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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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Archives Internship 2016: Thanks for the Opportunity Print Email
Written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern   
May 4, 2016

written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern

Well, this is it for me. Last week at LancasterHistory.org, last blog post. This past semester I’ve worked on the Thaddeus Stevens collection, the Haldeman family letters, the Slater Brown family letters, and the old minute books for the local Eastern Star. All in all, not a bad amount to get through in four and a half months. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work in the archives as well as shadowing the photography and library departments. Special thanks to Katie Fichtner and Heather Tennies for giving me the opportunity to work with these documents. Over the past few months, reading these old letters has given me glimpses into the past that history textbooks just can’t. I was allowed to look into the lives of these people and saw how they interacted with the ever-changing world around them. For a brief time, old ink and paper brought me back to a Pennsylvania we can only view through the pages of history. So again, thank you LancasterHistory.org, for giving me this opportunity.

 
Haldeman Family Papers and Business Records: Chickies Rock Print Email
Written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern   
May 4, 2016

written by Samantha Whitall, Archives Intern

Getting to the back of the Haldeman box, I stumbled across an old newspaper article dated May 12th 1957. I wasn’t quite sure what it had to do with the Haldeman family until I realized it was about Chickies, the home the family hails from (at least it’s on all their address lines on letters). The article concerned the route 441 project that would cut over the ridge, and, more importantly, make it easier for the public to access Chickies Rock. The area had been made into a park in 1893 with a dance pavilion and picnic area. It even had a trolley to take visitors to the top. However in 1896 there was a horrific trolley accident that killed 8 and injured 30. The park eventually shut down in the 1930s due to disuse. But popularity for the park steadily grew and with the route project on hand, many were hoping that attention could be given to reinvigorating the area. Glad to know that the plans for the park came through. Sadly though, I have yet to make the hike to the top of Chickies Rock. I should definitely that done before I graduate.

 
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