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After My Grandparents Died, I Learned a Tragic Family Secret by Kate Bigam for Good Housekeeping

My full name is Sara Kathryn, but it's never meant much to me. I'm named after great-grandmothers, black-and-white faces I've seen in photos but whose stories I'd never heard. Beyond their names, I knew almost nothing about great-grandma Sarah and great-grandma Katie, not even where they came from.

When, as a child, I was assigned class projects that required me to trace my family tree, I always hit stumbling blocks. "Where are we from?" I'd asked my maternal grandparents.


My grandfather, a jovial dentist with a penchant for corny jokes and bolo ties, was characteristically upbeat. At this this question, though, he hardened: "We're Jewish," he responded. Every time. Read More

Indiana State Museum Unveils Mallet Tied to Abraham Lincoln (Link) Rick Callahan AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A wooden mallet inlaid with the initials "A.L" was made by Abraham Lincoln, who used it during his Indiana youth to make furniture, Indiana State Museum officials said Tuesday in unveiling the artifact that had been a family's secret heirloom for five generations.

It's a rare relic that can be directly tied to the 14 years that Lincoln and his family lived in Indiana, said Dale Ogden, the museum's chief curator of cultural history.

The tool, called a bench mallet, is inlaid with square-edged nails that form Lincoln's initials — "A.L" — with a period separating them, while a series of other nails were driven into the tool to form the year "1829." Read More

Do You Recognize Me? Harry and Gill: His Girlfriend

     This photograph is from the same box from which the Morrow Family photographs were found. Unfortunately, like many of the photographs in the box, it is not identified. Well, I supposed it is slightly identified, because we at least know their first names.....It was found in Dover, Delaware, but otherwise there are no further clues as to the identify of these folks. If a reader finds out, please let us know. Best, Pat.

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The Forgotten Maritime Tragedy That Was 6 Times Deadlier than the Titanic (link)

By Sarah Begley for Time

The sinking of the Titanic may be the most infamous naval disaster in history, and the torpedoing of the Lusitania the most infamous in wartime. But with death counts of about 1,500 and 1,200 respectively, both are dwarfed by what befell the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ocean liner that was taken down by a Soviet sub on Jan. 30, 1945, killing 9,343 people—most of them war refugees, about 5,000 of them children.

The victims of the worst maritime tragedy in history were not only Germans, but also Prussians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Poles, Estonians and Croatians. World War II was drawing to an end, and the Soviet army was advancing. Though it would be months before the final fall of the Nazi regime, it was clear the end was coming—and they were desperate to escape before things came to a head. Read More

Valentines List of Top Media for 2015

This is a list of items that I was attempting to post back in December, but was unable to because of technical problems so I am trying again. These are opinionative ratings, of course, so keep that in mind while reading. Other than that, the way these work are that I personally found these games, movies, or TV shows entertaining or they had good stories. There is no limit to the genre just how good I thought they were.

1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (This would be Season 2 of Firefly if that was on but clearly that's not happening)

2. Star Wars Episode VII

3. Tales of Zestiria

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

5. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

6. Avengers Age of Ultron

7. Ant Man

8. Into The Badlands

9. Chappie

10. The Expanse

Of course, this was a fairly short list and some of these you may not agree on. If you would like for me to do an in-depth review on any you can email me at Tell me what you would like me to review/criticize, or tell me what you think of anything I have written so far. 

Valentine Q. Suter 1/14/2016

Found this old article about a '66 volvo, wanted to share the link.

NY Man Nears 3 Millionth Mile in Beloved '66 Volvo

by Fay Abuelgasim for AP

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — It just keeps going, and going, and going. No, it's not a battery. It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S.


Gordon's small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.

The retired schoolteacher from Long Island hopes to reach the 3 million mile mark by next year. He only has 34,000 miles to go.

