Mar 31, 2011

1933: Civilian Conservation Corps established

(Wikipedia) The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program for unemployed men, providing vocational training through the performance of useful work related to conservation and development of natural resources in the United States from 1933 to 1942. As part of the New Deal legislation proposed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), the CCC was designed to aid relief of the unemployment resulting from the Great Depression while implementing a general natural resource conservation program on federal, state, county and municipal lands in every U.S. state, including the territories of Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CCC became one of the more popular New Deal programs among the general public, providing economic relief, rehabilitation and training for a total of 3 million men. The CCC also provided a comprehensive work program that combined conservation, renewal, awareness and appreciation of the nation's natural resources. Continued

Image: "CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) boys at work, Prince George's County, Maryland" (Carl Mydans/Library of Congress).

Mar 29, 2011

Three Mile Island

(Wikipedia) The Three Mile Island accident was the most significant accident in the history of the American commercial nuclear power generating industry. ... The accident began on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, and ultimately resulted in a partial core meltdown in Unit 2 of the nuclear power plant (a pressurized water reactor manufactured by Babcock & Wilcox) of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania near Harrisburg. Continued

Mar 27, 2011

Glen Rock, Pa., was important telegraph station during Gettysburg Campaign

(Cannonba!!) Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, is a small town in south-central York County, just a few miles north of the Maryland line. Home to some 1,800 people, it is situated astride the historic Northern Central Railway tracks, which is now the York Heritage Rail Trail. Settled in 1838, it grew alongside the railroad and was incorporated in 1858. Continued

Photo of Glen Rock courtesy of Nightening.

Washington Metro

(Wikipedia) ... WMATA approved plans for a 98-mile (158 km) regional system in 1968, and construction on the metro began in 1969, with groundbreaking on December 9. The system opened March 27, 1976, with 4.6 miles (7 kilometers) available on the Red Line with five stations from Rhode Island Avenue to Farragut North, all in the District of Columbia. Arlington County, Virginia was linked to the system on July 1, 1976; Montgomery County, Maryland on February 6, 1978; Prince George's County, Maryland on November 20, 1978; and Fairfax County, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia on December 17, 1983. Continued

Photo: MDRails

Mar 26, 2011

Walking tour of York's historic pubs planned

(YDR) Downtown Inc and the York County Heritage Trust will lead a walking tour of York's pubs both past and present at 5 p.m. April 15.
The tour, which will begin at York's Golden Plough Tavern on West Market Street, will discuss significant watering holes in the city dating back to the 1700s. Continued

Mar 25, 2011

Triangle Shirtwaist fire: Why it inspires plays and poetry readings 100 years later

(csmonitor) One hundred years ago today, at 4:45 p.m., a fire ignited in a scrap basket inside New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Within 28 minutes, the factory burned down and 146 workers died, mostly young immigrant women or children. Some fell to their deaths leaping from windows, others perished falling down empty elevator shafts. The majority were trapped inside the main work floor because the exit doors were locked by management – supposedly to prevent theft. Continued

Maryland Day

(LoC) On March 25, Marylanders celebrate the 1634 arrival of the first colonists to the land that King Charles I of England had chartered to Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. Named for the king's wife, Henrietta Maria, Maryland was the first proprietary colony in what is now the United States. As the head of a proprietary colony, Lord Baltimore had almost absolute control over the colony in return for paying the king a share of all gold or silver discovered on the land. Continued

Mar 24, 2011

W. Va. mine tour draws interest

(Baltimore Sun) A new company offering tours of West Virginia's coalfields has added a second trip for the fall as well as two railroad tours that trace the development of mining and logging in the state.
Adventurous travelers and history buffs alike have signed up to explore the region's mine wars through trips organized by Coal Country Tours LLC.
The West Virginia Mine War Tour has received tremendous support, said owner Doug Estepp, adding that the inaugural trip in June is almost sold out. Continued

