April 13, 2020

This week in 1884

Elizabeth Saraceno from BAPL South Side has finding lots of gems while researching local history at the library. Check out this article from 1884. That’s 136 years ago! The “local record” column includes observations such as “Country roads are again in a passable condition,” “Youthful spring appears in an overcoat and gum boots,” and “Straw hats have not yet come to the front.” It’s a little slice of life from the Lehigh Valley a long time ago…

"Local Record" newspaper article from 1884

Local History