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Spencer F. Wilkerson: The 7th Ward Undertaker

From Notes From The Library

We have all been asked at least once in our childhood the cliché question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The images our seven-year-old minds usually conjure are of doctors in white lab coats, firefighters pulling cats out of trees, or our favorite second grade teacher. These careers we dreamt of […]

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A President’s Razor & The Tragedy at Lafayette Square

From Object Lessons

Article written by Patrick Clarke Edited by Emily Miller John Henry William Bonitz was born in Germany ca. 1840.  He immigrated to the United States in 1850 and by 1856, at the age of 16, he landed a job as a messenger clerk for the Secretary of War, Mr. Jefferson Davis. William’s son, Frederich, would […]

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Meet LancasterHistory’s Summer Intern Class of 2023

From LancasterHistory News

This summer, LancasterHistory welcomed five undergraduate students into our NEH Summer Internship Program. We also welcomed two students who worked exclusively on projects relating to the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center for History & Democracy. Starting in early June, the interns worked on various individual projects, participated in workshops, and travelled to other […]

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James Buchanan’s White House China

From Object Lessons

On the afternoon of April 19, 2023, I attended the inurnment ceremony of a relative at Arlington National Cemetery. Knowing I would be staying in the Washington D.C. area, I reached out to the office of Congressman Lloyd Smucker to see if I could participate in a public tour of the White House in the […]

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The Life & Accomplishments of Hong Neok Woo

From Archives Blog

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month celebrates and recognizes the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the rich history of AAPI individuals in the United States. In 2021, Lancaster County officially recognized May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month through a county proclamation. This was the first time […]

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Introducing the New (Old) Butler’s Pantry at Wheatland

From History From The House

LancasterHistory’s first major project of 2023 for President James Buchanan’s Wheatland is complete! Staff and contractors worked to create a historically appropriate space for the Butler’s Pantry during the mid-19th century. But what is the Butler’s Pantry, and what work was done exactly? Today, we seek to answer those questions… and more! What is the […]

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Commemorative Plaque Returns to Franklin and Marshall College

From Object Lessons

Honoring the Founding of Franklin College, 1787 In October 1937, Dr. Herbert H. Beck, Professor of Chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College and President of the Lancaster County Historical Society (precursor to LancasterHistory), presented a bronze plaque to the college from the historical society in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Franklin […]

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Honoring Ann Wood Henry

From Object Lessons

First Historical Plaque in Lancaster County to Honor a Woman Today marks 69 years since the dedication of a plaque erected in memory of Ann Wood Henry (1732-1799) on October 26, 1953. The LancasterHistory object collection contains a number of historic bronze plaques – some placed by the Lancaster County Historical Society (forerunner to LancasterHistory) […]

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