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The Story of Presidential Libraries and Their Archives

Why do we have presidential archives? Recent news about the preservation of United States presidential documents may raise questions in the minds of American citizens about why there are protected and preserved presidential archives. All citizens rec...


Common Sense: Education

Education is the subject of my third and last “Common Sense” piece for the Herald. My title is drawn from the pamphlet written by Thomas Paine, the American revolutionary whose writing raised the spirits of patriots in the hard winter of...


Common Sense: Immigration

My approach here, as a U.S. and Pennsylvania historian for fifty years, is to examine briefly how immigrants and immigration have been viewed and have adapted from colonial times to the present in Pennsylvania and in the nation as a whole; and to...


"The Best in America": Juniata Iron and Those Who Made It

In the Cove region there are roadside historical markers with the heading “Juniata Iron.” The few words state that there was a significant iron industry here from the late 1700s into the mid-1800s – but what was the basis of that industry and...


Automobiles, Influenza and Covid-19: History Shows No Equivalency

Contrary to what some public figures have suggested, there is no equivalency between the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and its resulting deaths, versus deaths from automobile accidents...


A Nonpolitical Historical Approach to Epidemic Disease Stages

Epidemics do not have politics. History shows that for the last 200 years, governments and health workers have reacted in much the same way to each epidemic. As an historian, I have been studying... Full story


The Cove Region's Role in Early Railroading at Home and Abroad

The Morrisons Cove region played a small but significant role in the early history of American railroads – with effects that reached to Europe. The story begins not in Pennsylvania, but in...


General Daniel Roberdeau: Immigrant, Merchant, Patriot

Many of the readers of the Herald have visited Fort Roberdeau in Tyrone Township, Blair County. There they have learned about the purpose of the fort, and about aspects of the Revolutionary War in...


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