Art with a Purpose: Pennsylvania’s Museum Extension Project, 1935-1943

Like other relief programs launched during the Great Depression under the aegis of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, the goal of federal arts programs of the 1930s was two-fold: to rescue unemployed Americans from poverty and to produce something of public benefit. One of the unintended byproducts was controversy. In 1937, the Federal Art and Theatre Project unintentionally...
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Executive Director’s Letter

In several months we will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), organized in Philadelphia as the Pennsylvania Historical Commission on March 21, 1914. As I reviewed selected PHMC highlights of the timeline appearing in this edition (“PHMC Celebrates A Century of Service”), I was immediately struck by two themes. The first is the...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Spring 2010 Newsletter: Buy-a-Bone Preview Penn National Insurance Supports In-depth State Museum School Visits Calendar for April – June 2010 Wind Titans: A Pennsylvania Photo Essay Signature Series PHS Annual Appeal Membership Benefit Reminder Welcome New PHS Members Please Share Your Email Address With Us  ...
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From the Editor

As the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) moves towards the conclusion of its 2010 theme, “Black History in Pennsylvania: Communities in Common,” at the end of this year, I am pleased that Pennsylvania Heritage continues to play an ongoing role. Readers will discover even more about the Keystone State’s African American heritage and culture in regularly...
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Rising from the Muck: The Marshalls Creek Mastodon

For as long as I can remember, I have known of the little village of Marshalls Creek, near East Stroudsburg, in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Monroe County. My maternal grandparents, Bertha and Arthur Pflieger, rented a cottage each summer in the Poconos at the Cottage Colony, part of the Mountain Lake House, a popular resort for many New Yorkers and city dwellers during the 1940s and the...
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Scientists Confirm Discovery of New Dinosaur at The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Scientists have confirmed the discovery of a new dinosaur dating to the late Triassic Period by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Daemonosaurus chauliodus was found in a large mudstone block containing numerous skeletons of the Late Triassic dinosaur Coelophysis, from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. The block was on loan to The State Museum from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of...
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Peter Kalm in Pennsylvania

The territory now recognized as Pennsylvania was once part of a Swedish colony stretching from Delaware to New York. Swedish farmers settled in small villages along the Delaware River, in southern New Jersey, and in the Hudson Valley. Established by the New Sweden Company in March 1638, it was administered from Fort Christina (Wilmington) in what is now Delaware. In 1655, a band of Dutch...
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From the Editor

Because each edition of the magazine has a long lead time – from manuscript development and illustration acquisition to final design and printing – it’s sometimes challenging to write about a season that’s several months in the future. The nor’easter in late October that deposited nearly a foot of snow on parts of central Pennsylvania – and brought the Weather...
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Pennsylvania’s First State Geologist: Henry Darwin Rogers

Geology made Pennsylvania what it is today. The mining of anthracite and bituminous coal, the drilling for petroleum, and the production of iron and steel in the Commonwealth long drove the economy of the United States. Elucidating the history of the geological study of Pennsylvania is an integral part of comprehending its history. Henry Darwin Rogers (1808–1866), the first State Geologist of...
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Executive Director’s Letter

When Governor Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) Chair Andy Masich approached me about leading the agency, I found it impossible to say no. Admittedly, they are both persuasive salesmen, but it is PHMC that proved irresistible. The Commission has long been viewed as a national leader and innovator, widely respected for the scope and quality of its services and...
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