A Salute to the Bicentennial of the Keystone State

The current Bicentennial celebration commemorates not the birth of the United States, but the proclama¬≠tion of thirteen British-American colonies that were “free and independent states” as of July 4, 17.76. When they formed a loose compact in 1761, their articles of confederation declared that “each state retains its sover¬≠eignty, freedom and independence.” The...
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A Historical Sketch of Indiana County

Indiana County was named for the native Indians. During historic times the two principal tribes were the Delawares and Shawnees. Being reluctant to give up their lands, the Indians struggled desperately to keep out the tide of European settlers. Perhaps the first white settler to enter Indiana County was James LeTort, an Indian trader, about 1726-27. A place called “Letart’s...
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Executive Director’s Message

Anyone interested in preserving our past will surely want to review the standards for teaching history proposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Under state law, PDE must adopt standards offering guidance to school districts on what students should know in various disciplines. The standards for history, available on PDE’s Web site, include sections on world, national, and...
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