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Mystery in Coatesville Hungarian Community

Did you know that Coatesville had a vibrant Hungarian Community in the early twentieth century? Their culture and customs flourished around the churches they established in the west end of Coatesville along with the Poles, Slovaks and Ukrainians.

 A donation of photographs by Mary Maloney opened my eyes to this community.  As always there are some mysteries to be solved with some identifications for these photographs.  Here is the backstory.

History on Tap - Dr. Ann Preston, Pioneer for Women's Rights

History on Tap
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Whip: 1383 N. Chatham Rd., Coatesville, PA 19320

Come see Susannah Brody, one of Chester County’s most exciting story tellers, as she portray Dr. Ann Preston, one of America’s first female doctors and the keynote speaker at Pennsylvania’s first Woman’s Rights Convention on June 3, 1852 in West Chester, PA at Horticultural Hall (now the Chester County Historical Society). Brody will  share excerpts from Dr. Preston’s Convention.

Flag Honors Irish Immigrant

It looks like an ordinary flag, but it is not.  It is the coffin flag of one of my immigrant ancestors, and he is honored by its flight above the Chester County Historical Society.

 Claude H. Alexander was born in Dublin in 1894, the third son born to Joseph Fisher Alexander and his wife Kathleen.  Joseph was a civil engineer and work was hard to find in Ireland, so he took a job designing bridges for the Union Pacific Railroad in Quebec. His wife and two older sons went with him in 1905 to Canada; Claude and his younger brother were left behind with his Aunt Edie.

Genealogy Workshop

Chester County Historical Society to Host Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 6, 2017