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Saturday, February 18, 2012


Over 60 years of interest in local history has proven to me that many people are interested in our past. When I was a boy of 12 or 13, I became completely fascinated with Harry Podmore's "TRENTON IN BYGONE DAYS" columns, and I later learned that I was not the only "Bygone Days" fan. This website has become very successful as more and more people discover the fascinating historical heritage of local history. "LOCAL HISTORY WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH" has proven to be a very popular feature of this website, as proven by the many folks who see a photo or article relating to a family member or close friend. The granddaddy of all local history reposes in the Trenton Public Library's "TRENTONIANA" collection. Unlike Hamilton Township whose early residents placed little interest in saving valuable historical documents and photos, the Trenton town fathers realized the value of local history and began saving these treasures over 100 years ago. Today, Ms. Wendy Nardi keeps the torch of local history lit. There is an evolving digital TRENTONIANA presence which has recently been added. There are numerous graphics of intense interest to the lover of local Trenton and area history.( Check it out; it is a FABULOUS experience!
This website is not the only source of interesting digital local history. The sites above are an absolute joy to read and absorb. Mike McNicol's CHAMBERSBURG site is growing like Topsy. There is a fierce hunger for material on the Chambersburg area. A year or so ago, I presented an on-screen presentation in the Kuser Mansion theater entitled, "Chambersburg; The Early Years." There was standing room only as those who love that legendary Trenton community came to indulge in a bittersweet journey into the past. Mike McNicol's
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Gary Lippincott's "GROVEVILLE MEMORIES" ( is a treasure trove of history from one of Hamilton's bucolic "Mayberry RFD" type communities, where everyone seems to know everyone else. Gary's knowledge of Groveville and its old time residents, along with Ms. Claire Dwier, a regular contributor to the site, provide a must see local history website."BROAD STREET PARK YESTERYEARS" ( another local history destination, presented by Jim Colello, a true Broad Street Park area local historian. Even as Gary Lippincott is a Groveville VFD local historian, so too is Jim as a chronicler of the Rusling Hose VFD. These two gentlemen have cleverly mixed their local history with the history of their fire companies. Don Whiteley's "DONWHITELEY.COM" ( is a fascinating take of Hamilton's fabled Yardville Heights area. Don's family was among the early residents in that lofty community off of South Broad Street in Yardville Heights. Don's home page is an invitation to return to the years of his youth as he recalls growing up in a much simpler time. Don was in the same Hamilton High Class of 1945 with my brother Bud. His memories of holidays past, as recalled by a very astute octogenarian, are priceless; don't miss them.

1 comment:

JoeZ said...

Thanks Tom for the new Trentoniana site.