Hannah Penn, Pennsylvania’s First Woman Governor

On October 1, 1712, William Penn (1644-1718) and his second wife Hannah Callowhill Penn (1671-1726) left their large country house at Ruscombe, near Reading, England, and made their way to Bristol, located along the south­west coast. Theirs was a bittersweet journey. Just four months earlier, Penn had convinced the Crown to purchase the proprietary rights to Pennsylvania, his beloved – and...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2006 Newsletter: The 2005 Annual Appeal PHMC Partner in $1.2 Million Grant Major Conservation Funding to Civil War Project Seasonal Events at the PHMC Youth Projects at PHMC Sites and Museums New Exhibit Celebrates African Americans in Pennsylvania Pennsbury Plus  ...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2007 Newsletter: Signature Series: Randall Miller Lecture A Successful Capitol Tour Calendar for January – March 2007 Holiday Marketplace Signature Series: David Hackett Fischer Signature Series Tour: Covered Bridges of Lancaster County PHS Annual Appeal  ...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Each year Penn State Harrisburg’s Center for Survey Research conducts a statewide poll. This year’s survey asked a sampling of residents how important Pennsylvania fhistory is to them and in what ways do they experience or support it. Over the years, Pennsylvania Heritage Society members and readers of Pennsylvania Heritage have regularly expressed their deep appreciation for the history and...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2008 Newsletter: Signature Series: Daniel K. Richter to Speak Original 1681 Charter Dr. Guion S. Bluford Jr. at the State Museum of Pennsylvania Calendar for January – March 2008 PHMC’s Washington Crossing Historic Park, October 11 Holiday Marketplace Gift Memberships Remember PHS in Your Year-End Giving  ...
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Meet Our Readers

Pennsylvania Heritage is a unique benefit for the members of the Pennsylvania Heritage Society (PHS). The magazine has won prestigious design and editorial awards and is widely read throughout the Keystone State in libraries, schools, historical societies, and, of course, by PHS members. Many, after enjoying each issue, pass it on to relatives, friends, and neighbors. In addition to enjoying the...
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PHMC Highlights

A new Civil War Trails experience, making the history of the epic event more accessible to present and future generations, was unveiled in Chambersburg, Franklin County, in April. The initiative features forty “story stops” and twenty-five historic destinations throughout southcentral Pennsylvania. Two principal steering committee members who spoke at the unveiling were PHMC Executive Director...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Beginning with special programs at our historic sites and museums in March to celebrate the anniversary of Penn’s Charter establishing Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has been preparing for the busy summer season. With greatly reduced staff — the result of severe budget cuts to PHMC and its programs — we have been strengthening relationships with existing...
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Discovering Religious Diversity Along the Pennsylvania Trails of History

William Penn (1644-1718) knew well the sting of discrimination and the misery of persecution for his religious beliefs. He suffered the consequences of breaking with the Church of England, leading to estrangement from his father, Admiral Sir William Penn (1621-1670). When imprisoned for attending meetings of the Society of Friends – commonly called Quakers and Friends – the younger...
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