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The Great San Francisco Earthquake: Photographs from 110 Years Ago (Link)

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Inside the Squalid Tenements of 1890s New York City (Link) by Alex Arbuckle

By Alex Arbuckle for Mashable

In the last decades of the 19th century, lower Manhattan was a densely packed collection of slums. With waves of immigrants entering the city and land at a premium, landlords bought up buildings and subdivided them into ever smaller partitions, housing dozens of people together in squalid, dark, unventilated rooms. Buildings often covered 90% of a standard 25-by-100-foot lot, with windows and ventilation only at the front and back. Read More

Whitcraft Scrapbook: Lost Ring and Family Reunion

    These were found on the same page in the scrapbook as the obituary of Sarah Miles Hanna (see front page, the obituary with an actual photograph of Hanna). It is our hopes that the ring was found and the reunion was a success. Although, I do not know about the ring, I suspect the reunion was quite the party as the Whitcraft family had many reunions throughout the years. Best, Pat

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Whitcraft Scrapbook: Page One, circa 1894

This is the first page of the Whitcraft scrapbook, filled primarily with poems of interest to the creator of the scrapbook (I know, I know--master of the obvious). Two articles on this page are copyrighted, "1893" and "1894," yet, the next page has a handwritten note of "1892." Overall, the items in the book appear to be fairly chronological, but this might signify small breaks in chronology.  I will try to post pictures from the scrabook, occasionally. Keep checking back. Best, Pat

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Whitcraft Scrapbook: Cover and Laid-In

As promised, here are more pictures of the Whitcraft family scrapbook. Although I am not as fast as I would like to be, check back often. I will try to occassionally post pictures from the interior. Best, Pat

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A homemade book cover, encases the cover of the Whitcraft scrapbook. It was once a cheery blue, but now is faded, torn, and stained. 

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An index card found loose in the scrapbook. Was the scrapbook a gift from the family? Or was this card from something else, which George Eli Whitcraft (or another family member) cherished?

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Hidden Text Found in 500-Year-Old Bible

Hidden writing found in a Bible printed in 1535 is proving to be quite valuable in providing a more complete picture of the English Reformation. View Video Here

Rare Ty Cobb Cards Found in Paper Bag by Mark Townsend

Family discovers seven rare Ty Cobb cards possibly worth $1M

Mark Townsend,Big League Stew

In a reminder that it's always worth double-checking every old paper bag or shoebox we find around the house before discarding it, a family believed to be from South Carolina recently came upon a baseball card goldmine while doing just that.


According to the Associated Press, this family, which prefers to remain anonymous, pulled not one, but seven identical Ty Cobb cards from an old, beat up paper bag. The print period, according to baseball card experts, was sometime between 1909 and 1911. And before this discovery, only 15 copies of this specific card were known to still exist. Read More

Raynors' Historical Collectible Auction

     For readers who are either interested in primary sources and/or are looking for genealogy information, remember to check out Raynors' Historical Collectible Auctions. The March 10, 2016 Absentee Auction will be ending soon. The letters and documents to be auctioned, often have detailed information provided and you might just stumble across a family member! Best, Pat

Stunning Photos of Elizabeth Taylor You've Never Seen (Link)

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

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

The Paperback of the The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein by Patricia Earnest Suter at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $25 or more!

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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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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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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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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