The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has recently launched a new online database in honor of the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial. A variety of documents, maps, photographs, political cartoons, articles, letters, and journals will be available. Free archive access permitted for a limited time only. Visit the database
A House Divided: The Civil War Era and Dickinson College
This web-based archive presents the story of the American Civil War era through the experiences of the students and graduates of a unique college along the Mason-Dixon Line and the thousands of others whose lives they helped shape. Visit the site.
Underground Railroad Coalition Formed
Nearly three dozen local and regional historians and preservationists have joined to form the Adams County Underground Railroad Coalition. They intend to explore how the community can organize and take action in documenting the history of the Underground Railroad in the area. The greater Gettysburg community had significant and early involvement in helping freedom seekers. Thaddeus Stevens, who had established a law practice in Gettysburg, became known for his abolition sentiments. Quakers living in upper Adams County were among the first to aid the freedom seekers. The Adams County Anti-Slavery Society was formed at McAllister's Mill on July 4, 1836 by concerned community leaders.
The coalition hopes to welcome researchers who would aid in developing a comprehensive story of the UGRR activity in the area. Please contact Chuck Teague for more information at 717-338-9919 or Gettysburg@PAonline.com.