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Early Closing for Staff Training on April 6

On Thursday, April 6, will be closing early at 3pm for staff training. The Research Library and Archives will close at 2:45pm. There will still be a 3pm Wheatland tour. If you have any questions regarding a visit to on this day, please call 717-392-4633. Thank you!

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Haldeman Family Papers and Business Records: A Flower from Pompeii Print Email
Written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern   
April 15, 2016

written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern

The Haldeman family really enjoys traveling. The set of letters I’m currently working on are from Samuel Haldeman who toured Europe roughly a decade before his son did. He visited most of the same locations, but one particular letter held an interesting addition. In his description of Pompeii, he included a sample of a flower found near the remains of a temple. The flower is still in the letter, dried up but intact. Now the only issue is identifying it. So far Google has been a bust, but maybe one day I’ll stumble across a plant guide for southern Italy.

Haldeman Family Papers and Business Records: 19th Century Vacations Print Email
Written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern   
April 12, 2016

written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern

So starting this week I'll be working on the Haldeman family letters. These documents are mostly focused on Samuel and Mary Haldeman and their children Carsten, Eliza, Frances (Fanny), and Victor. This collection gives us glimpses into the life of an upper-middle class family throughout the mid-1800s. And my work starts with a collection of letters from Carsten about his travels in Europe in the late 1860s. People back in the 1800s really knew how to take vacations. Well, I say vacations but according to Carsten's letters I'm working on it is a trip through Europe for health reasons. And while there do seem to be legitimate concerns for his throat (apparently he'd had a tumor forming on his vocal chords that the American doctors were having trouble treating), Carsten Haldeman sure did a lot of sight-seeing for a man recovering from a throat illness. The letters that he'd sent came from all over: London, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, Baden Baden, Rome, Venice. Where, or rather why, does he have the time for this?


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