Downtown Lancaster

As this circa 1922 postcard of North Queen Street suggests, by the turn of the 20th century, downtown Lancaster had become a busy commercial hub and mecca for shoppers. While Penn Square at the intersection of King and Queen streets marks the historic heart of the city, North Queen Street was lined with amenities for shoppers and visitors alike. Hotels, theaters, department stores, banks,...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Spring 2022 Newsletter: PHMC Curators Highlight Prized Objects from Collections Robert Hill on John W. Geary’s Civil War Corps Badge Janet Johnson on Malkin Sunface Plate PHF Welcomes New Board Members  ...
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The Legacy of George Way

On February 2 this year, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. We’ll know soon whether or not he was correct. But regardless of the weather, this is the time of year that we mark the anniversary of Pennsylvania’s founding. In March 1681 King Charles II of England granted land on the east coast of North America to William Penn as repayment for funds...
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Golden Panthers by Sam Sciullo Jr.

Golden Panthers Pitt’s Ten-Year Affair with Football Prominence (1973–1982) by Sam Sciullo Jr. America Through Time, 224 pp., paperback $24.99 The 50th anniversary of the Pirates 1971 World Series championship reminds Pittsburgh fans of all they celebrated in the 1970s: Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit, the Immaculate Reception, four Super Bowl championships, and a second World Series win in 1979....
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Translingual Inheritance by Elizabeth Kimball

Translingual Inheritance Language Diversity in Early National Philadelphia by Elizabeth Kimball University of Pittsburgh Press, 211 pp., hardcover $50 At the beginning of this book’s first chapter, the author poses the question, “What if we imagined a United States of America not in English?” This may call to mind the murky (and unfounded) legend about German and English supposedly competing...
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Unsung Hero of Gettysburg by Edward G. Longacre

Unsung Hero of Gettysburg The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg by Edward G. Longacre Potomac Books, 316 pp., hardcover $34.95 So much has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg, it would seem as if there was nothing else to be said; Edward G. Longacre disagrees. In his extremely well-written and fully researched study, Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David...
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Meade at Gettysburg by Kent Masterson Brown

Meade at Gettysburg A Study in Command by Kent Masterson Brown University of North Carolina Press, 488 pp., hardcover $35 In Meade at Gettysburg, Kent Masterson Brown breaks new ground on a topic that is well-trodden. The Battle of Gettysburg has rightfully taken pride of place as a watershed moment in American history and is among the most studied events of the Civil War. Despite our...
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Archaeology at Joanna Furnace

When did you first know what you wanted to do when you grew up? My plans varied in childhood, but by my early teens I knew that I loved past cultures and old items. By high school, I was considering Egyptology or Romanology and longed to visit ancient cities with thousands of years of history that I was reading about in Archaeology magazine, books and my Latin class. A visit to one of the fall...
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Chimney Rocks

Among the more unusual listings for Pennsylvania in the National Register of Historic Places is a natural rock formation. Chimney Rocks is a prominent outcrop of fingerlike spires of limestone along the southwest face of Chimney Ridge overlooking PA Route 36 and the borough of Hollidaysburg in Blair County. The ridge is made up of two different formations of limestone, and a small vertical fault...
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Charles F. West: Athlete, Physician and Trailblazer

On September 18, 2021, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) dedicated a Pennsylvania Historical Marker honoring Charles Fremont West (1899–1979) of the W&J Class of 1924. West was a true hometown hero, as he was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, attended Washington High School, and then graduated from W&J. The dedication was...
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