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Item 1011 - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. 82, No. 1) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the 1979 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"Right's Crossing" by Richard Seltzer (34 pages).  The script of a fictional play about the American Revolution and the  stategic importance of the Wright's Ferry (the site of modern Columbia) on the Susquehanna River. The play concerns events of December 1777, while the Congress was meeting across the river at York, PA and General Washington's army was at Valley Forge. Some of the characters are actual historical figures.

"Black Rock Forges and Rock Furnaces" by Albert W. Shertz (9 pages). The article concerns the information on the Black Rock Forge (near Quarryville and Kirkwood, on the Octorara Creek). The forge was built in 1800 and continued in operation until about 1856. The article contains a map of the site, an artists rendering of the site, and data on output, etc.

"Lancaster's Streetcar Suburbs" by Gary R. Hovinen (10 pages). The article concerns the extension of the streetcar system for the city of Lancaster into the suburbs and as far out as Columbia and Lititz between the 1890's and 1910's. The lines, owned by the Pennsylvania Traction Company (and later the Conestoga Traction Company), spurred development of Lancaster's suburbs.

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Item 3005 Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Winter, 2005) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the Winter , 2005 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"The Origin of Organized Lutheranism in Lancaster County,  Pennsylvania" by Frederick S. Weiser, edited by Jed H. Kensinger. The article provides early history of the Lutheran Church in Lancaster in the early 1700's (24 pages).

"Black Sailors from Lancaster"  by Glenn Knight. The article provides data on known Afican American sailors who came from Lancaster, PA and who served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War (6 pages) .

"Bookplates by David McNeely Stauffer" by Gerald S. Lestz. Stauffer was a member of Independent battery I, Pennsylvania Light Artillery during the Civil War. Later, he became a well-known civil engineer and artist. He was well-known for his design of persnal bookplates, and this article addresses his bookplates (4 pages).

"Lancaster County Communities: Mars Hill to New Haven" by John Ward Willson Loose. The article provides brief paragraphs on Lancaster communities providing info.  on their location and sometimes their origin (13 pages).

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Item 3006 - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Spring, 1961) containing the articles listed below.  This is an original copy of the Spring , 1961 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"The Christiana Riot: An Evaluation of Its National Significance"  by Roderick Nash (26 pages) - The Christiana Riot, an 1851 skirmish between slaveowners and those opposed to them, is considered by historians to be be the first action of the impending Civil War.

"Postscript to the Old Buck Cannon" by M. Luther Heisey (2 pages) - Recounts the final 1882 destruction of the famed Griffen Gun provided to the Democrats of Lancaster by its inventor, John Griffen.

"The Le Tort Family: First Christia Family on the Conestoga" by Evelyn A Benson (14 pages) - The story of the Letort family which moved to Lancaster County in the very early 1700's.

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Item 3007 -30th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E Unit History -  This is a copy of a rare, short regimental history written by a member of the unit, the First Pennsylvania Reserves (30th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry) Company E, the "Lancaster Guard." The author''s name is Henry Flick, the work is entitled "Official Record of Henry Flick" and coveres his experiences with the unit between 1861 and 1864.  It includes information on his enlistment and the following actions: Seven Day's Battles, Second Bull Run [2nd Manassas], Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Rappahannock, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania,  and "Coal Harbor and Besada Church" (Cold Harbor and Bethesda Church), as well as some poetry. The work is his first-hand account. The original was 23 pages in 3 1/2" x 5" format. We have copied it with four pages to one sheet, so our version is 8 pages in length. The work includes a photo of the author as a veteran in GAR clothing.

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Item 3008 - Thaddeus Stevens, Congressman - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Michaelmas, 1974) containing an article on Congressman Thaddeus Stevens.  The article is entitled "Thaddeus Stevens as a Lancaster Politician 1842-1868"  by Robert J. Hoelscher. It exhaustively covers the career of this famous powerful Representative of the Civil War Congress.  The article is 56 pages long (including endnotes).  This is an original copy of the 1974 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3010 -  Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Summer, 1962) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the 1962 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"Gallant 79th" bu M. Luther Heisey (22 pages) - The history of the 79th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry's service in the Civil War. The unit had been raised mainly in Lancaster, County, PA and served as part of the Army of the Cumberland, seeing heavy action at Perryville, KY and also Chickamauga, GA. T

"Professor Koeppen: Right or Wrong?"  by Lawrence Van Horn (3 pages)  - Concerns the views of Professor Adolphus Koeppen of Lancaster's Franklin and Marshall College (1853-1861) and his view of the similarity between the North-South conflcit and the Athens-Sparta conflict.

