Dauphin County: Chocolates, Coal, and a Capital

Dauphin County celebrates its two hundredth anniver­sary this year. The events and themes that are the history of the county reflect the experience of Pennsylvania and the United States. Dauphin County has never been a homogeneous commu­nity; indeed, it is difficult to consider it as a single commu­nity. From the beginning it has comprised individuals of diverse ethnic, national and religious...
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Lost and Found

Lost The manufacture of bricks in Reading and surrounding Berks County dates to at least 1790, and several historians contend that the industry in the area predates the American Revolution. The region’s dense clay soil encouraged a proliferation of companies, which by the mid-1840s, numbered seventeen and produced nearly ten million bricks each year. By the close of the nineteenth century,...
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