Driving a Call to Action for Pennsylvania’s Historic Bridges

Pennsylvania could just as easily be called the “land of bridges” as it is the Keystone State. With more than 83,161 miles of rivers and streams, there has always been a need for residents and visitors to cross water by ferry, ford, or bridge. The Commonwealth’s topography, with its mountain ranges and valleys, also require structures facilitating passage. Today, the Keystone...
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A Backward Glance at Thirty-Five Years Young

Over the past thirty-five years, Pennsylvania Heritage has brought to readers hundreds of stories about the famous and the not-so-famous, of historic preservation struggles won and lost, and interviews with individuals who either shaped history or interpret it. Our thirty-fifth anniversary, which we’re observing with this edition, gives us a moment to pause and reflect on where we’ve been, where...
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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

As the Commonwealth’s official history agency, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of the Keystone State’s heritage. We rely on the talented staffs of the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, which oversees the popular destinations along the...
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An Interview with Richard C. Saylor: The Impact of the Civil War Legacy in Pennsylvania

Richard C. “Rich” Saylor, an archivist with the Pennsylvania State Archives, has been deep within the treasures that are the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) collections for nearly twenty years. He has become a highly respected expert on Pennsylvania Civil War history, research, and artifacts on behalf of the Commission. With a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn...
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