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by DON AINES | July 15, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Seventy-four years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois and members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People were rebuffed when they traveled from their convention in Washington, D.C., to place a plaque honoring abolitionist John Brown on the grounds of Storer College, a historically black school in Harpers Ferry where Brown's 1859 raid set the stage for the Civil War. On Friday, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond led...
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 7, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The stories behind the historic Harpers Ferry, W.Va., area could soon reach across the country if a Web-based interactive learning project for school students is a success, officials said Thursday. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park officials got the idea for the program after a similar one was launched in another part of the country to help students with math, said Catherine Bragaw, education program coordinator for the park. The students were failing math, but their grades changed dramatically after they began learning math through the Web-based interactive system, Bragaw said.
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March 24, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Historical Society will hold its spring meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, in the Betty Roper Auditorium at Wright Denny School, 208 W. Congress Street in Charles Town. A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation on the 1906 Harpers Ferry, W.Va., meeting of the "Niagara Movement. " The public is invited. One hundred years ago, at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.E.B. Du Bois and other black leaders of the Niagara Movement met to continue developing the first major civil rights organization of the 20th century.
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by Staci Clipp | February 13, 2006
Hello! Here we are in the middle of February already! It seems as if it just started! It'll soon be time to start doing yard work already - or so it seems! Feb. 17 is National PTA Founders Day; Feb. 18 through Feb. 25 is National Future Farmers of America Week; Feb. 20 is Presidents Day and that also means for those in Washington County, there will be no school. So, don't forget to make plans for your children if you have to! Happy Valentine's Happy Valentine's Day to my husband, Richard.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | March 31, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - While audience members are listening to the soulful tunes coming out of Red Holloway's saxophone Friday night, he'll be listening for their reaction. "My purpose is to try and make people happy and entertain them. I have to figure out what they like," said Holloway, who has performed with Billie Holiday and Muddy Waters. It takes him two or three tunes to find out. "If (I hear) polite applause, it went over like a lead balloon.
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by DON AINES | August 16, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - It was a precursor to the modern civil rights movement, but a meeting of the Niagara Movement 98 years ago is little remembered today, according to John Powell, a park ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Powell hopes a new program at the park will shed light on the role played in the civil rights movement by Harpers Ferry, most famous for abolitionist John Brown's 1859 raid. The first Niagara Movement tours were given Saturday and Sunday.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 29, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A national nonprofit organization announced Monday it was in the final phases of purchasing a 99-acre farm rich with Civil War and civil rights history, saving it from residential development. The Trust for Public Land said it was purchasing Murphy's Farm from the owners of the property, effectively putting to rest plans for the controversial 188-home Murphy's Landing subdivision. Officials with the trust organization said they expect to turn the farm over to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in a matter of weeks after taking care of remaining details.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 25, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Controversy continued to mount over the proposed Murphy's Landing subdivision Tuesday night as county planners approved another six-month extension for the 188-home development. Bob Trumble, an attorney representing the developers of Murphy's Landing, asked the Jefferson County Planning Commission for the six-month extension because of the continued intervention in the planning process by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
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BY DAVE McMILLION | April 26, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com The superintendent of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park said Thursday he believes the park is close to reaching a deal to purchase the land where the controversial Murphy's Landing subdivision would be built. "We're close on that one," Donald Campbell told the Jefferson County Commission. "I think we have agreed on a price. There are still details to work out," Campbell said. Campbell told the commissioners about the attempt to purchase Murphy's Farm as he gave them a briefing on an effort to expand the national park by up to 1,299 acres.
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BY ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 27, 2002
Harpers Ferry, W.Va. - The Harpers Ferry Civil War battlefield is one of the 10 most endangered in the nation, according to a watchdog group's list released Tuesday. The Civil War Preservation Trust named battlefields in Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, Pa., and six other states as the most threatened by development. The Trust also named 15 other battlefields as "at-risk," one step below the top 10. None of the other 15 are in the Tri-State region. The Trust, a nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, said that 2,729 of the 7,199 acres in the Harpers Ferry battlefield area are protected.
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