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The Mystery of the Horn Chair

August 13, 2015

Tucked away in a quiet corner in the attic of the Fenyes Mansion, the horn chair has long been an object of fascination for the Museum staff. Recent research in…

Causes Natural and Unnatural

August 12, 2015

Last week’s column may have given you the unfortunate idea that old soldiers simply died in bed, of old age or disease, or both. While many Civil War veterans did…

Hospital and Home

August 4, 2015

As the veterans of the Civil War grew older, they faced many problems. One of the main political lobbying efforts of the Grand Army of the Republic was to force…

Two Who Wore Gray: Confederates Who Went West

July 28, 2015

There is a clichéd image of Confederates going west after the war, of gunfighters and bounty hunters, outlaws and ranchers, all escaping poverty and ruin. In actuality, the Confederates who…

Statue in the Park

July 21, 2015

“John McDonald, Esq., “Chairman Pasadena Memorial Statue Committee: “Dear Sir: As per your instructions received from H. H. Kitson, sculptor, Boston, Mass., we have this day shipped to you as…

Portrait of an Artist: How Research Happens (Part 2 of 2)

July 14, 2015

Once I finally dug up Ludwig’s military records, my theory fell apart. Julius Ludwig didn’t enlist until 1864 (not early in the war), and apparently got discharged as soon as…

Portrait of an Artist: How Research Happens (Part 1 of 2)

July 7, 2015

Several people have asked me how historical research is done, or other questions about the process of learning about the men and women featured in this exhibit. So I thought…

The Last Reunion – Gettysburg 1938

June 30, 2015

In central Pennsylvania in early July it’s either as hot as the devil’s front porch or raining barrels, with thunder and lightning to boot. If you’re especially lucky, you get…

The Fife and the Drum

June 23, 2015

“The John F. Godfrey Post, G.A.R.’s “Drummer Boys of ‘61 ” met much applause. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” was the song theme, and on the float a group of…

E.S. Frost: Hooked Rugs and Photography

June 16, 2015

E.S. Frost spent his time in the Civil War in the 1st Maine Cavalry. He survived the bullets that flew around him at various major battles, but not the germs.…