In October 1864, residents of Lykens, Pennsylvania showed their support of Abraham Lincoln with an impressive evening parade.
Deadly Souvenirs – Unexploded Shells From Antietam Proved To Be Dangerous Keepsakes
Visitors to Antietam battlefield in 1862 took unexploded shells home as souvenirs. The results were disastrous, and often deadly.
“What to do in air raids?” – Harrisburg’s early civil defense preparations in 1942
What do you do when the lights go out, the sirens come on, and the bombs begin to fall?
“Overhauling is going on vigorously” – An 1860s photograph reveals work at coal breaker in Wiconisco
A photograph taken shortly after the Civil War shows mining operations in Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County in the 1860s.
“We gave them hell” – Company G, 96th Pennsylvania in the Battle of South Mountain
Soldiers from a company in the 96th Pennsylvania describe their experiences in the Battle of South Mountain in September 1862.
Amid chaos surrounding the Battle of Antietam, Schuylkill County prepared for war
When a Confederate army threatened Pennsylvania in September 1862, the citizens of Pottsville jumped into action. They also felt the harsh hand of war.
“And where’s Williams Valley?” – An 1877 travel guide pointed visitors to western Schuylkill County
A writer and his friends rode the Reading Railroad to write a travel guide. They reached the end of the line in Williams Valley.
“The stark truth” – A Pennsylvania soldier witnesses the collapse of Nazi Germany in 1945
Private Jim Shurskis detailed the destruction of Nazi Germany and the refugees returning to their homes in an April 1945 letter.
“Revolutionary Disloyalty” – A coal miners’ rebellion in Schuylkill County during the Civil War
In October 1862, Irish miners in Pennsylvania staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.
“Hungry Fans Plan Big Welcome” – Baseball Star Jake Daubert Returns in 1919
Baseball fans from Upper Dauphin County gathered in Harrisburg in August 1919 to watch a local hero play for the Cincinnati Reds on City Island.