Introducing… Team Heritage

Behind every successful maga­zine, there’s a hard-working, dedicated staff – a team, really. All good publications demand teamwork, and Pennsylvania Heritage is no exception. There’s a deadline on every horizon, editorial calendars that seem to project endlessly into the future, and production schedules that resemble a multi-dimensional Rube Goldberg device. The individuals who...
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Paradise Found: Summers in Hershey, Pa.

Some of my most precious childhood memories are of Hershey Park and, especially, the beautiful swimming pool complex that was adjacent to the Hershey Park Ballroom. We enjoyed them during the 1930s, the era of the big bands. We would swim in the afternoon and remain until the band began to play in the evening. We would dance on the grass to the music of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, and Harry...
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Mr. Hershey’s Advice

Boys, if you ever make any money, for God’s sake, keep it!” I remember the advice given by candymaker Milton S. Hershey at the depth of the Great Depression in the 1930s to his “white, male orphans” at a Hershey Industrial School assembly. For more than sixty years I have remembered and tried, although not always successfully, to follow his rec­ommendation. On another...
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Making Heritage Chocolate at the Historic Crossing

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, Washington Crossing Historic Park (WCHP) in Bucks County, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), partnered with the American Heritage Chocolate division of Mars Inc. to present a program entitled “Taste a Revolution in Chocolate.” The chocolate-making demonstration and lecture on the history of chocolate was attended by...
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From the Editor

With this issue, the staff and I are pleased to present the third feature in our series devoted to commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal in Pennsylvania, PHMC’s annual theme for 2008. For more than a decade, author David Lembeck — whose enthusiasm for the murals created for post offices during the New Deal is nothing less than infectious — has researched these works...
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Welcome to Kuppy’s: A Central Pennsylvania Diner Turns 80!

Charles Selcher was twenty years old when Kuppy’s Diner opened on August 5, 1933, at the corner of Brown and Poplar Streets in Middletown, Dauphin County. He was born in 1913 on a farm three miles west of the borough, along what is now state Route 230, and had known co-owner Karl Kupp since the seventh grade. The young men graduated in 1931 from Middletown High School. Selcher went on to...
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Snackin’ – Pennsylvania Style!

Pennsylvania may be a land of milk and honey but it’s also a land of pretzels, potato chips, and candy. The Keystone State is a leader in the production of these snack foods and York County, in particular, is home to so many factories that it has become known as the Snack Food Capital of the World. Manufacturers of these savory snacks, however, are located throughout Pennsylvania. Many of...
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