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ACHS Digital History Blog

Welcome to the blog of the Adams County Historical Society! We will post regular stories, photos, and updates that highlight the rich history of Gettysburg and Adams County, and the day-to-day operations of ACHS. Stay tuned for more!

 

Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place of 1,624 World War veterans, making up 23% of the total graves there. Nearly 500 of those veterans died in combat, in such places we know all too well—Pearl Harbor, Normandy, Guadalcanal.

Take a virtual tour of the national cemetery and learn the stories of some of those heroes of World War II. Tara Wenzel, retired from the Department of Defense, will be your guide through the cemetery, bringing a new perspective on this sacred place in Gettysburg.

Following the Reconstruction Era and into the early 20th century, Devil's Den attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. Enterprising photographers and clever local citizens alike left their mark on these early Gettysburg tourists.

Have you heard about the Devil's Bath? Historian Tim Smith talks about the geology of Devil's Den.

Another installment of "Ask a Historian!" Tim Smith and Andrew Dalton will answer your questions about the First Day's Battlefield at Gettysburg - the farms, families, soldiers, monuments - you name it, we'll give you our best answer!

We salute Commander Helen M. Bunty, a Navy nurse in two world wars. A native of Adams County, she devoted her life to service with the military.

The Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) has officially broken ground for a first phase of construction at the site of its new home.

During World War I, many women in the U.S. volunteered to serve as military nurses, and by war’s end more than 22,000 American nurses had served our country.

The Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) is one step closer to a new home.

From Gettysburg’s earliest days, its Black denizens established churches, businesses, civic groups, and schools. In 1863, they listened, at a distance, to Abraham Lincoln’s stirring words. Later, they organized for the right to vote and fought to end discriminatory practices in a town that many around the world associate with freedom, union, and the American dream.

Part 2 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'The Hero'.

Part 1 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'The Hero'.

Part 4 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'The Eye of God'.

Abraham Lincoln arrived in the town of Gettysburg in the early evening on November 18, 1863. The next day, he would deliver remarks during the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery - today we remember this as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Join ACHS trustee Jane Malone and several of her grandchildren as they read accounts of children who were present at the dedication.

Part 3 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'The Eye of God'.

Election day 202 is fast approaching. Take a look back at early voting in Adams County and the country.

Part 2 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'The Eye of God'.

A look at the difficulties living on a frontier.

Assistance is rendered after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Many civilians cared for injured soldiers after the Battle of Gettysburg, but the experiences of young Sadie Bushman might surprise you.

Part 1 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'The Eye of God'.

Volunteers play an important role in our ability to fulfill our mission. Periodically the #15SouthBlog will profile some of our passionate volunteers!

Part 2 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'A Clean Slate'.

Part 1 of Elsie Singmaster's short story 'A Clean Slate'.

Volunteers play an important role in our ability to fulfill our mission. Periodically the #15SouthBlog will profile some of our passionate volunteers!

Biographical sketch of an early settler in the Pennsylvania Colony.

Discover some of the interesting facts surrounding the creation of the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Volunteers play an important role in our ability to fulfill our mission. Periodically the #15SouthBlog will profile some of our passionate volunteers!

Did George Washington stay overnight at a local tavern? Read this weeks article to find out!

Read the second half of Elsie Singmaster's 'The Survivors' short story.

Read the first half of Elsie Singmaster's 'The Survivors' short story.

Learn about the history behind the Soldiers National Orphanage Homestead.

Check out this sensational artifact unearthed in the Gettys Tavern dig!

Learn about the man behind one of Gettysburg's most famous maps. In 1864, a rare map of burials on the Gettysburg Battlefield was published in Philadelphia under the name "S. G. Elliott." But who was Elliott, and what is the story behind this incredible resource? This article features original research on Elliott and a MAJOR discovery about Elliott's work on an entirely different battlefield- Antietam.

The stage is set for opening of the Battle of Gettysburg.

A recap of the events days before the Battle of Gettysburg.

Read chapter 6 of Elsie Singmaster's Emmeline.

Read chapter 5 of Elsie Singmaster's Emmeline.

Read chapter 4 of Elsie Singmaster's Emmeline.

Read chapter 3 of Elsie Singmaster's Emmeline.

Read chapter 2 of Elsie Singmaster's Emmeline.

Read chapter 1 of Elsie Singmaster's Emmeline.

Learn about civilian contributions during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Catch up on the latest from the Gettys Tavern dig!

Preview what you can learn about in the volume of our annual journal!

Learn about how a Liberty Bell replica was used to generate interest in the suffrage movement.

Learn about a fascinating local author!

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