, by political parties, by social groups, and by terror groups.  A new blog topic, “Hate,” is being introduced with this post and other posts on this […]

Why Was There a Cross-Burning in Elizabethville?

| April 17, 2015

On Thursday evening, 22 January 2015, a hate crime occurred in Washington Township, just outside the Borough of Elizabethville, at the home of a young African American woman.  The woman, who had moved from Harrisburg to make a better life for herself and her two children was targeted by someone who placed a burning cross […]

Why Are There Ku Klux Klan Uniforms in Gratz?

| May 28, 2014

Displayed on the second floor of the Gratz Historical Society Museum is an offensive exhibit that has been the object of many complaints from visitors and volunteers over the years of its existence.  Three Gratz area Ku Klux Klan uniforms are displayed at the side of a doorway.  Displaying Ku Klux Klan “regalia” is not […]

Williamstown G.A.R. Post Severely Rebuked for Bigotry

| October 30, 2013

An article that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot of 18 September 1906, stated that “Mandamus is Refused in Williamstown Matter.”  The article referred to an opinion handed down by Judge George Kunkel in the matter of the School Board of Williamstown, Dauphin County, and the request of Catholic parents to allow Catholic students to be […]