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By Robert Wood Columnist |

The Historian: Clothing the family

During the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries, clothing the family was no small undertaking to the already burdened farm wife. Added to that was the job of providing fabric for such things as bed sheets, ticking, pillow cases, hand towels and ...

By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    PERSON TO PERSON – IMPACT: When “Faith” came to live with us

    When my brother and his family visited us about 12 years ago from Vermont, our niece, Becca, for some reason thought my wife really liked pink flamingos. Therefore, she gave the above flamingo to her and shortly after the flamingo was graced with the name Faith.

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: A Most Interesting Diary

    A most interesting diary has come to light. Found by historian Nancy Roan, it was created by Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer from 1839-1845. Diaries and journals, called “primary source documents,” are the gold standard in historical research. They are usually to be trusted above all other sources. There are few local primary source documents with an early date such as this one.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900’s as seen by Photographers; H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part II)

    Unlike Winslow Fegley, Amandus Moyer photographed life in the Oley Hills, around Fredericksville and the tavern at Landis Store, where frontier farmers lived more in seclusion. But being a very popular visitor at the Lobachsville Tavern and general store partly due to the curiosity driving his new automobile, he did fancy photographing good looking horses and their drivers, whether they drove a one-horse buggy or a team of horses. Since his farm was along Hoch’s corner where the...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

  • Opinion

    From Arthur’s Policy Desk: The President and the Power of Faith Through Grace

    On June 26th, President Obama, gave a eulogy for State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in his own church building, along with eight other African Americans, by a white man who had just finished worshiping with them in a bible study group. Of the Black Church, the President said, “Over the course of centuries, black churches served as “hush harbors” where slaves could worship in safety; praise houses where their free descendants could gather and shout...

    By Dr. Arthur Garrison Columnist |

  • Opinion

    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: Part #2 of Singin’ in the Rain

    Several decades ago I went to have some dental work done and the dentist gave me Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for my first and only time. My wife, Barb, was to pick me up but was a little late. As I walked out of the office, I found it was raining so I stood in the rain whistling as I waited. It reminded me of Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain as he kissed his girl under cover in front of her residence and danced and sang as he strolled down the street in just his business suit...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: Red rose ceremonies

    First page was in the Easton Express in 1986

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

  • Opinion

    From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Race, Racism and Christian Forgiveness

    June was an eventful month. It raised some interesting questions.

    By Dr. Arthur H. Garrison, LP.D. Columnist |

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Rural Folklife of the early 1900s as seen by Photographers: H. Winslow Fegley & Amandus Moyer (Part I)

    At the turn of the century into the 1900’s, when most of the nation was fascinated with the unbelievable results of automation and the beginning of a mobile America, there were a few who saw the opportunity to record that way of life that was soon to be antediluvian. Such were men like H. Winslow Fegley of Reading and Amandus D. Moyer of Lobachsville, Pennsylvania who, taking their hobby of photography seriously, embarked on a candid picture taking spree that captured for all the...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

  • Columns

    For what it’s worth: My personal food challenge

    I’ve had the house to myself for about a week, and I have another week to go. When there’s only one person—it’s easy to downsize a bit. And I decided to downsize in regards to hastily purchasing food.

    Rebecca Blanchard
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  • Opinion

    From the Item Editor: A Farewell to the readers

    This past March marked two years that I have been the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. It’s hard to believe how much has changed between that first day and now. Prior to starting, I had very little knowledge of the Hamburg area. I may have lived in Berks County all my life, but anything past Kutztown was an unknown land.

    Shea Singley
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