Tag Archives: PA

Hometown pride

I grew up in a beautiful and historic spot on the East Coast – Lancaster, Pennsylvania, county seat of Lancaster County which was founded in 1729. Lancaster is often called the oldest inland city in America… granted a moniker that … Continue reading

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America’s crown jewel – Independence Hall

If you asked most people to name the crown jewel of American history places, they would probably, maybe, hopefully say Independence Hall in Philadelphia. After all, the nation’s most important documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, were debated … Continue reading

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Visiting the Moon

Let’s talk about a history site that is not open to visitors and that only twelve people have ever visited… the Moon. Did you ever think about the Moon as a history site? Some day in the future, it is … Continue reading

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A rhapsodic bike ride in Philly

The Wissahickon Creek valley runs through Philadelphia and has been a refuge for weary urban folks for centuries. It has inspired artists and writers from Thomas Moran and Thomas Sully to Edgar Allan Poe who wrote: “Now the Wissahickon is of so … Continue reading

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An unexpected place in Philly

A diamond in the rough sits near historic Laurel Hill Cemetery not far from the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Many cities in America boast a wealth of historic churches and synagogues in various states of decline.  As the populations of America’s … Continue reading

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A “new” historic site in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a history lover’s dream because so many important history sites are packed into a small central area. I visit the city several times a year and never tire of a stroll past Independence Hall.  My last several trips, … Continue reading

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Swiss German history in Pennsylvania

Often we fail to visit the history sites in our own back yard. I lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for twenty-five years or so and never made it to the oldest house in Lancaster County, the Hans Herr house. I rectified that this … Continue reading

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