A new tradition was born when Schuylkill County celebrated its first Thanksgiving in November 1845.
Halloween could get pretty rowdy in the City of Pottsville in the 19th century.
Central Pennsylvania celebrated war-time Christmas in 1917 by welcoming soldiers on leave, big turkey dinners, and plenty of snow.
The Harrisburg Telegraph published hundreds of letters to Santa Claus in its December 1904 issues. They reveal pictures of life in the first decade of the 20th century.
1917 marked the first war-time Thanksgiving in more than 50. Central Pennsylvania marked the holiday quietly... for the most part.
Wiconisco Township marked Independence Day 1862 with surprisingly peaceful demonstration.
In their newly constructed winter quarters in Arlington, Virginia, the 96th Pennsylvania celebrates its first Christmas at war in 1861.
Robert Gould Shaw wrote this letter to his mother while sitting in his guard tent three miles east of Frederick, Maryland early on Christmas Day 1861.