Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society to host History Days

Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society will be sponsoring a “History Day” for the Harpers Ferry area. This is the first major project of the newly formed Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society, established to preserve and share Harpers Ferry area history. The group hopes to collect people’s old photos and other old history items of the Harpers Ferry area.
Two events have been scheduled to collect historical items and information:
Wednesday, July 23rd from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Building in Harpers Ferry. Oral histories and family stories will be video-taped or transcribed and a copy given to contributors from 1 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 13 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Harpers Ferry. Oral histories and family stories will be taken as well.
Dig out those old shoe boxes, photo albums, scrapbooks and boxes from the attic, basement, closet or under the bed and bring those treasures to be scanned and returned. Items could include: old photographs, postcards, slides, old phone books, obituaries, Bibles with old family histories, church directories, newspapers and articles, Piatt books, letters, diaries, old signs and advertisements, school records, documents, bills of sale, ticket stubs/programs and real estate documents.
Subjects of interest:  events such as parades, celebrations, school events, athletics, military service, farming, schools, churches, businesses, cemeteries, railroads, commercial fishing, boating, disasters and building of the lock and dam.
Volunteers will be needed to help with the “History Day” events.
To participate, volunteer or arrange for an appointment on a different date, contact Betty Palmer at 563-586-2642, Bill Nation at 563-586-2708 or Jane Hasek at 563-586-2554. More information is available at the Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library in Harpers, Ferry.
 

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