Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Spring 2013 Newsletter: PA Civil War 150 Exhibits Recent Grants Received Through the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Calendar for April – June 2013 Pennsylvania Turnpike Films PHMC Pilot Inventory Project Welcome, Caleb Sisak Lecture by Harold Holzer Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members PHF Board  ...
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U.S. Sanitary Commission Great Central Fair

Soon after the outbreak of the American Civil War it became apparent that sanitary conditions in camps and on the battlefields were less than ideal. A group of women in New York first organized efforts to improve conditions and provide comfort to soldiers. Similar groups throughout the North also began to form and it became clear that efforts would be more efficient if overseen by the federal...
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Executive Director’s Letter

The commemoration of historical events and anniversaries is one of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s legislated responsibilities. The year 2013 will provide a number of opportunities to do so. For each of us these anniversaries provide a doorway to discovering more about Pennsylvania’s legacies. This year three notable anniversaries relate to the American Civil War. In January...
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Pennsylvania’s War Governor

On September 14, 1862, Pennsylvania’s Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin invited the governors of the northern and border states to a meeting to be held at Altoona, Blair County, in ten days. The purpose of the meeting that became known as the Loyal War Governors’ Conference — or, simply, the Altoona Conference – was to “take measures for a more active support of the government’s prosecution of...
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Spring Mix

In the last installment of Trailheads, we took a look at how Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster prepares for winter. As a rule, historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trails of History – especially those with outdoor exhibits – are quieter during the winter. Some sites close for a month or two, others are open fewer days during the week. It’s a time to plan...
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