"Ann Galbraith" by Marion Wallace Reninger (3 pages) - The story of  the first female political worker in Lancaster County (1730's), supporter of the Revolution and wife of General Assembly Representative Andrew Galbraith.

General Edward Hand, Experimental Farmer." The article concerns the general's research on the use of plaster of Paris as an application to fields and also the "General Hand Plum."

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Item 3011  Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Hilarymas, 1974) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the 1974 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"Two Monuments for the Fifteenth President of the United States" by Homer Rosenberger (28 pages). The article concerns the monument to Buchanan in Washington, DC's Meridian Hill Park and the monument at his birthplace in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA

"Emanuel V. Gerhart: Churchman, Theologian and First President of Franklin and Marshall College" by Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. (28 pages).

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Item 3012 - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Trinity, 1968) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the 1968 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"Protecting the Buchanan Papers" by Homer Rosenberger (32 pages). The article concerns the efforts in the 1870's and 1880's to preserve the papers of James Buchanan, many of which are a defense of his public policies.

"The Great Ideas of Robert Fulton" by Marion Wallace Reninger (17 pages). The article addresses Fulton's life, and his many ideas and inventions, including his steam engine, his submarine, his excavator, etc.

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Item 3014 - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Easter, 1968) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the 1968 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"In Recognition of Their Prominence: A Case Study of the Economic and Social backgrounds of an Antebellum Negro Business and Farming Class in Lancaster County" by Carl Oblinger (18 pages). The article studies a portion of  the Lancaster Black community of 1850-1860 through available records.

"Gilmore Day: Lancaster Musical Holiday Honoring Patrick S. Gilmore" by Mrs. Erwin H. Johnson (13 pages). The article addresses the annual Gilmore Day celebtrations which were held in Lancaster in 1905 through 1908, and again in 1968.

"State History Textbooks: Essays in Ethnocentrism" by John Robert Moore and William B. Fink (17 pages). A study of thirty representative texts revealed blatant ethnocentrism.

"Last Child Born in the White House" by Miriam Eyde Bixler (4 pages). The birth of Francis Bowes Sayre, Jr. on January 17, 1915 in the White House. Sayre was the grandson of Martha Nevin of Lancaster County.

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Item 10001 - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Spring, 1963) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the 1963 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"Cornwall's iron Economy" by Kenneth Ressler (26 pages). The story of the Cornwall Ore Banks, iron production, and the Grubb and Coleman families of ironmasters from the early 1700's to the late 1800's.

"West Hempfield Townshio With map of Original Land Draughts" by LCHS Staff (9 pages). The history of the Township, with a listing of those people who obtained land warrants from the Penn family, along with a map providing the location of the land grants.

"Wheatland's Landscape: 1848-1868" by John Shenk (8 pages). The landscape of the home of President Buchanan.

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Item 10002 - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Easter, 1967) containing the article listed below. This is an original copy of the 1967 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"Old St. Mary's Church, The Jesuit Period: 1741-1785" by Edgar A Musser (67 pages). The in-depth story of Lancaster's earliest Catholic Church, the work of the Jesuits among the Conestoga Indians, and info. on the early church leaders.

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Item 10012 - Wallace Nutting/Pennsylvania Beautiful -  This is a reprint of artist Wallace Nutting's 1924  book entitled Pennsylvania Beautiful (Eastern), which is "illustrated by the author with many examples of landscapes and old houses in all the counties herein described." The book covers the following counties: Lancaster, Bucks, Berks, Chester, Luzerne, Montgomery, Wyoming, Lackawanna and Philadelphia counties. The book also deals with regions such as the Poconos, the Water Gap, and the Susquehanna and has specific sections on Pennsylvania barns, roads, etc. The books consists of an artistic description of the author's visit to these areas. The book is profusely illustrated with photos and drawings. The book is indexed. This 1974 reprint was done by Bonanza Books fifty years after the original book was published. The book is virtually in new condition, with little wear and the original dust jacket. 302 pages 6 1/4" x 9 1/4".

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Item 10013 - Charles Demuth, Watercolorist/Artist -  Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. LII, No. 1, 1948) containing the article entitled "Charles Demuth" By Mrs. John E. Malone.  The article is written from the author's personal recollections of Demuth, the personal recollections of others that knew him and contemporary newspaper articles about him. The article includes the history of the Demuth family, and a listingof the 29 watercolors of Demuth that were exhibited at Frackenthal Library of Franklin & Marshall College in 1848, The article has three black and white photos of Demuth watercolors, and a photo of the bust of Demuth by Arnald Ronnebeck. This is an original copy of the 1948  publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"! 18 pages.

