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Guide to Genealogical Sources at the Pennsylvania State Archives by Robert M. Dructor Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1998 (374 pages, paper, $12.95) The Pennsylvania State Archives acquires, preserves, and makes available for study the valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the official records of state government. In fulfilling its...
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Sparking a Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution: An Interview with Dick Clark

For many baby boomers – members of that much-touted generation who came of age in the fifties and sixties – rock ‘n’ roll provided a defining point in their adolescent lives. Few will ever forget the first time they jitterbugged to Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets, or took to the dance floor with The Twist by Chubby Checker. Many cherish the memory of...
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From the Editor

With this issue, Pennsylvania Heritage continues PHMC’s observance of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal by bringing you a fascinating account of an unusual relief program that gave work to artists and artisans throughout the Keystone State. Between 1935 and 1943, the Pennsylvania State-Wide Museum Extension Project (MEP) churned out millions of visual aids for use in the...
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Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School Celebrates 100 Years of Magic

One hundred years ago, in 1908, two community-minded, socially-conscious single young women, Philadelphians Jeanette Selig (1886–1965) and Blanche Wolf (1886–1983), unwittingly created a school that’s become recognized as the largest community arts school in the United States, serving more than fifteen thousand students. In 1982, as the Settlement Music School observed its seventy-fifth...
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