Letters

Cover Stories The covers of Pennsylvania Heritage are among the best I have ever seen, but the cover of the Fall 2006 issue was sheer genius! The moment I saw this issue, I just had to pick it up. Also, I couldn’t put it down, neglecting my routine chores and tasks. Thank you for the way you “cover” our history and heritage. Your magazine makes me feel as if I’m part of...
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Bookshelf

Pennsylvania Civil War Trails: The Guide to Battle Sites, Monuments, Museums and Towns by Tom Huntington Stackpole Books and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2007; 150 pages, paper, $14.95 As the 2011 opening of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial draws near, the national observance is guaranteed to produce a spate of weighty tomes analyzing the epic event of the nineteenth...
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Black Settlement on Yellow Hill

Anyone who has ever read about the Battle of Gettysburg or visited the historic American Civil War battlefield undoubtedly learned about the generals, the courageous soldiers who fought in the grisly three-day encounter, and the thousands that lost their lives on that hallowed ground in Adams County. The stories of the famous engagements that took place at Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, and the...
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Hotel Washington

An unsigned postcard of the Hotel Washington in Chambersburg sent to Roland G. Smith at the Ligonier Motor and Machine Company in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, was postmarked October 19, 1913, nearly fifty years after Confederate forces decimated the Franklin County seat on July 30, 1864. Southern soldiers destroyed 550 buildings and structures in Chambersburg in addition to looting houses and...
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Lost and Found

Lost Southern soldiers largely restrained themselves from destroying private property during the American Civil War’s Gettysburg Campaign. Their final foray into the Commonwealth, however, was drastically different. On July 30, 1864, Confederate Brigadier General John McCausland’s forces torched the Franklin County seat of Chambersburg in southcentral Pennsylvania in retaliation for Union...
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The State Museum Commemorates the Civil War

Commemorations of the American Civil War are nearly as old as the conflict itself. Little more than six years after the war ended General George Gordon Meade of Philadelphia spoke to Union army veterans at a reunion in Boston. “Comrades of the Army of the Potomac,” he began, “the first thing I shall do, which we ought to do . . . is to return our thanks to the Great Being who,...
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Historic Landmarks of Philadelphia by Roger W. Moss, with photographs by Tom Crane published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008; 339 pages, cloth, $34.95 A stunning pictorial celebration of Philadelphia’s architectural treasures, Historic Landmarks of Philadelphia breaks new ground in a heartfelt appreciation of the historic built environment by going far beyond being merely a...
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PHMC Highlights

A new Civil War Trails experience, making the history of the epic event more accessible to present and future generations, was unveiled in Chambersburg, Franklin County, in April. The initiative features forty “story stops” and twenty-five historic destinations throughout southcentral Pennsylvania. Two principal steering committee members who spoke at the unveiling were PHMC Executive Director...
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Marking Pennsylvania’s African American History

Charged with collecting, preserving, and interpreting more than three centuries of the Keystone State’s history and culture — as well as millions of years of its prehistory — the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has launched a number of widely acclaimed, innovative, and popular public history programs over the years. One of its most popular is the state historical marker...
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Executive Director’s Letter

This year’s annual theme adopted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), “William Penn’s Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity,” once again provides a focus to examine the Commonwealth’s rich history and its influence on the many traditions and values that have shaped the American experience. Historic sites such as Ephrata Cloister and Old Economy Village illustrate the...
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