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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The "Best Present Of 2016" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Looking at the multitude of gifts I received this Christmas from my wife, children and grandchildren.  Gift cards seemed to be the item that most gave me, since I already have just about everything I need in my life.  Cards for food, books, and car washes were fantastic gifts, but perhaps my most favorite card was the card my wife gave me that will allow me to explore President James Buchanan's home on President Ave. as well as the many rooms and files in the Lancaster Historical Society on President Ave. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  
Every since I began writing my blog I have made a few visits to LancasterHistory.org for information or to take photos of their public displays, but I have never had the chance to explore their vast array of old Lancaster County photographs and memoribilia they have on their large ten-acre campus which features the historic grounds and gardens of Wheatland, President James Buchanan's Lancaster home, as well as the Louise Arnold Arboretum.  Many times I made visits and was able to see the special events they featured, but was never able to enter the research library or archives.  Now I will have free reign when I enter the main building and show them my LancasterHistory.org card that Carol got me for Christmas.  A friend of mine from church has a daughter who is in charge of historical photographs and on my first visit I will ask for Marianne to show me the library of photos that will give me a better chance to document stories that I have planned for future blog stories.  In the basement of LancasterHistory.org are some of the neatest rooms that hold the key to historical events in the city of Lancaster and surrounding areas.  Anxious for my first visit so I can see Marianne's photographic exhibit titled "The Great Fair."  Hopefully I will be able to give you more insight into one of the most historical cities in the young United States.  All this is possible because of my most favorite Christmas gift this year.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

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