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Photo Archives News: New Additions to Walking Tour


Employees Dinner at the Quaker Restaurant, 1950s. Connie D'Annunzio in foreground at right, Johnny standing at the head of the table. Photo by Melvin L. Gurtizen.

Originally posted August 9, 2013

Photo Album Chronicles Life in African American Community

          Graduation 1921 - West Chester State Normal School

Originally posted May 17, 2013

I love puzzles to solve. Some of the donations received recently in the photo archives have mysterious aspects that invite detective-like research. These curious new accessions will become the new theme for this blog.

Photo Archives News: New Walking Tour - 1888

Gentleman on Market Street beside Chester County Courthouse, 1888. Photo by Horace Engle.

Originally posted April 4, 2013

Take a walk around West Chester in 1888 in the footsteps of photographer Horace Engle. How? By scanning a Time Machine QR code on participating partners’ windows with your smart phone or tablet to see a view taken on the spot where you are standing 125 years ago!

Photo Archives News: Cool Walking Tour Using Your Smartphone

High Street, West Chester in 1888. 

Borough Resident Brings Time Machine to West Chester

No Delorean, Just a QR Code Reader Needed

On the Edge of Discovery: Witness to the Civil War Draft

Alonzo Jefferis in 1870.

Originally posted June 20, 2012

On October 16, 1862 teenager Alonzo Jefferis described a moment significant in county and state history – the draft for the Chester County Militia.

On the Edge of Discovery: Pennsylvania Military Academy


Originally posted June 8, 2012

I was astonished by this carte-de-visite (CDV) of a young boy wielding a rifle outfitted with a bayonet, until I recalled that during the Civil War years there were two military academies in West Chester.

On the Edge of Discovery: The Orphans of the Battlefield


Originally posted May 15, 2012

The soldier fell beside the road; he knew he was mortally wounded. Taking his last breath he gazed at an ambrotype image of his three little children. "Oh if only….

On the Edge of Discovery: Local Man Witnesses Lincoln's Assassination

Originally posted April 27, 2012 

Kennett Square native, Isaac G.  Jaquette, Jr, witnessed Lincoln’s shooting in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, five days after the surrender at Appomattox was a defining moment in America’s history that plunged the nation into a deep state of mourning.


History's People: Rebecca Lukens, Tough as Nails

Imagine the year is 1825. You are a 31-year-old mother, pregnant with your sixth child. You've already lost two children in infancy. Your husband has struggled for a dozen years to build an iron-making business in the rolling backcountry of Chester County on the banks of  Brandywine Creek.  Suddenly he dies, leaving you alone. The ironworks employees are ready to leave and your overbearing mother implores you to abandon the business.