Quartering Act of 1765

(Wikipedia) ... This first Quartering Act (citation 5 Geo. III c. 33) was given Royal Assent on March 24, 1765, and provided that Great Britain would house its soldiers in American barracks and public houses, as by the Mutiny Act of 1765, but if its soldiers outnumbered the housing available, would quarter them "in inns, livery stables, ale houses, victualing houses, and the houses of sellers of wine and houses of persons selling of rum, brandy, strong water, cider or metheglin", and if numbers required in "uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings"... "upon neglect or refusal of such governor and council in any province", required any inhabitants (or in their absence, public officials) to provide them with food and alcohol, and providing for "fire, candles, vinegar, salt, bedding, and utensils" for the soldiers "without paying any thing for the same". Continued

Mar 23, 2011

York Suburban exhibit focuses on Nazi resistance movement

(YDR) Hans and Sophie Scholl were college students when they organized a Nazi resistance movement, distributing pamphlets to encourage the German people to stand up to oppression.
When they were found guilty of treason and executed in 1943, they were just a few years older than the students at York Suburban High School who study them each year. ... The exhibit, which includes 45 panels of photographs and information, is on loan from the White Rose Society in Germany. Students designed how the exhibit is set up in the library, where books related to the Scholls, the Holocaust and related subjects accompany it. Continued

Photo: Description: Photograph of a student resistance movement called the White Rose, active in Germany during the Third Reich. The image shows Hans Scholl (left), Sophie Scholl (center), and Christoph Probst (right)(Willi Graf and Alex Schmorell are missing on this picture), Munich, Germany, 1942. Photograph from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum via Wikipedia.

Mar 22, 2011

Charles Carroll (barrister)

(Wikipedia) Charles Carroll (March 22, 1723 – March 23, 1783) was an American lawyer and statesman from Annapolis, Maryland. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1776 and 1777. ... In 1760 he completed construction of his summer home and estate at Georgia Plantation, west of Baltimore. He named the home [Mount Clare] after his grandmother. In June of 1763 Charles married, to Margaret Tilghman (1742-1817), daughter of Matthew Tilghman of Talbot County. Although the couple had no children who reached maturity, they remained together until his death. She became the mistress of Mount Clare, and earned a reputation for her greenhouse and pinery, where she grew oranges, lemons, and pineapple. Continued

Mar 21, 2011

The Great Disappointment

(Wikipedia) The Great Disappointment was a major event in the history of the Millerite movement, a 19th century American Christian sect that formed out of the Second Great Awakening. William Miller, a Baptist preacher, proposed based on his interpretations of the prophecies in the book of Daniel (Chapters 8 and 9, especially Dan. 8:14 "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed"), that Jesus Christ would return to the earth during the year 1844.
... Between 1831 and 1844, on the basis of his study of the Bible, and particularly the prophecy of Daniel 8:14—"Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed,"—William Miller, a Baptist preacher, predicted and preached the imminent return of Jesus Christ to the earth. He first assumed that the cleansing of the sanctuary represented purification of the Earth by fire at Christ's Second Coming. Then, using an interpretive principle known as the "day-year principle", Miller, along with others, interpreted a prophetic day to read not as a 24-hour period, but rather as a calendar year. Further, Miller became convinced that the 2,300 day period started in 457 B.C. with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem by Artaxerxes I of Persia. Simple calculation then revealed that this period would end—and hence Christ’s return occur—in 1843.
Despite the urging of his supporters, Miller never personally announced an exact date for the expected Second Advent. However, in response to their urgings he did narrow the time-period to sometime in the Jewish year 5604, stating: “My principles in brief, are, that Jesus Christ will come again to this earth, cleanse, purify, and take possession of the same, with all the saints, sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.” Continued

Photo: A playful caricature of a Millerite, an adherent of the Adventist preacher William Miller who predicted that the world would end on April 23, 1844. The man sits in a large safe labeled "Patent Fire Proof Chest," stocked with a ham, a fan (hanging on the door of the safe), cheese, brandy, cigars, ice, a hat, and a small book marked "Miller." As he thumbs his nose, he says "Now let it come! I'm ready." The "salamander safe," probably a trade name of the period, is named after the animal mythically reputed to have the ability to endure fire (and, presumably, the holocaust) without harm. (Library of Congress)

