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The Young Catholic Messenger, 1885-1970, was the premier publication of George Pflaum of Dayton, Ohio, who also produced the more famous though not so long-lived Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact comic book, 1946-1972. In the Cathoic U. Archives we thought highlighting the YCM would be a great way to start off the New Year, and also make an appeal for donations of missing issues, either print or digital copies, from the first forty years we need to complete our collection, especially the digital collection we are building online.
Though frequently cited, scholars to this point have had to content themselves with the publication of extracts to the Civil War journal of Father James Sheeran, CSSR, a Redemptorist who saw considerible action as chaplain to the 14th Louisiana Regiment. Important for Civil War history. Important for Irish-American history. Important for American church history. This Civil War journal was zealously maintained by one of the war's most intriguing personalities.
The Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact Catholic comic book digital collection is the proverbial gift that keeps on giving, so what better archival collection to highlight during the Christmas holiday season? The Treasure Chest was published, for most of its history, by George Pflaum of Dayton, Ohio for distribution to American Catholic schools, with a total of twenty annual Christmas covers for 1946-1962, 1964, 1966, and 1968.
D.C.'s St. Rose’s Technical School records at Catholic U. contain a gem of an artifact related to the blending of Catholicism and Americanism in youth culture that is a fitting offering for Pearl Harbor Day. St.