Outside the museum, is a monument to the Battleship USS MAINE, which exploded in Cuba and although it was never proven to be sabotage, that is the excuse that was used to start the Spanish American War.  A brass shell is mounted on the top and a port cover is located on one side, both from the Battleship Maine.  People walk right by this and pay no attention to what is a great piece of history from 1898!


Landing craft heading to the beaches


ALLIED INVASION OF FRANCE - Somewhere in France, members of a shore fire control party set up "shop" in an old shell hole and immediately proceed to direct the fire of Naval guns against targets on the beach.


During the Allied invasion of southern France, tank destroyers waits no time after hitting the beach on D-Day to get started.


One of the many B-26 Martin Marauders of the 9th AF is shown over the coast of France during the early morning giving a cover to the landing craft shown on the beaches below. These hard-hitting medium bombers gave cover for the greatest airborne troop carrying armada ever assembled, then furnished an air umbrella for the landing craft as the final phase of the Battle for the Liberation of Europe got under way


Climbing the cliffs off the beaches

Members of a chemical unit get ready to fire high explosive mortar shells at a German pillbox which forms part of the coast defense of a beach in France. At extreme right is the M-29 "weasel."


On May 25, 2014, we visited the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA., and went to see the D-Day exhibit.  The D-Day exhibit was a collection of pictures and items from soldiers who were there and survived!  My mom having lived through that time is fascinated by that time period and she enjoyed the exhibit very much.  We were not allowed to take any photos or video, but I was able to run my digital audio recorder while we were there.  Knowing that these items had special meaning for any soldiers who died in battle, I was hopeful I would get some evps and I was not wrong.  One of these clearly says "Corpsman!" and I know for a fact that none of us said that word!  


US Coast Guardsmen and Navy beach battalion men are shown hugging the shaking beach at Paestum, just south of Salerno, as a Nazi bomber unloads on them. In the background of the picture - one of the most outstanding of the war - debris from a bomb hit can be seen in the air. Coast Guardsmen said this was much worse than the Sicillian and North African invasions, in which the Coast Guard also participated.

corpsman whats happening?

HI there! Heaven oh close one

Lock and Load have some fun


The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art was founded in 1908 by Dr. Isaiah Fawkes Everhart. Dr. Everhart was a Scranton physician and businessman with a keen interest in natural history. After military service in the Civil War, Dr. Everhart conceived the idea of assembling a comprehensive collection of Pennsylvania’s native birds and animals. A skilled taxidermist, he started a collection of mounted specimens which soon expanded into one of the finest and largest collections in the United States.

Dr. Everhart wrote a will in 1905 that specified that funds from his estate should be used to construct the “Dr. I.F. Everhart general museum to be built in Nay Aug Park in the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania,” and that additional funds were to be used for an endowment to support the institution. Three years after his will was prepared, Dr. Everhart continued to collect specimens, and as his collections grew he recognized the need to build the museum during his lifetime. In 1907 he publicly announced that he would provide funds and guidance for the creation of a Museum “for the young and old of this generation and for all of those who follow after…for their pleasure and education.” Construction soon began and the original building of the Everhart Museum was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1908. At that time, the Museum’s collections primarily consisted of Dr. Everhart’s ornithological specimens. In 1908, Dr. Everhart established an endowment fund in investment bonds in order to provide perpetual care for his Museum.

In honor of the Museum’s founder, a bronze statue of Dr. Everhart and Lake Everhart were dedicated on May 20, 1911. Dr. Everhart died just five days later on May 25th 1911.





Dr. Isaiah Fawkes Everhart was a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent families in the United States. The earliest of member of the family in the Americas was Zachariah Everhart. Originally from Saxony, Germany, he settled in Pennsylvania nine years after William Penn founded the Colony in 1689. He had three children, William, John, and James. James, the youngest child of James, Sr., was born in 1789 and died in 1863. He served as an officer in the War of 1812. After the war he engaged in the mercantile business in Chester County, Pennsylvania. In 1820 he moved to Berks County, where he became extensively engaged in agriculture, tanning, and the iron trade. In 1817 he married Mary M., the only child of Isaac and Catharine Templin.