Mar 19, 2011

A peek into 19th century health care

(YDR) Dr. Benjamin F. Porter was a Chanceford Township physician from 1855 until his death in 1886. A few years ago his great-granddaughter donated two of his ledgers, covering 1870 to 1886, to the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. They give a fascinating glimpse into the interaction between a 19th century country doctor and his patients. Continued

Photo: Sign in front of doctor's office, symbol of the horse and buggy doctor (Library of Congress).

Amtrak locomotive engineer built an operating scale steam engine in his Hampden garage

(Baltimore Sun) In the eyes of anyone who loves railroading, Norman L. Warfield Sr., a retired Amtrak locomotive engineer, was a lucky man. During his lifetime, he got to play with real locomotives and diminutive ones.Warfield, who had celebrated his 70th birthday in January, died less than a month later of cancer in Baltimore.The Baltimore native, who was raised in Hampden and graduated from Polytechnic Institute, became an apprentice tool and die maker and worked at his trade in machine shops in Maryland and New Jersey. Continued

Photo: Amtrak train north of Perryville, MD (MDRails).

Mar 18, 2011

Edward Everett Horton

(Wikipedia) Edward Everett Horton (March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American character actor with a long career in film, theater, radio, television and voice work for animated cartoons.
Horton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Isabella S. Diack and Edward Everett Horton. His mother was born in Matanzas, Cuba to Mary Orr and George Diack, immigrants from Scotland. Many sources state that Edward Everett Horton's grandfather and namesake was Edward Everett Hale, author of The Man Without a Country. Horton attended the Baltimore City College high school in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was inducted into that school's Hall of Fame. Continued

Mar 17, 2011

Constellation Heading Back To Inner Harbor

(WBAL) The Constellation is heading back to Baltimore's Inner Harbor following repairs for rot caused by rainwater.
The historic warship is expected to leave dry dock Monday in nearby Sparrows Point and head back with the submarine Torsk, which also has been undergoing repair. Continued

The Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum

The Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum at Lemmon Street is a historic site that celebrates the history of the immense Irish presence in Southwest Baltimore City in the late 1840's. The museum officially opened on June 17th, 2002. This site consists of a group of 5 alley houses where the Irish immigrants who worked for the adjoining B&O Railroad lived. Two of the houses, 918 and 920 Lemmon St., are the Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum. The Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum are the centerpiece of a larger historical district that includes the B&O Railroad Museum, St. Peter the Apostle Church, the Hollins Street Market, and St. Peter the Apostle Cemetery. The museum is a project of the Railroad Historical District Corporation, a non-profit organization. Continued

Mar 16, 2011

Fort McHenry sees a new dawn

(Owings Mills Times) Touch-screens, a fresh film and a bigger visitor center await the Bicentennial
Oh, say, you can see Fort McHenry to better advantage now, thanks to its new Visitor and Education Center. It's bigger in size, sleeker in appearance and more savvy in exhibition design than the 1964 building it replaced.
As events start to unfurl for the War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration, even more people than usual will be attracted to the old fort. Continued

This Museum Has a Lived-In Look

(NYTimes) Reduced to its bare particulars, it can sound like one of the strangest museums in the world. It holds no special exhibitions in-house. It has no Web site of its own. Admission to the public is free, but it can take as long as six months to get in. For those who succeed, there are treasures on the order of John Singer Sargent, Asher B. Durand and Jacob Lawrence to be seen. Continued

Sergeant Stubby

(Wikipedia) Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – March 16, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. ... After returning home, Stubby became a celebrity and marched in, and normally led, many parades across the country. He met Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Starting in 1921, he attended Georgetown University Law Center with Conroy, and became the Hoyas' mascot. He would be given the football at halftime and would nudge the ball around the field to the amusement of the fans.
In 1926, Stubby died in Conroy's arms. His remains are featured in The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit at the Smithsonian. Continued

