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Harpers Ferry Postcard History
Harpers Ferry Postcard History by James A. Beckman
Harpers Ferry, located at the confluence of the beautiful Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, offers visitors a breathtaking view described by Thomas Jefferson as a “scene worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” From George Washington’s 1796 establishment of the federal armory, through John Brown’s 1859 raid to foment slave rebellion and Civil War battles, and to one of the first successful colleges for African Americans, Harpers Ferry has played a significant role in America’s history. Hundreds of vintage postcards, many of which are very scarce today, depict this history, the various scenic views and buildings in town, and the daily lives of townspeople over the last century.
Author Bio: After visiting Harpers Ferry and falling in love with its history and beauty, Prof. James A. Beckman and his wife, Maria, (along with their beloved dog, Mickey) moved to the town in 1997. Though he is now a tenured professor at the University of Tampa, they continue to spend time at their Harpers Ferry home. Beckman has lectured and published articles on the town’s history and served as an artist-in-residence for the Harpers Ferry Historical Park in 2001.
# of Pages: 128
On Sale Date: 08/07/2006
# of Images: 200 Black and White