Historic fife orchestrates the Battle of Lake Erie

Historic fife orchestrates the Battle of Lake Erie

The grog ration being served out, drums and fifes struck up the thrilling air “all hands, all hands, to quarters”, calling all to their respective stations. So wrote Usher Parsons, Surgeon’s Mate onboard the U.S. Brig Lawrence, describing the onset of the Battle of Lake Erie, a turning point in the War of 1812 and …

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American hero rocks the cradle, saves the Liberty Bell

American hero rocks the cradle, saves the Liberty Bell

  Whose hand was it that rocked this simple wooden cradle owned by John Jacob Mickley? That’s the question spurred by this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure submitted by Collection’s Advancement Project curator Diana Zeltmann. Made of dovetail construction complete with arched ends with holds for handles, the cradle features remnants of brass knobs on two sides. …

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