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By the Way: Where have all the Lenape gone?

“To Canada, Wisconsin and Oklahoma,” according to a Newtown area woman, who added, “They are also spread out all over the country and living very modern lives.”

Talk music with Karen Fackler and she’ll undoubtedly burst into song. It’s second nature to the singer once known as Karen Christopher. She made headlines on the 1970s entertainment pages with …

In a rich, soft-spoken voice, a costumed Yardley woman portrayed Harriet Tubman, breathing life into the image of the fearless woman who led so many slaves to freedom.

By the Way: Durham Iron Co. in the time of cholera

The irony is impossible to escape. As many as 30y oung Irish immigrants fled their homeland during the Great Famine only to die here from cholera, their common grave unmarked — until a few years …

It happened Feb. 23, 1898 — exactly 125 years ago today. For the third time, law enforcement officers approached the home of Adam Weaver near the Springfield Township village of Bursonville.

By the Way: “Feeling Free” to be your best self

She’s a warrior in her field, helping those diagnosed with mental health issues. At the same time she’s hoping to conquer the stigma surrounding the illness. Amie Allanson-Dundon, who lives in …

When I heard a news broadcast that 40,000 women had joined the Ukrainian fighting forces, I immediately thought of Doylestown’s famous daughter, Margaret Mead. Her 1928 book, “Coming of Age in …

I have always wondered about the whole chunks of history that have eluded us and disappeared into the mists of time because no one considered them important enough to record. Perhaps because I …

By the Way: A cold, cold Christmas

Christmas 2022 will be remembered by generations of Bucks Countians as that one when the mercury sank to 3 degrees (at least at our house) and we had no internet service, no television, no landline. …

By the Way: Five churches create a live Nativity

Live Nativity scenes are popping up all over the globe. Even for those of the most hardened of hearts the living reminder of Christ’s birth can create a moment of reverence and peace – the …

By the Way: From puppy farm to loving home

A tiny pooch with a heart-shaped patch of black on her tail end had a story to tell and a Nockamixon Township grandmother had a need to tell it.The peak of the pandemic, said Bonita …

By the Way: A view like no other – breathtaking

Journalists like me often get to see things or do things not generally available to the public — happier things I will always treasure and tragic ones I wish I could erase from my memory.

By the Way: Searching for ancestors

On a gorgeous autumn afternoon during a cemetery walk, Philip McCarty of Norristown and Donald Moran of Upper Black Eddy, who had not met before, discovered they were fourth cousins, descendants of Nicholas Buck, a Revolutionary War soldier.

It was a kind of “Come, Josephine, in my flying machine” moment with the promise of going “up. up a little bit higher.” But it was not Josephine. Instead it was 96-year-old George …

By the Way: On a dark and stormy night

Halloween is approaching. It’s a day the ancient Celts believed the veil separating the world of the living from that of the dead was exceedingly thin, allowing the dead to pass through.

By the Way: Site of veterans camp remains elusive

A man who was once a groundskeeper at a camp for deaf children. A woman who toured that camp with her son’s Cub Scout troop in the 1990s. An excavator who recalls an old hand-drawn plot plan …

Long an American citizen, Grant Ross still, and unashamedly, felt a tear welling up when he heard Queen Elizabeth II had died on Sept. 8. The genial Scotsman, general manager of the Black Bass …

Ninety years ago a group of unemployed, uprooted, but determined World War I veterans descended on a 105-acre property near Top Rock, high above the Delaware River in Nockamixon Township.

What happened to Robin Robinson? Under cover of the pandemic’s homebound isolation, she went from popular and dedicated Bucks County Recorder of Deeds to a social media influencer as star of “It’s the Rosenthals” on both Instagram and Tik Tok.

By the Way: Steeped in history in many directions

Amy Hollamder, very much a 21st-century woman, lives in a wool mill built in the early 19th century and wants to share her passion for the past with everyone.

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