Keeping a COVID-19 Journal

For many of us, we often do not think that we will be living history: yet here we are. The spread of COVID-19, our subsequent national social distancing and self quarantining, and the effects of this pandemic on all aspects of our life is only starting to become...

When Artichoke Was King

In transcribing William Leister’s diaries from the early twentieth century, little details occasionally pop out at the reader and we ask ourselves, “What’s the story behind this?” For us, that occurred when we began transcribing Mr. Leister’s diaries beginning in 1923...

Dendrochronology: How Old is It?

When looking at an old building, it can be difficult to determine the age of a building. The building’s construction materials and decorative elements like trim, mouldings, and windows can provide a date range of of when it was built. Some buildings like stone farm...

Meet William Leister, Local Farmer and Diarist

Cover of Record Book, 1920 and 1923 Entries from William Leister’s diary, 1920. William Leister’s dairy, open to January, 1921. In 2018, Brian Hagey, the author of Paper, Quill and Ink: The Diaries of George Lukens, Towamencin Township Quaker, Farmer,...

Strange Colonial Cures

This blog post is an adaptation of the presentation for the Morgan Log House’s History Happy Hour on Friday, July 12, titled “Weird Cures and What They Do.” Our History Happy Hours are tied in with our temporary exhibit, “Leeches, Purging, and Magic: the Care and...