William Penn’s Colony of Cave People

Of all the stories and accounts relating to the significant role Quakers played in the settlement of the New World, none better illustrates their extraordinary determina­tion and capacity to endure and live for freedom than the way they approached the housing shortage in Philadel­phia in the 1680s. They simply resolved the problem by living in caves along the banks of the Delaware and Schuylkill...
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Heritage Highlights

Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Native American Quillwork Workshop, February 25, 1995 Drake Well Museum, Titusville Old Fashioned Engine Start-up Day, April 29, 1995 Fort Pitt, Pittsburgh Royal American Regiment Parade of the Soldier, April 2, 30, 1995 Colonial Fair at the Point, May 6-7, 1995 Graeme Park, Horsham Native American Cultural Festival, April 29, 1995 Living History Day, June 4, 1995...
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Pennsylvania State Archives

A popular destination for researchers, historians, and genealogists from throughout the world, the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg safeguards millions of government records, dating to the 1681 Charter granted to William Penn by King Charles II. Holdings also include manuscripts, photographs, maps and drawings, court dockets, papers of prominent Pennsylvanians and their families,...
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Executive Director’s Message

Pennsylvania is creating a new strategic plan for preserving and providing continuing access to our remark­able documentary heritage, the first in nearly twenty years. Sponsored by the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commis­sion, an arm of the National Archives, the plan will enable us to assess the extent and...
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Heritage Highlights

Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Washington’s Birthday Commemoration, February 29, 2000 Battlefield Van Tours, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2000 Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata George Beissel 309th Birthday Program, March 1, 2000 Graeme Park, Horsham Native American Cultural Festival, April 29, 2000 Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster Winter Institute, February 11-14, 2000 Antique Apple Wood Grafting...
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This Venerable Document

The famous patient in Harrisburg needed treatment immediately. Dismembered, suffering gaping wounds, and literally growing weaker day by day, the situation was critical. The Pennsylvania State Police provided special escorts to and from Philadelphia to ensure safe transport. Once there, in the city this patient helped create, trained technicians administered highly effective restorative...
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Preserving The Past, Protecting The Future: The State Museum Of Pennsylvania

Part of a museum’s mission is to collect, safeguard, exhibit, and interpret relevant objects and artifacts, and The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg fulfills this goal with singular distinction. Since 1905, the institution has preserved vast collections that chronicle the Commonwealth’s history and natural heritage from earth’s beginning to the present (see...
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Letters Patent from King William and Queen Mary

Letters Patent from King William and Queen Mary Restoring Wm. Penn … Proprietor of Penssilvania, to the Government of the Said Province, dated August 20, 1694, is just one of many documents of the Commonwealth safeguarded by the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg. Like other charters, constitutions, deeds, and treaties that define territorial boundaries, the authority of state...
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Document Preservation at the Pennsylvania State Archives

Preservation is a primary responsibility of all archives. Although the Pennsylvania State Archives, just like the Coca-Cola Archives, the Ford Motor Company Archives, the Chester County Archives, the University of Pennsylvania Archives and various institutional archives of religious denominations and numerous private organizations are responsible for identifying, accessioning, describing and...
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Executive Director’s Message

On March 10, 2003, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) was privileged to dedicate a state historical marker commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the creation of the Pennsylvania State Archives. Congratulations are due to all those individuals -­ both past and present – responsible for establishing and maintaining this outstanding institution. The Pennsylvania...
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