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From the Vault: Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

From the Vault: Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

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Historic Harpers Ferry, W.Va. has been a popular tourist destination for Civil War enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike for decades.

On Thursday, July 22, 2015, an early morning fire ripped through several early-1800s buildings in this beloved historic town early Thursday, damaging several businesses and threatening the national park that commemorates a pivotal moment in U.S. history.

“This is devastating for Harpers Ferry,” said Gregory Vaughan, mayor of the town at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia all come together.

The buildings “have been standing there for almost 200 years,” Vaughn said, “and they withstood the test of time — until 2015, unfortunately.”
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From the Vault: Little League baseball

From the Vault: Little League baseball

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Little League baseball has been a summer offshoot of “America’s pastime” for children since June, 6, 1939 – the date of the first ever Little League game. Little League Baseball has become the world’s largest organized youth sports program. In the space of just six decades, Little League grew from three teams to nearly 200,000 teams, in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries.

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Remembering the Korean War: A Baltimore camera in Korea

Remembering the Korean War: A Baltimore camera in Korea

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The Korean War ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Truce talks had started July 10, 1951, after United States and United Nations forces went to the aid of South Korea who was invaded by North Korea June 25, 1950.

The Korean War, often called the “Forgotten War,” saw some 5.8 million American soldiers, sailors and air force members serve their country. The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. honors their service and sacrifice.

At the time, The Baltimore Sun sent several war correspondents to Korea to cover the war including James M. Cannon and John T. Ward who sent back photos from the front lines. According to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, 527 Maryland citizens died in hostile action. Their names along with those still listed as missing in action are on Maryland’s Korean War Memorial, located at 2903 Boston Street in Canton.

This post was originally published on July 26, 2013.

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Lost film taken at Amelia Earhart’s final flight photo shoot surfaces

Lost film taken at Amelia Earhart’s final flight photo shoot surfaces

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It was a clear spring day in 1937 when Amelia Earhart, ready to make history by flying around the world, brought her personal photographer to a small Southern California airport to document the journey’s beginning.

Al Bresnik took dozens of still photos, including a few that have likely been seen by millions. His brother John, who tagged along, made a very dark, grainy 3.5-minute home movie almost nobody saw — until now.

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