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tandt trans 65hCulture rarely stands still. New ideas are formed, new cultures arrive, new inventions are adopted. The people that shape and are shaped by culture are in a constant state of reaction and adaptation. The result is a history of turmoil and transition. This is true of Lancaster County and the nation. It is often within the times of greatest turmoil and transitions that we learn the most about what it means to be American. It is then that we learn what lies at the core of our uniquely American worldview. It is during those times of turmoil and transition, while our worldviews seem to be changing dramitcally, that we discover some ideals do, in fact, remain the same. These ideals—liberty & freedom, tolerance & diversity, democracy & the political process—were molded and shaped in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


John H. Pearsol (1818-1887)

mrpearsolJohn H. Pearsol (1818-1887) was a well-known printer for many years in Lancaster County. He was also a reformer. During America's Age of Reform, Pearsol dedicated his life to the Temperance Movement, a widespread, organized campaign aimed at regulating and even prohibiting the consumption of alcohol.

An Early Reformer
John Harper Pearsol's crusade against the consumption of alcohol began when he was three years old when a tragic event took the life of his mother. It was in the town of Marietta, late one night, when Pearsol's mother was shot while she attempted to mediate an argument between a drunken neighbor, William Hamilton, and his wife. Hamilton escaped the house but was later captured. He was tried and found guilty and sent to prison.

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For hundreds of years Lancaster has helped to shape the story of America.

 This program made possible through the generous support of

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the National Endowment for the Humanities

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