The Story of a Cup of Coffee (and much more…)

Today someone might drive through Starbucks to get a cup of coffee.  During the Civil War…this group instead brought the coffee to you.  This is the story of a cup of coffee and much more…

The Organization That Grew to the YMCA

When a soldier heads to battle, there are many organizations that volunteer their services to help he or she and their families.  During the Civil War, this organization grew from the YMCA to fill those needs.  It’s a piece of history that few know…

The Adamantine Guard

It was called the Adamantine Guard…a military unit formed in one Pennsylvania County with over a century of service to the country.  But when it came time to preserve their history, the most important artifact was missing…or at…it just hadn’t yet been found…

A Bell That Took Time to Become Famous

July 4th, 1776.  It’s Indpendence Day in the United States and one of the symbols of our freedom is the Liberty Bell.  But most folks don’t know the real story behind that bell…a bell that really was not famous at all until more than a half century after that famous July 4th in Philadelphia…

When George Washington Surrendered

It was the only time General Washington ever surrendered an army…and that just may have everything to do with July 4th being our Independence Day…

Shaping Independence

It’s a war most American know little about, yet it’s a conflict that shaped America’s war for Independence just a few years later…Please update now

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…