Mar 15, 2011

Marjorie Merriweather Post

(Wikipedia) Marjorie Merriweather Post a.k.a. Marjorie Merriweather Post Close Hutton Davies May (March 15, 1887 – September 12, 1973) was a leading American socialite and the founder of General Foods, Inc. She was 27 when her father died, and she became the owner of the rapidly growing Postum Cereal Company later becoming the wealthiest woman in America when her fortune reached approximately USD$250 million. Continued

Photo: Marjorie Merriweather Post Hutton Davies (Library of Congress).

Mar 14, 2011

Sylvia Beach

(Wikipedia) Sylvia Beach (March 14, 1887 – October 5, 1962), born Nancy Woodbridge Beach in her father's parsonage in Baltimore, Maryland, was one of the leading expatriate figures in Paris between World War I and II. ... In 1956, Beach wrote Shakespeare and Company, a memoir of the inter-war years that details the cultural life of Paris at the time. The book contains first-hand observations of James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Valery Larbaud, Thornton Wilder, André Gide, Leon-Paul Fargue, George Antheil, Robert McAlmon, Gertrude Stein, Stephen Benet, Aleister Crowley, John Quinn, Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, and many others. Continued

Mar 13, 2011

Hieroglyphick Bible

(LoC) A hieroglyphic Bible replaces some of the words of the text with pictures in an attempt to tell a story in a direct, simple, and interesting way.Such Bibles became very popular in the late eighteenth century as an easy means of teaching the Scripture to the young. In his preface to this volume, Thomas offers this first American hieroglyphic Bible, more extensively illustrated than its English prototype, as not only a pleasing method of teaching Bible lessons to children, but as "an easy Way of leading them on in Reading." Continued

Mar 12, 2011

Library Benefactor Andrew Carnegie

(LoC) On March 12, 1901, Andrew Carnegie, one of the world's foremost industrialists, offered the city of New York $5.2 million for the construction of sixty-five branch libraries. The Scottish immigrant's fortune eventually would establish many more libraries and charitable foundations.
Born in 1835, Carnegie immigrated to the United States in 1848 with his parents. Working in American industry and making shrewd investments, he amassed a fortune before the age of thirty. In the 1870s, he noted the potential of the steel industry and founded J. Edgar Thomson Steel Works near Pittsburgh, which eventually evolved into the Carnegie Steel Company. The company boomed, and in 1901, Carnegie sold it to financier J. P. Morgan for $480 million, received $250 million as his personal share, and retired. Continued

Mar 11, 2011

The Great Blizzard of 1888

(Wikipedia) The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11 – March 14, 1888) was one of the most severe blizzards in United States recorded history. Snowfalls of 40-50 inches (102-127 cm) fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and sustained winds of over 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15.2 m). Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week.... The storm, referred to as the Great White Hurricane, paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Telegraph infrastructure was disabled, isolating New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. for days. From Chesapeake Bay through the New England area, over 200 ships were either grounded or wrecked, resulting in the deaths of at least 100 seamen. Continued

Photos: NOAA

Mar 10, 2011

3rd annual Cask of Amontillado Wine Tasting Among the Bones

(Baltimore Sun) Watch dramatizations of some of Poe's most famous works, sip wine, tour Poe's gravesite and the adjoining catacombs, have your palm read, even be photographed with Poe's corpse! What better way to celebrate the master of the macabre and his literary affinity for the kind of sherry known as Amontillado? Continued

Mar 9, 2011

Remembering the MA&PA Railroad

(Aegis) ... The most accommodating railroad men in the world must have worked on the Ma and Pa. They would wait for regular passengers and they could be flagged down at almost any spot to pick up more travelers. The engineers and the firemen always waved to us and often treated us to an extra toot on the diesel's horn or an ear-splitting blast on the steam whistle when the freights went by with throttle wide open. That meant, of course, that the Ma and Pa was hurtling along at 20 miles an hour on the down grade. Continued

Photo: MA&PA Railroad, Forrest Hill, Maryland by unknown photographer (MDRails).