The 72-year-old Gordon drives his Volvo everywhere. He has held the Guinness World Records mark for High Mileage Vehicle since 2002 and was the first person to hold that record.* Read More

*Some formatting provided by Passed Time, Jan 13, 2016, 8:45 am

Chester County, Pennsylvania Poet: Ruth B. Waters 1971

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      I recently purchased, Poets and Poetry of Chester County, Pennsylvania, edited by George Johnstonfor some information contained in it. After looking through the book more closely, I found some laid in papers--specifically two pages of poems. The poems were written by and signed by Ruth B. Waters on January 3rd and January 4, 1971 (timely, right?).

      The poems are not yet in the public domain and as Ruth B. Waters may still be living, as such I do not want to violate her privacy. Having said that however, maybe someone in the Waters family, or Ruth, is interested in knowing these poems have survived. Best, Pat                             ---Copyright ©  2016 Passed Time.  All Rights Reserved.---

Rebecca Conard : West Chester Poet

  Earlier, in the year 2015, a friend shared fascinating bits of Conard Family genealogy with Passed Time's readers.* I happened to come across this passage today in The Poets and Poetry of Chester County, Pennsylvania, edited by George Johnston.** Enjoy! Pat Earnest, Delaware, --Copyright © 2016 Passed Time. All Rights Reserved.--

Rebecca Conard

    Rebecca Conard, a member of the Conard family of West Grove and vicinity, and the daughter of Paul and Sarah (Roberts) Conard, was born January 27, 1800, and died in West Chester, January 5, 1875. Most of her life was spent in Chester County, and part of it in teaching in Westtown School. She spent much of her time and means in ministering to the comforts of the poor and distressed. Her poems were collected after her death by her friends, and published in a small volune entitled "Poems by a Friend." Her poems are chaste and beautiful, and mostly of a religious character. 

The King's Daughters

The King's daughter is all glorious within.--PSalm xiv. 13

No outward plumes or paltry show

Adorn Jerusalem's fair;

Nor yet with mincing steps they go,

Or braiding of the hair.


Their ornaments are all within;

All glorious are they, too;

Untarnished by polluting sin,

Unsaddened by its woe. 


Their hearts, the temples of their God,

made clean and purified

By the stoning, precious blood

Of Jesus crucified.


'Tis here His holiness and grace,

His honor loves to come;

To enter, yea, and sup with such,

And claim them as his own.


The sheep of his peculiar care,

The lambs of Zion's fold;

No prowling wolves can enter there,

For Jesus guards the hold,


And carries them as in his arms,

And leads them by the hand,

Protecting from inclement storms

The weak ones of his band.

*A featured article as of January 2, 2016

**Johnston, George. The Poets and Poetry of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Collected and Edited by George Johnston. J.H. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. 1890 p. 47

--Copyright © 2016, Passed Time. All Rights Reserved.--




The Remarkable Story of the World War II "Ghost Army" that Duped Hitler (Link)

From: A Business Insider Article by Jeremy Bender

From the summer of 1944 until the end of the World War II in Europe, the US fielded a unique 'Ghost Army' throughout France and the Rhine Valley in order to deceive the Third Reich into over estimating the strength of the Allied forces.


The Ghost Army, which consisted of 1,100 handpicked men and a number of phony inflatable tanks and weapons, was part of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops.

The unit's sole responsibility was to create illusions and spread disinformation about the strength and location of Allied forces. Read More 

The First Website Went Online 25 Years Ago Today (Link) John Fingas for Engadget

If the web were a person, it wouldn't have trouble renting a car from now on: the world'sfirst website, Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web, went online 25 years ago today. The inaugural page wasn't truly public when it went live at CERN on December 20th, 1990 (that wouldn't happen until August 1991), and it wasn't much more than an explanation of how the hypertext-based project worked. However, it's safe to say that this plain page laid the groundwork for much of the internet as you know it -- even now, you probably know one or two people who still think the web is the internet.

Where are the creators in 2015? Read More

Museum says missing Nazi submarine mystery solved

A Danish war museum says it found German U-boat U-3523 embedded on the sea floor, quashing years of speculation.



