Archaeology and American History
When people think of history, it is usually as documentary history. However, archaeologists and historians are discovering the value of the artifacts from the past in telling the story of America. This slide lecture describes the relation of archaeology to American history, using the site of Landingford Plantation on the Chester Creek as an example. The Landingford Plantation houses the oldest continuous standing house in southeastern Pennsylvania. It was built by a friend of William Penn, and then passed through a series of owners from the time of the Enlightenment to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the latter exemplified by Crozer, the founder of the Crozer Mills in Upland, PA. Dr. Mitchell S. Rothman
The End of the Rainbow: The Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush!
"GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! GOLD!" screamed the July 17th extra edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "68 rich men on the steamer, Portland. STACKS OF YELLOW METAL!" The news of the strike in Alaska caught the nation in the grip of a feverish obsession. By the end of the week scores of inexperienced and ill-prepared people left their jobs, sold their possessions and set out to prospect for gold in the Yukon. In the end 100,000 people, many outfitted for everything except what they would need, were caught in a stampede. This talk illustrated by period photographs, will tell the story of the Alaskan Gold Rush. It will show how the press and the general frustrations and obsessions of the period contributed to one of the strangest events in our history. Ms. Ann Guinan
Architectural Treasures from the Keystone State
Every building has a story to tell. The rich architectural heritage of Pennsylvania is explained with slides of banks, barns, churches and houses from all over the state. Learn to look for the special features and styles that make old buildings worth preserving. Mr. Steve Abrams