Port Royal Times Acquisition

the TimesMany thanks to Donna Swartz, owner of The Times, formerly located in Port Royal.  She was so generous for providing a donation of newspapers beginning in the 1950’s!

The papers were temporarily stored at Orchard Hills Storage (generously provided by Teresa O’Neal).  Once sorted, the papers will be kept in the Archives Room.

December 1, 1942 Gas Rationing

Gas Ration Card Sample

Gas Ration Card Sample

Just read this article about gasoline rationing on Wired.com and thought it was interesting enough to post here.

Now, I wasn’t around in 1942 so this information is new and interesting to me.  Just wondering if anyone experienced this rationing around Juniata County.  If so, would you be interested in posting photos and/or stories of how you handled the situation.

I’d be especially curious to see if there were any “behind-the-scenes” tactics used if you were in need of gasoline (borrowing other people’s ration cards, verbal agreements for gas locally, even secret gas-ration-card black markets and/or counterfeit cards).  I think it’s safe to say that you’re safe to disclose this information.  🙂


Pomeroy Academia Covered Bridge wins Preservation Award

Pomeroy Academia Bridge

Pomeroy Academia Bridge

On September 17, 2010 at the State Museum in Harrisburg, the Pomeroy Academia Covered Bridge – owned by the Juniata County Historical Society – was awarded the Ralph Modjeski Award For Excellence in Transportation Design, Historic Preservation & Archaeology.

The award was presented by Preservation Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties.

Pictured above from left to right are:  Marty Malone , Lehman Engineering; Nancy Crago Vice President; Terry Wheeler, Past President and Audrey Sizelove, President, of the Juniata County Historical Society.