Letters to the Editor

A Little Math In case no one else noticed, in “Letters to the Editor” appearing in the Winter 1999 edition, letter writer Jack Bitner of Mt. Gretna states that $68,000 in 1880 would be worth three to four million dollars today. The editorial response to Eric G. Blumenthal’s question about Asa Packer’s worth in the same column states it was valued at twenty million dollars...
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Executive Director’s Letter

This edition of Pennsylvania Heritage carries important messages about citizenship. As we celebrate the birthdays of American presi­dents, reflect on the efforts of African Americans during Black History Month in February, and launch a three hundredth birth­day celebration for Benjamin Franklin, the articles in this issue remind us of both our rights and responsibilities as citizens. My...
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A Conversation about Citizenship

Barbara Franco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), recently discussed the importance of citizen training with Pennsylvania’s First Lady, Judge Marjorie O.Rendell, and Richard Stengel, president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia. Judge Rendell is active in promoting citizenship education through the...
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PHMC Highlights

If disaster strikes, what happens to the Commonwealth’s irreplaceable public records and historic documents is of critical importance. Last fall, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) staged a “mini-disaster” at the State Records Center in Harrisburg. Several staff members of the PHMC’s Bureau of Archives and History staff attended a two-day NARA disaster preparedness and...
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