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Harmony in Wood: Furniture of the Harmony Society by Philip D. Zimmerman published by the Friends of Old Economy Village, 2010; 214 pages, cloth, $60.00 Creators of an immensely successful nineteenth-century utopian society, the Harmonists, led by George Rapp (1757–1847), emigrated from Germany and first settled Harmony in Butler County in 1804, moved west to Indiana ten years later where they...
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Ornate Looking Glass at Old Economy Village

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), observing “William Penn’s Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity” as its annual theme for 2011, has no paucity of objects, artifacts, documents, even buildings and structures, associated with a wide array of faiths. PHMC’s Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Beaver County, developed between 1824 and 1831, was home to the Harmony Society,...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Pennsylvania is widely recognized as one of the most visited states in the nation. Tourists flock here to see authentic places and national historical landmarks such as the Gettysburg Battlefield, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Fallingwater, and Independence Hall. But they also come to explore our historic cities and towns, pristine landscapes, and the diverse cultural traditions of...
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From the Editor

The annual themes adopted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) give citizens of this great Commonwealth ample opportunity to explore the rich history, culture, and heritage that truly hallmark Pennsylvania as the keystone of a nation. PHMC’s annual theme for 2012, “The Land of Penn and Plenty: Bringing History to the Table” has allowed Pennsylvania...
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A Century of Wine: Viniculture of the Harmony Society

The Harmony Society was a religious communal group that immigrated to the United States in 1805 from Württemberg, Germany. Members established their first home just north of Pittsburgh in the small community of Harmony, Butler County, near Zelienople. After ten years the Harmonists moved to the Indiana Territory and established their second community which they also called Harmony, now known as...
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