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On Thursday, April 6, LancasterHistory.org 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 LancasterHistory.org on this day, please call 717-392-4633. Thank you!

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Notes from the Thaddeus Stevens Collection Print Email
Written by Samantha Whitall   
February 4, 2016

Another week another blog post. One letter that really stuck with me was a request to Stevens concerning a recently deceased Congressman. I can’t remember who the writer was but I remember the Congressman’s name: John E. Bouligny. The request was for Congress to lend financial support to Bouligny’s widow and family. The writer kept mentioning how much this man lost when the war started, so I did some digging. Turns out that Bouligny was a Representative from Louisiana who deeply opposed the state’s secession. The man was basically exiled from his home state; he spent the rest of his days in D.C. and kept his seat in the House.  He died in February  1864 at the age of 40. Fascinating and a little bit sad all at once. Well, that’s all I have for this week. See you next time!

 
Notes from the Thaddeus Stevens Collection Print Email
Written by Samantha Whitall   
February 4, 2016

Howdy. My name is Sam Whitall and I’m a new intern at LancasterHistory.org and I am working on the finding aids for the Thaddeus Stevens Collection. I am a senior at Elizabethtown College with a major in Professional Writing and minors in History and Creative Writing. I was drawn to this internship because it combines both my interest in history and my skills in writing. So far, I’m one part excited and one part nervous about my work. The letters have been pretty entertaining to read…when I can read them. The handwriting is gorgeous (unless we’re talking about Thaddeus Stevens’ chicken-scratch which is terrifying to behold) but a real pain to decipher sometimes. The stories behind some of these letters are fascinating; in the first week I read a note from a front-line soldier asking when his brigade could finally go home and a correspondence from the foreign minister of the Hanseatic Republic. Hopefully, as my internship progresses, I’ll get better at translating extravagant cursive (really wished I’d paid more attention when they taught that in elementary school) and not have to ask for help every ten minutes.

 
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