(The Schuylkill Collegian, Volume 40, Number 2, April 15, 1976)

Mrs. Lorraine Stanton, Library Assistant at the Schuylkill Campus Library of Pennsylvania State University is "doing her own thing" for the Centennial of her hometown, Frackville, Pennsylvania and for the Bicentennial of her country.

Realizing that no history has been written about Frackville since 1904, and finding her town hardly represented in the county Historical Society and the State Library at Harrisburg, she endeavored to research its history. She started by interviewing the senior residents of town and writing their stories in a column "Old Frackville Tales" which is published each Friday and Saturday in the Shenandoah Evening Herald Newspaper since November 21, 1975 and will run until the Centennial Festivities in the latter part of August, 1976.

These "tales" proves very successful and the idea snowballed into something bigger than Mrs. Stanton ever anticipated. She found everyone in the community very helpful and generous with old photos of the town and residents are now enjoying these pictures for the first time. Many pictures are of buildings no longer in existence.

She has researched many dates given to her by the residents and found many interesting stories. When she talked about these events she often found a resident who had taken pictures at that time and she combined the two and wrote a beautiful "tale."

Mrs. Stanton has spent many hours at the Historical Society of Schuylkill County and the research rooms of the Shenandoah Evening Herald. She uncovered many interesting facts about the town that have never been printed. She has also researched the Frack Family, for whom the town has been named, and has come up with many interesting pictures and stories. She has travelled to Lancaster, Lebanon and Philadelphia to follow a "lead" which a resident had given her.

She has also researched and compiled daily events of "The Centennial Exposition of 1876" which took place in Philadelphia. Lorraine Stanton, Frackville historian and author

Have you ever wondered what occurred at this World Exposition? Did they have difficulties trying to finance this great exhibit? Was our nation's people enthused about this centennial event? How did individual states participate? How many Schuylkill Countians went on the excursion trains to attend? What great dignitaries visited these exhibits? This was Molly Maguire times -- did they attend? How did the citizens of our nation celebrate July 4th, 1876? Are we celebrating the fourth as it was intended? Where was the Centennial Exposition located and what is there now? Was it a social and financial success?

All these questions will be answered in a Daily Column entitled, "The Centennial Exposition of 1876" which will be published for the next few months in the Shenandoah Evening Herald Newspaper. The subscribers of this newspaper will be able to learn about the Centennial of 1876 just in time to start celebrating the Bicentennial of this year, 1976.

Mrs. Stanton is in the process of directing the school children of Frackville in a play "History and Holidays through Song and Story." This will be videotaped by the local school system and will be shown during their centennial week.

Mrs. Stanton really has the Bicentennial Spirit. Last summer, Jack Anderson, National columnist, held a contest for a Bicentennial aphorism. thinking of her three grandchildren who each have their favorite blanket which they take with them wherever they go, she entered the saying, "America, You're My Security Blanket." She didn't win the contest but her family still enjoys the idea.

Each weekend she visits one of the Pennsylvania Museums and writes a short synopsis of her tour. She is trying to get all the Boy and Girl Scout Troops in the area interested in visiting these historical sites. These short columns will run weekly from June to September and will be entitled "Pennsylvania is full of History -- DISCOVER IT!"

She has also arranged to show the films "Our U.S. Flag" and "U.S. Art - the Gift of ourselves" which was filmed especially for this Bicentennial Year by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. Slides of the gowns of the First Ladies will also be shown. This will be held in conjunction with the "Bicentennial Festival" which will be held at Schuylkill Campus the week of April 27, 1976.

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