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Item 10014 - Military Record of  Lancaster Countians (Pennsylvania) - Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. XLVIII, No. 4, 1944) containing the article entitled "Military Records of Lancaster Countians, 1784-1815" by Bertha Cochran Landis and Eleanore J. Fulton. Each of the alphabetical listings contains info. such as  rank, militaryn unit, name of spouse, where buried, and sometimes a reference to additional data in the Pennsylvania Archives. The article has three engravings of  veterans - George Bryan Porter, Adam Reigart, and Jasper Yeates.  27 pages. This is an original copy of the 1944  publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 10017 - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. 89, No. 2) containing the articles listed below. This is an original copy of the 1985 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

"Histoical Notes on the Construction Industry in Lancaster, Pa" by Robert Wohlsen (8 pages). The article addresses early carpentry organizations such as the Mechanics Society, and the beginnings and growth of the Wohlsen Construction Company.

"The Lancaster Crematorium: First in the USA" by John W. W. Loose  (7 pages). The story of the founding of the Funeral Reform Society in 1884 and the constructon and operations of the first public crematorium in the United States. The crematorium went out of use in 1900 (coming back on line recently). The article explains the operation in a first-hand account, and gives the complete list of early supporters of the movement. The article includes an image of the interior and exterior of the facility.

"The Hotel by the Railroad: Christiana Finest" by Melvern Evans, Jr.  (10 pages). The story of the Christiana hotel based on records and the recollections of a lad who spent time there as a child. The article provides info. on the turn-of-the-century hotel, its owners, staff and visitors.

"A Brief History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit" by Stephen R. Herr  (4 pages). The story of the Lancaster church from its beginnings in 1958.

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Item 10020 - Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. 49, No. 3) containing the article listed below. This is an original copy of the 1945 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent  condition.  6" x 9"!

"A History of St. John's (Center) Reformed Church, East Earl Township, Lancaster County" by Glenn Weaver (31 pages). This article traces the history of the church (located between Bowmansville and Terre Hill, PA) from the first congregation in about 1790 until 1943. The article includes info. on the various chruch buildings over the years, and the events of each pastorate, including those of Rev. John Guldin, Rev. Daniel Hertz, Rev. Stphen Schweitzer, Rev. Jonathan George, Rev. Lucian John Mayer, Rev. Jairus Wickert, Rev. William David Marburger, and Winfield Scott Brendle.

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Item 10022 - Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. 52, No. 3) containing the article listed below. This is an original copy of the 1948 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent  condition.  6" x 9"!

"Easter Customs of Lancaster County" by Elizabeth Clark Kieffer (19 pages). This article discusses Lancaster County Easter customs from their German beginnings, through the late 1800's. The article includes items such as traditionally dyed eggs, decorations, candy, church services, etc.

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Item 10023 - Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. 45, No. 1) containing the article listed below. This is an original copy of the 1941 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent  condition.  6" x 9"!

"Early History of Tobacco" by Horace Richards Barnes (24 pages). This article discusses the growth and  production of  tobacco in Lancaster County from the 1820's to the 1930's. It discusses the types of tobacco raised, the quantities, the costs, how it was stored and marketted. The article even addresses attitudes toward tobacco.

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Item 10025 -  Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. 45, No. 4) containing the article listed below. This is an original copy of the 1941 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent  condition.  6" x 9"!

"How Lancaster Grew, and What People Thought of It" by M. Luther Heisey (19 pages). This article concerns Lancaster from the early 1700's through about 1820. It discusses Lancaster becoming a Borough,  issues with native Americans, its service during the Revolution (including its serving as the nation's capital, quartering of British prisoners), efforts to bring trade through the canal, and Lancaster's efforts to be chartered as a city. The article includes many first-hand accounts.

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Item 10026 -  Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society (Vol. 55, No. 3) containing the article listed below. This is an original copy of the 1951 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent  condition.  6" x 9"!

"Old Millstones" by Paul B. Flory (14 pages). This article concerns the use of millstones in Lancaster, as well as how they were carved, and their distribution in Lancaster County.  part of the article is based on the interview with Wiliam Nagle (bon 1877)  who had been involved in the cutting of millstones. The article includes seevral photos and a reproduced 1869 advertisement.

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