Author - Erik L Dorr

New display honors New Cumberland man killed during Pearl Harbor attack

Navy Ensign Lee Fox, one of the first fatalities in the attack on Pearl Harbor These are photos of Ensign Lee Fox. U.S. Navy Ensign Lee Fox, 21, of New Cumberland, is believed to be one of the first fatalities in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Erik Dorr, curator of the Gettysburg Museum of History, recently acquired a collection of items pertaining to Ensign Fox. Fox, a naval aviator assigned to Patrol Squadron No. 12,...

American Pickers

During the History Channel's Civil War week earlier this month, their hit TV show American Pickers with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz paid a little visit to The Gettysburg Museum of History, owned and operated by my friend Erik Dorr. The Civil War artifacts Mike and Frank "picked" on one of their many antique scavenger hunts have been donated to the museum and are now on display to the public. Erik has been a longtime collector of American History, beginning with battlefield...

Paratroopers in Gettysburg

The Gettysburg Museum of History was founded by its curator, Erik L. Dorr. His ancestors moved to Gettysburg in 1818, eventually settling in Ziegler’s Grove, the location of Pickett’s Charge on July 3rd, 1863. The family farm in Ziegler’s Grove is now part of the Gettysburg National Military Park, managed by the National Park Service. After the federal government converted the lands of the Pfeffer family farm to be part of the Gettysburg National Military Park, the family relocated...

Gettysburg Curator: Blood-stained piece of Hitler’s couch preserves history

Erik Dorr believes some items, no matter how grisly, do more good in public view than forgotten in someone's closet. That's why a piece of the sofa on which Adolf Hitler allegedly committed suicide is now on display at his Museum of History in Gettysburg. It doesn't look like much — just a 3-by-6 inch piece of frayed fabric — but Dorr hopes someone can help him find out more about a tiny, dark stain on its corner. This stain, historians...

Gettysburg Museum of History

It's called the Gettysburg Museum of History, but that doesn't mean it offers only rusty guns and Civil War bullets. "Some people ask, 'Why do you have all this Nazi stuff? What the hell's JFK's boxer shorts doing in here?' said museum owner and curator Erik Dorr. "They just don't get it." Erik started collecting when he was nine. He eventually became a professional antiquities dealer and opened his museum in 2008. Its 4,000 artifacts -- just a fraction of Erik's collection -- span...

History Channel program ‘picks’s Gettysburg museum

Erik L. Dorr, owner of The Gettysburg Museum of History, has thousands of artifacts on display. He has stories about how he has acquired many of the unique items and one of those stories will be aired on national television this evening. Mike Wolfe and Frank Frantz, hosts of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” visited Dorr in November to help him acquire some Civil War relics. “I gave them a list of items I was looking for and they went out...

Hitler’ss Blood Sample Offered for Research

A fascinating relic from the pathetic last moments of Adolf Hitler’s life has recently been acquired by the Gettysburg Museum of History and is being made available for study and DNA testing. GETTYSBURG, PA (PRWEB) APRIL 30, 2014 The announcement was made by Erik L. Dorr, Curator of The Gettysburg Museum of History, on the 69th Anniversary of the Hitler’s death. The artifact is a piece of fabric from the couch that Hitler was sitting on in his Führerbunker when he committed...

Dick Winters

The main reason for being in Gettysburg was to visit Erik Dorr and his partner Cheryl, who run the truly amazing Gettysburg Museum of History. This is in Baltimore Street right in the very heart of old Gettysburg and is also housed in Erik’s family home – Erik’s forebears have been living there for generations and in fact, a great-great aunt, still alive in the 1930s, had been living in the town during the fateful Battle of Gettysburg back...

Gettysburg Museum Opens New Exhibit Featuring Never Before Seen Artifacts from Major Dick Winters of “Band of Brothers” Fame

GETTYSBURG, PA / ACCESSWIRE / June 1, 2016 / The Gettysburg Museum of History curator, Erik Dorr, announced yesterday a new exhibit centered around WWII hero Major Dick Winters. Portrayed in the 2001 HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, Winters led "Easy Company" of the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Winters took over command of Easy Company on D-Day after their Commander Lt. Thomas Meehan's plane crashed killing all on board. Winters commanded "easy company" through the Normandy Campaign and...

Visiting Gettysburg’s Museums

The last few times I was in Gettysburg, time limitations prevented me from visiting The Gettysburg Museum of History and the Shriver House, both located within a block of each other on Baltimore Street.  Just last weekend, I returned to tour them both. The Gettysburg Museum of History Located at 219 Baltimore Street, the Gettysburg Museum of History is described on its website as "one of the most extensive private collections of artifacts from the American Civil War, World War I, World War...

Gettysburg museum is about much more than the battle

Located in downtown Gettysburg is a museum so unique that it not only features Civil War artifacts, but also a rocking chair used by John F. Kennedy, part of the blood-stained fabric from the couch where Hitler sat when he shot himself and a lock of hair from Marilyn Monroe, The Gettysburg Museum of History has over 4,000 artifacts that include not only American, but also world history. The museum doesn’t get a lot of publicity. It’s not part of the...

Gettysburg Museum Curator gets National TV Attention

From civil war relics to the two world wars, and from JFK to the king of rock, the Gettysburg Museum of History has it all. Owner Erik Dorr opened the museum s... From civil war relics to the two world wars, and from JFK to the king of rock, the Gettysburg Museum of History has it all. Owner Erik Dorr opened the museum six years ago. “We cover all eras of American history and like I always say I never...

President John F. Kennedy’s Senate Office Rocking Chair

JFK's iconic rocking chair. This is one of the first two ordered for his Senate office. It was later given to Evelyn Lincoln his Secretary. One of 12 he had in his career. The rocking chair was suggested by his Doctor, Janet Travell as a way to relieve the pain in his back from his war wounds suffered during WWII. The rocking chair became a symbol of his Presidency because the press picked up on his use of the chair...

‘American pickers’s features Gettysburg museum

Erik L. Dorr, owner of The Gettysburg Museum of History, has thousands of artifacts on display. He has stories about how he has acquired many of the unique items and one of those stories will be aired on national television this evening. Mike Wolfe and Frank Frantz, hosts of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” visited Dorr in November to help him acquire some Civil War relics. “American Pickers” is a television show on The History Channel whose stars, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz,...