My Memories of Harrisburg and the Flood of ’36

In 1923, I was four years old when my family moved from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. My father, Einar Barfod, had been appointed chief investigator in the securities department of Pennsylvania’s ban.king department by Governor Gifford Pinchot. My earliest memory of Harrisburg was a summer when my mother hired a farmer to plow the field next to our house, then having all the neighborhood...
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Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital

Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital is a sprawling former medical complex situated on a five and one-half acre parcel in a residential neighborhood north of the State Capitol. The centerpiece of the complex, consisting of three large interconnected buildings, is the original main hospital building, erected in 1925-1926. Designed by the Harrisburg architectural firm of Kast and KelkerĀ­ –...
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The Grand Review Revisited

To celebrate its victory in the American Civil War, the federal government hosted a Grand Review of Union veterans in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 23, 1865. Although the war preserved the Union and ended slavery, the parade was organized exclusively for white soldiers, and veterans of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) were not invited to participate. Refusing to be ignored, former...
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