A Backward Glance at Thirty-Five Years Young

Over the past thirty-five years, Pennsylvania Heritage has brought to readers hundreds of stories about the famous and the not-so-famous, of historic preservation struggles won and lost, and interviews with individuals who either shaped history or interpret it. Our thirty-fifth anniversary, which we’re observing with this edition, gives us a moment to pause and reflect on where we’ve been, where...
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Barbara T. Zolli on “A Drop of Oil”

Crude oil, found in abundance in northwestern Pennsylvania, held out many possibilities by the mid-nineteenth century. It burned when ignited, served as a practical lubricant, was thought to have medicinal properties, and had been used for various purposes by generations of Native Americans. That it might be in ample supply became apparent to many locals when it oozed from the ground and...
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Executive Director’s Letter

As the Commonwealth’s official history agency, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of the Keystone State’s heritage. We rely on the talented staffs of the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, which oversees the popular destinations along the...
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Executive Director’s Letter

The continuing success of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the result of the high level of public participation and support for history by the commonwealth’s citizens. Many of PHMC’s Pennsylvania Trails of History destinations remain open because of dedicated volunteers and their willingness to take on unprecedented levels of responsibility for these treasured historic...
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