The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein

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USS Indianapolis wreckage found 72 years later - CNN Video

The remains of the USS Indianapolis, which delivered parts of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and was later sunk by a Japanese submarine, have been found.


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Ahead of Their Time: Discontinued Game Consoles


Andrew Kamal is an app developer, programmer, and inventor who loves writing about historical technology and old games. He can be found in his free time hugging pugs and debating people about which pizza topics are better.












Siberia: Medieval Mummies From Mystery Arctic Civilization Discovered in Zelenyy Yar Necropolis

Two medieval mummies from a mystery Arctic civilization have been discovered at the edge of Siberia. The remains of an adult and baby were found in the Zelenyy Yar necropolis, an archaeological complex first discovered in 1997, and were covered in copper-with the adult having been plated from head to


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A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War




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Fastnacht Day: February 28 at

York County History Center

Fastnacht Day will be celebrated at the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. The Friends of the History Center will serve fastnachts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the Museum, located at 250 E. Market Street, York.

This free event is held each year as the Friends’ “thank you” to the community for their support throughout the year. Fastnacht Day originated with Pennsylvania Germans on Shrove Tuesday, when all fat had to be removed from the home before Lent.

The Friends hold fundraising events all year to benefit the programs and exhibits of the History Center.


York County History Center Closed January 26-27, 2017



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Did colonial courthouse windows end up in the Dover area?

Jonathan Mifflin turns down York County post

York, Pa., really is the center of the universe, especially when you consider its place in historical events. Local historian June Lloyd looks at how things have converged on our hometown, past and present.





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Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society | Preserving the culture of Mennonite-related faith communities in Lancaster County

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has added a new field trip to the 2016 schedule of events. Get a new view of historic sights in Lancaster and Lebanon with the upcoming field trip, "The Trail of Greenywalt's Boys."


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African American History Month programs among 18 special events at the museums of the State of Delaware during February 2018


Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor eight free programs during January 2018


Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor 21 special programs during the 2017 winter-holiday season


“Doctor Who and William Penn” to be presented at Dover, Del.’s Old State House on Aug. 19, 2017


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs July 28, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 7


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 29, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 6



Online survey seeks public input regarding the preservation of historic places in Delaware


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 1, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 5


Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” in Lewes, Del. on May 27 and 28, 2017

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Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs March 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 3


Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor 14 free programs during March 2017


New exhibit now open at Lewes, Del.’s Zwaanendael Museum


“Listen Up! African-American History” program Rescheduled


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Jan. 31, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 1


  African American History Month programs among 17 special events at the museums of the State of Delaware during February 2017











Virginia Tech was not the worst school massacre in U.S. history. This was.

That spring morning in 1927 could not have been more beautiful, one of the students would later recall. The Bath Consolidated School just outside East Lansing, Mich., was holding final exams, but before the morning bell rang on May 18, 1927, children ran and played outside. Peals of laughter could be heard.


WWII veteran's remains return home after missing 74 years

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 70 years ago, a U.S. Army plane dubbed "Hot as Hell" was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking for the doomed aircraft or the eight men on board because military officials had no way of pinpointing where it went down.

Sword belonging to commander of black Civil War unit found

BOSTON (AP) - The sword that belonged to the commanding officer of the first all-black regiment raised in the North during the U.S. Civil War has been recovered after being lost to history for more than 150 years. The British-made sword carried into battle by Col.


'America's Frankenstein': Book to examine Philly's 'first mass murderer'

An upcoming book seeks to find the links between the fable of Frankenstein and a brutal Philadelphia mass murder that occurred nearly 50 years after the release of the famous novel. In "The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein," Delaware author Patricia Earnest Suter revisits the gruesome killings of eight people at the hands of Anton Probst in 1866.

Jaw-dropping discovery: Soldier's diary retells WWI horrors

Norman Gray, a fresh-faced 19-year-old was shipped off to France in 1914 to fight in World War I. Now his diary resurfaced, documenting the horrors of war.



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