One of the First Oil Boom Towns

In a moment we head to oil country in the U.S…but this isn’t a trip to Oklahoma, Texas or even Alaska…but a journey rather to one of the first oil boom towns in the country…

Sorting the Facts and Myths of Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe could write some amazing fictional tales…but perhaps some of most intriguing fiction was that he told about his own life.  We’ll try to sort some of the facts and myths

One of the Nation’s Most Famous Writers

He is one of the nation’s most famous writers and although he bounced from city to city, it was here in Philadelphia that his work began to be appreciated by all Americans…

Christmas Day 1776

It was Christmas Day 1776…the first Christmas for the young United States of America.  If not for the bravery of General Washington and his men…it might have been the only Christmas the new nation celebrated…

A Pivotol Point in the Revolution

On Christmas Eve 1776…a general and his men did not prepare for a meal or gift giving…but rather they prepared ammunition, supplies and boats for a pivotal point in the Revolution…

Crossing An Icy River on Christmas

It’s one of the most famous battles of the American Revolution…and it all began with the crossing of an icy river at Christmas…

Grinding Teeth Over the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson helped write the Declaration of Independence…but he wasn’t happy with the final product.  Why was Jefferson grinding his teeth and not talking to his fellow delegates?

The Unplanned Writer of the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson took an important role in writing our Declaration of Independence, but most people don’t know he wasn’t even supposed to be in Philadelphia for the meeting that drafted the document…

Picket’s Charge

Every Independence Day we remember those who have fought for our freedom.  One well known battlefield still draws thousands of visitors who learn about a man who made an ill fated charge…

John Burns & The Battle at Gettysburg

Imagine hitting the age to retire and then deciding to volunteer for the army.  That is what John Burns did.  The military rejected him. but then the battle came to him…

The Life of Punxsutawney Phil

FJ Alaska Banner AdHe is by far the oldest and wisest groundhog in the nation, and every February 2, you can be assured the eyes of the nation will turn to a place called Punxsutawney…

The Christiana Riot

It’s called the Christiana Riot – a showdown between a slave owner and those harboring his runaway slaves.  It led to bloodshed here just a few miles north of the Mason Dixon line…

The Bravery of Former Slaves

In the years before the Civil War, many people stood up for the cause of freedom and equality.  Some of those who showed the most bravery were former slaves…

A Strange Meeting

It was a strange meeting – a British general requested the assistance of an American signer of the Declaration of Independence. It took place at the largest battle of the Revolution…

A Battle Lost But An Army Respected

It was a place the new American nation lost, yet won – a battlefield where they stood ground for six consecutive baynotte charges and earned the respect of the British…

The Battle of Brandywine

In the first years of the American Revolution, General Washington lost many battles, but he always survived to fight another day.  The battle of Brandywine was one such place…

President Lincoln at the Gettysburg Depot

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014There was a mix of emotions when President Lincoln stepped onto the platform at this Gettysburg, Pennsylvania railroad depot.  There were feelings of sadness and loss, represented by the coffins awaiting shipment to loved ones.  Yet there was hope, signified by the commander and chief’s visit and the words of comfort he was about to share…

A Historic Railroad Depot

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Many communities have saved and then restored their old rail depots.  That’s the case for this small Pennsylvania town.  However, the depot here has more history than most, for it had connections to a famous battle and a favorite president…

The Luckiest Elephant Man in America

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Some people believe that a elephant figurine will bring you good luck.  If that is true, Ed Gotwald is the luckiest man in America. Regardless, his story is one that makes people smile and effects people’s lives in more ways than he could have imagined…

A Collection That Went Viral

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Lots of people collect things.  Sometimes the story of how and why they began collecting is more interesting than the collection itself. That may be the case for Ed Gotwald.  His collection is unique, but the story of a wedding gift that went viral is truly remarkable…