Dr. Isaiah Fawkes Everhart was the youngest child born to James and Mary on January 22, 1840. He spent his early youth at the family homestead in Berks County, Pennsylvania attending common schools and academies of the neighborhood. At the age of sixteen Isaiah entered the scientific course at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with the class of 1861. He learned his first lessons in medicine from his brother-in-law, Dr. Charles A. Heckel, a practicing physician. Shortly after the beginning of the Civil War, he became a medical cadet at West Philadelphia or Saterlee U.S. Military Hospital, then under the charge of Dr. I.I. Hayes of Arctic Expedition fame. Everhart received his Medical Degree with the class of 1863 of the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Immediately after receiving his medical degree in 1863, Dr. Everhart was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Military. In that same year he was assigned as an assistant surgeon in the 8th regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac. Lieutenant Everhart served front line duty for more than thirty battles in which his regiment fought. On February 4, 1865, he was promoted to full surgeon with the rank of Major. Upon the consolidation of his regiment with the 16th regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry on July 24th, 1865, Major Everhart ceased active campaigning and was made Chief Surgeon of the Military District of Lynchburg, Virginia. Major Everhart was honorably discharged from service with the 16th Regiment on August 11th, 1865.

At the close of the Civil War Dr. Everhart joined his brother, James M., on an extended tour of Europe visiting major industrial and art centers. In 1868 he took up residence in Scranton, close to family coal lands, and began his career as a General Practitioner which he continued until shortly after 1900. During the great strike in the coal regions of 1871, he served as a surgeon for the 9th Pennsylvania Guard. For a number of years Dr. Everhart was a staff member of Scranton State Hospital, and was on the first Scranton Board of Health. He was a member of the Lackawanna Game and Fish Association in the 1880s, serving as President for several years. He was one of the incorporators and directors of Scranton Forging Company, and had holdings in the Everhart Brass Works and in various family anthracite coal lands.

Dr. Everhart enjoyed hunting and fishing and took extended field trips each year to satisfy his hobbies. In 1871 he married Annie Victoria Ubil, the only daughter of Peter and Margaret Ubil whose property adjoined the family homestead. Dr. and Mrs. Everhart had one son, Edwin Ellsworth Everhart. Mrs. Everhart passed away in 1898, and at that time her husband seems to have intensified his interest in ordering and expanding his previously established collections of the natural life from Pennsylvania and in extending his natural history interests into other areas of the world. On February 2, 1907, Dr. Everhart publicly announced his gift of a Museum to the City of Scranton and work was immediately begun on the erection of the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art. The doctor seemed pleased with his creation at the time of its opening on May 30, 1908, and continued to devote much time to its development until his death on May 25, 1911.





In 1905, Dr. Isaiah F. Everhart drafted a will specifying that funds from his estate should be used to construct the “Dr. I.F. Everhart general museum to be built in Nay Aug Park in the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania.” Construction was completed in 1908 at which time the Everhart became the 9th museum in the Commonwealth. In order to satisfy Dr. Everhart’s original plan calling for “three buildings forming three sides of a square, one for natural history, one for science, one for art,” the Trustees added two wings to the original building in 1928. On May 30, 2008, the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art celebrated its 100th anniversary of serving the people of Northeast Pennsylvania.

The creation of the Everhart Museum represents late Victorian traditions that celebrated the museum as a generalist educational institution. Strategically located at the entrance to Scranton’s Nay Aug Park, the Everhart is also a visible expression of the “City Beautiful” movement. This national movement, which emerged in the 1890’s, was response to the squalid conditions of worker housing and general well being in America’s urban environments. The “City Beautiful” movement was promoted by the middle and upper-class reformers who sought to improve their cities through beautification of the landscape. While other reformers concentrated on improving sanitary conditions or opening social missions, “City Beautiful” leaders believed the emphasis should be on creating a beautiful city, which in turn would inspire its inhabitants to moral and civic virtue.

The idiom that the “City Beautiful” leaders used in their civic centers was the Beaux-Arts style, first presented to great public acclaim at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. The Everhart Museum, designed by Harvey J. Blackwood & John Nelson, is Scranton’s expression of the ideals of the “City Beautiful” movement. 








"INTO THE JAWS OF DEATH" - Down the ramp of the Coast Guard landing barge, Yankee soldiers storm toward the beach sweeping fire of Nazi defenders in the D-Day invasion of the French Coast. Troops ahead may be seen lying flat under the deadly machine gun resistance of the Germans. Soon the Nazis were driven back under the overwhelming invasion forces thrown in from Coast Guard and Navy amphibious craft.


Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk by enemy action off the coast of France. These survivors reached a beach near Cherbourg, France, by using a life raft. June 6, 1944


Nazi 88-mm guns pound Utah Beach as American troops push into Normandy, France




Thanks to all the D-Day veterans who gave their lives so that we could live in peace.