Survivors of Amistad Mutiny Released

(LoC) The Supreme Court issued a ruling on March 9, 1841, freeing the remaining thirty-five survivors of the Amistad mutiny. Although seven of the nine justices on the court hailed from Southern states, only one dissented from Justice Joseph Story's majority opinion. Private donations ensured the Africans' safe return to Sierra Leone in January 1842.
The events leading up to the decision began on July 2, 1839, when Joseph Cinqué led fifty-two fellow captive Africans, recently abducted from the British protectorate of Sierra Leone by Portuguese slave traders, in a revolt aboard the Spanish schooner Amistad. The ship's navigator, who was spared in order to direct the ship back to western Africa, managed, instead, to steer it northward. When the Amistad was discovered off the coast of Long Island, New York, it was hauled into New London, Connecticut by the U.S. Navy. Continued

Mar 8, 2011

The Deadliest Book Review

(NYTBR) ... But in Fitzhugh Coyle Goldsborough, Phillips found an enemy even more formidable than Roosevelt. Goldsborough hailed from the gilded aristocracy that Phillips regarded as so destructive to America. The Goldsboroughs of Maryland were venerable. An ancestor was a delegate to the Continental Congress who just missed out being a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Another was a commander in the War of 1812 who later became a senator. Fitzhugh’s father, a doctor and Civil War veteran, relocated the family to Washington, D.C., where Fitzhugh was raised in a home a few blocks from the White House. Continued

Photo: David Graham Phillips

1782: Gnadenhütten massacre

The Gnadenhutten massacre, also known as the Moravian massacre, was the killing on March 8, 1782, of ninety-six Christian Lenape (Delaware) by colonial American militia from Pennsylvania during the American Revolutionary War. The incident took place at the Moravian missionary village of Gnadenhütten, Ohio, near present-day Gnadenhutten. The site of the village was preserved. A reconstructed cabin and cooper's house were built there, and a monument to the dead was erected. The village site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In an unrelated event in 1755, during the French and Indian War (part of the Seven Years War), Native Americans allied with the French massacred 11 missionaries and converted Munsee Lenape at another Moravian mission village which however bore the same name; this event took place at Gnadenhütten, Pennsylvania, in the English colony. The term Gnadenhutten massacre is usually only used to refer to the 1782 event in Ohio. Continued

Photo by Bwsmith84, some rights reserved.

Mar 7, 2011

Fastnacht Day Tomorrow

York, PA (YDR) What's the secret to a successful Fastnacht Day?
According to Sam Hartman, owner of Hartman's Bakery in Spring Garden Township, it's the weather.
The local holiday, which is more widely known as Fat Tuesday, can fall in February or March depending on when Lent begins. According to Hartman, the earlier, the better.
"You don't feel like a doughnut and coffee when it's nice out," he said. Continued

Mar 5, 2011

Howard Pyle

(Wikipedia) Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and writer, primarily of books for young audiences. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy.
In 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), and after 1900 he founded his own school of art and illustration called the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The term the Brandywine School was later applied to the illustration artists and Wyeth family artists of the Brandywine region by Pitz (later called the Brandywine School). Some of his more famous students were Olive Rush, N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Elenore Abbott, and Jessie Willcox Smith. Continued

Mar 4, 2011

Disunion: Lincoln Addresses the Nation

Abraham Lincoln delivered his first Inaugural Address on the East Portico of the Capitol 150 years ago today. Tens of thousands turned out, not only to see the new chief executive but to hear him speak about the nation’s roiling secession crisis. Would he offer compromise to the Confederate states? Or would he take a hardline stance on the besieged Fort Sumter and other hotspots? The Disunion editors asked four Lincoln scholars for their thoughts on the speech.

