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In the Beacon Light Lambertville, NJ 1860 to 1900 By Sharon Bisaha
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For the person familiar with Lambertville and interested in its history there are many details; the city’s growth, modernization, conflicts, and entertainments. There is a more universal... More > story here as well. The years commencing with the Civil War and ending with the Spanish American War are often labeled the Victorian Age. It was a period of industrialization, westward expansion, invention, and social upheaval. These movements have been researched and described in many books of American history. By examining the local columns of a newspaper, one gets a glimpse into the impact these larger events and movements had on ordinary life. A historic movement, a new invention, a political shift arouses the historian’s analysis and paints our picture of the times. But how did the ordinary individual who was living at that time see and experience these historic events? This book addresses this question.< Less
A Great and Noble Work: The Volunteer Refreshment Saloons of Philadelphia During the Civil War By Sharon Bisaha
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In the 19th Century a saloon was any establishment that provided food or drink. The Volunteer Refreshment Saloons served no alcohol. What they did dispense was coffee and heaping plates of food as... More > good as the best hotels to the passing Union soldiers. These spontaneous gatherings of Southwark neighbors built two organizations, the Cooper Shop and the Union Refreshment Saloon, which operated throughout the Civil War and several months past its end as the soldiers returned home. Besides food, they provided fresh water for washing, reading and writing materials, and hospital care. This is the story of the people of the Philadelphia Saloons and their "grand and noble works" to support the Union cause.< Less