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Arsenic in the Leaven

Life for the Scottish Carothers clan in East Pennsborough, now Silver Spring Township, was neither calm nor peaceful in that tiny fragment of time between 1798 and 1801. Four murders occured within two of the families, the John Carothers and the Andrew Carothers.

Art From the President's House: A Portrait of John McClintock

Several notable paintings and portraits decorate the walls of the President's House of Dickinson College. Two favorites are the portraits hanging in the living room, of John McClintock and his first wife, Caroline Augusta. The portraits were given to the College by the Longacre family of Philadelphia, descendants of Caroline Augusta. Caroline's portrait was painted by Theodore Pine in 1850, when Caroline was thirty-six. Who painted John, and the year are unknown, but the work seems to have been done between 1836, when the McClintock's were married and 1850, when Augusta died.

The Artificial Swan, the Elephant, and the One Hundred Educated Canaries: Public Performance in Cumberland County 1800-1870

In the first decades of the nineteenth century, it was no simple matter for professional performers to get to the Cumberland Valley, and local newspaper coverage of entertainment is so sketchy that we can only guess at how often theatrical companies, musical groups, or other entertainers included Carlisle, Shippensburg, Chambersburg, and other towns on their itineraries. The first to advertise in the newspapers was a group of actors from Virginia and Maryland who came to Carlisle in October of 1791 and again in 1798. Both times, they stayed about a week and presented a series of currently popular plays, the most ambitious of which was Sheridan's The School for Scandal. On both occasions Carlisle was part of a circuit that took the company all the way from Yorktown, Virginia, to York, Pennsylvania.

Basket Ball--Carlisle Indians Triumphant

Winters in New England are lengthy and bitter, and the college-age students at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Training School (Springfield College today) in Springfield, Massachusetts in the early 1890s could become somewhat boisterous when weather conditions prohibited their going outside to participate in sports. Concerned not only with the students' unruliness but also with their physical fitness, Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick, the school's head of physical education, challenged his employee, Canadian-born James Naismith, to invent a game that the students could play indoors. Gulick gave him two weeks to come up with something.

Born in 1861 near Almonte, Ontario, Naismith graduated from Montreal's McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and while there was active in rugby, lacrosse, gymnastics, and football. He subsequently enrolled in McGill's Presbyterian College of Theology while serving his alma mater as an instructor of physical education. Upon graduation with a theological diploma in 1890, he departed for America for study and work at the Springfield YMCA Training School.

Bishop Henry Heisey Brubaker, Missionary from Mechanicsburg

While it may not be an historian's job to "praise famous men," it is his job to tell of men and women, famous or less so, and remember that they were human beings with a human capacity for the remarkable. Henry Heisey Brubaker—in the formal custom of the day, he always styled himself "H. H. Brubaker"—was an imposing figure in the Brethren in Christ Church during the middle years of the twentieth century. He was also my paternal grandfather's first cousin, a farm boy from Cumberland County stamped with the patterns of mind common to his age and origin. Just as those patterns shaped his life, through his life he reshaped them. It is my aim to sketch his life and offer his example for further study.

Boiling Springs

Boiling Springs is a unique 18th century industrial settlement that developed into a 19th century provincial village and recreational area. The name of the village and its multilayered history revolve around its important water resources. The name "Boiling Springs" is found in the earliest records of the area. This "Boiling Springs " designation was undoubtedly derived from the lake located on the tract.

Book Review: A Capitol Journey: Reflections on the Press, Politics and the Making of Public Policy in Pennsylvania

Vincent P. Carocci, A Capitol Journey: Reflections on the Press, Politics and the making of Public Policy in Pennsylvania. Penn State University Press, 2005. Photographs, index, 298 pages, hardcover $39.95.

Political loyalty is a major theme that runs through a new book taking an insider's view of doing at the state Capitol over the past forty years.

Book Review: A City Transformed: Redevelopment, Race, and Suburbanization in Lancaster PA

David Schuyler, A City Transformed: Redevelopment, Race, and Suburbanization in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1940-1980. University Park PA: Penn State Press, 2002. Photos, 278 pps., $19.95.

David Schuyler's A City Transformed is a story about the successes and failures with the redevelopment efforts in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Although this book chronicles Lancaster's redevelopment efforts, one can easily catch sight of similarities that Lancaster went through during this period with many other mid-size cities across the United States.

 Schuyler looks primarily at housing, downtown development, and suburban sprawl in his book.

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