Ted Widmer: Better Angels
Daniel W. Crofts: The Other 13th Amendment
Richard Striner: Lincoln’s Threat to the Supreme Court
Harold Holzer: Lincoln’s ‘Flat Failure’

Read Lincoln’s Inaugural Speech »


Harry Gilmor, a partisan ranger in the Confederate army, who was from the Towson Maryland area, is often spoken of in a lighthearted manner. He was a picture-book cavalry officer who loved to have fun, not as much as the next guy, but more. This contrasts strongly with his war record, which was impressive, and his death, years after the war, which was terrible. Here's some of his obit, from the Baltimore Sun:

"Colonel Harry Gilmor, the celebrated Confederate cavalry officer, after a lingering and painful illness, died at five minutes past 8 o’clock last night at his residence, No. 43 First Street, just beyond the city limits. Colonel Gilmor had been suffering acutely for several months past from a cancerous affliction in the left side of his face, which resulted from a diseased jaw-bone. His right side was paralyzed and the left side partially so on last Monday morning, and from that time he gradually sank, until death brought relief. Several years ago the Colonel had a tooth extracted, the roots of which had grown into the bone, and in the course of the operation the jawbone was fractured at a point where it had been weakened by a pistol shot wound received during the war. About two years ago he began suffering intense neuralgic pains, and these continued until last September. A consultation was held at this time between Prof. Alan P. Smith and Dr. G. Halstead Boyland at the office of Dr. T.C. Norton, when an exploring operation was performed, and a malignant disease of the bone was discovered. From that time the tumor began to grow, and assumed large proportions. The growth had extended throughout the left side of the face, and had forced the eye out of position, thus rendering him blind; as he had lost the right eye years ago." No matter what your feelings on the Late Unpleasantness, it's a terrible way to go. You can read the rest of Gilmor's Obituary here.

Photos: 1. "Confederate Hill" at Loudon Park Cemetery, where Gilmor is buried. 2. Harry Gilmor.

Mar 3, 2011

Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead at 110

(NYTimes) Frank Buckles, who drove an Army ambulance in France in 1918 and came to symbolize a generation of embattled young Americans as the last of the World War I doughboys, died on Sunday at his home in Charles Town, W.Va. He was 110.
His death was announced on his Web site.
He was only a corporal and he never got closer than 30 or so miles to the Western Front trenches, but Mr. Buckles became something of a national treasure as the last living link to the two million men who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in “the war to end all wars.” Continued

Photo: Frank Woodruff Buckles (Library of Congress)

Who Invented the Corn Cob Pipe?

(Firecured) I recently read an article in Pipes Magazine titled Corn Cob Pipes - Almost 150 Years Old and 3,000 Produced per Day. It's a pretty good article and the video is not to be missed, but the title got me to wondering: Just how old are corn cob pipes? While it's true that the Missouri Meerschaum company has been making an improved version of the corn cob pipe since 1869, they must have been around before that. A quick walk around Google Books confirms this. Continued

Photo: Library of Congress

Mar 2, 2011

Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

(NYTBR) ... Not since the heavenly dressing crew worked its miracle in “Cabin in the Sky” has anyone labored as hard to rehabilitate Waters’s image as Donald Bogle has in writing “Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters.” Bogle, a historian of ­African-American entertainment and the author of several good books on the subject (including the influential “Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films”), has researched Waters thoroughly and presents, fastidiously, the great many facts of her long life and career. She began singing at age 21 in 1917 and remained active on television until 1972, five years before her death. The ­story he tells is a complex one of an almost tyrannically ambitious artist who broke racial barriers through a delicate and treacherous combination of will and accommodation. Continued

Photo of Ethel Waters by Carl Van Vechten

Mar 1, 2011

Saint David's Day

Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant) is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March each year. The date of 1 March was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David. Tradition holds that he died on that day in 589. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century. Continued

"Preserving Gettysburg's Monuments" at March Harrisburg Civil War Round Table

(Cannonba!!) "To Preserve and Protect: Civil War Monuments and Artillery at Gettysburg" will be the topic at the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table on Friday, March 25. The speaker is Victor C. Gavin, former chief of monument preservation at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Continued