Archive for February 10th, 2012

Steam at Harper’s Ferry has put together Valentine collections as unique as your beloved. For the past several weeks, Steam has been preparing woodblock print Valentine’s Day cards.  We also have the good fortune to have original steampunk themed charms, bookmarks and earrings from G3 Creations.  There are three collections available.

Hearts Abound collection – One Swarovski red heart crystal and silvertone charm by G3 Creations, one Bear-Heart woodblock print card from Steam at Harper’s Ferry, and one bag of Wilbur Buds brand chocolates.

Music to Her Ears collection – One pair of nickel-free silvertone Heart & Key earrings by G3 Creations, one Bear-Heart woodblock print card and one bag of Wilbur Buds brand chocolates.

Can’t Go Wrong collection – One Bear-Heart woodblock print card and one bag of Wilbur Buds brand chocolates.

Custom collections can be made for you at the shop. All Bear-Heart Valentine’s Day cards were printed on the premises and are numbered and signed. The G3 Creations earrings and charms are from steampunk-themed collection made for Steam at Harper’s Ferry. Wilbur Buds brand chocolates are from Lititz, Pennsylvania and are delicious!

All come with a complimentary sheer drawstring bag, ready for gift-giving! Limited supply available.

Original Bear-Heart woodblock print by TJE

Here’s a short steampunk romance  Of Steam and Spring, based in Harper’s Ferry for your enjoyment. Below is the description:
“A steam carousel operates on Island Park for tourists. An enchantment occurs on the full moon when a town church clock strikes 12. A railroad executive brings the carousel’s designer to assure mechanics. A mournful calliope portends not all is well.”
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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This past Sunday, February 5, there was a gathering of folks from near and far who came to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and hear about Harper’s Ferry’s role as it pertains to American History, and in particular African American history. Local historian and well-known member of the Jefferson County community, George Rutherford, gave an interesting talk about Martin Delany, who was born in Charlestown, Virginia in 1812.  There are few books written about him which may be explained partially because his papers were destroyed in a fire Wilberforce University of Ohio in 1865. The Harper’s Ferry Historical Association Bookstore has books about him.

In addition to his being trained as a physician, he achieved the rank of major in the United States Army during the Civil War. He co-edited the newspaper The North Star with Frederick Douglass. In apparent response to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Delany wrote his own serialized novel entitled, Blake, or the Huts of America in The Anglo-African Magazine, and later in The Monthly Anglo-African Magazine. His achievements are too numerous to show here, but his life warrants further study.

In addition to several Park Service employees, officials from the Jefferson County Commission were there along with local businessman (his office is next to Steam’s gallery!) and candidate for the 66th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates, John Maxey.

As usual, the sherbet punch and cookies were excellent! 

The exhibit, Running to Freedom: Fighting for Freedom, is open to the public and is located on the 2nd floor of the John Brown Museum.


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