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August 8, 2018

Dr. Alice Bennett and the Johnstown Flood

After the Johnstown flood, Dr. Alice Bennett travelled to Johnstown looking to aid victims of psychic trauma, but she stayed only a few days; while there were many people in a state of shock, what she had predicted—an epidemic of insanity—was not to be found.

July 10, 2018

Camp Horne – The Perfect Summer Retreat

Camp Horne was the dream of Albert H. Burchfield, a manager at the Joseph Horne department store and son of one of its founders. In 1907, he and fellow employees began raising funds to set up a summer camp where “juniors” - teenagers who worked as errand boys and package wrappers - could spend a week away from the smoky city camping in the outdoors completely free of charge.

June 4, 2018

Prohibition’s Legacy in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State is known for having some of the strictest alcohol laws in the U.S. Where did Pennsylvania’s liquor laws come from, and why are they so strict compared to other states? A look at the gubernatorial administrations of Gifford Pinchot provides some answers.