The Value of Pennsylvania History

George W. Bush won the presidential election of 2000 because the fifty states cast more electoral votes for him, even though more people actually voted for his opponent, Albert A. Gore Jr. The election reminded Americans about a curious institution called the Electoral College, and an equally peculiar system known as federalism in which each state conducts elections according to distinct laws...
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PHMC Highlights

A popular exhibit at the ninetieth annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, “An Agricultural Tradition for Generations,” held in Harrisburg in January, was the PHMC’s display featuring a dugout canoe – most likely the earliest form of constructed watercraft in the world. While children are encouraged to explore the dugout – essentially a hollowed-out log – ­historic...
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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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PHMC Highlights

To celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal, the PHMC created an attractive commemorative poster. Kathleen Alsvary of the Publications and Sales Division designed the poster and Bureau for Historic Preservation historian Kenneth C. Wolensky authored the historical context appearing on the reverse. Commemorating Pennsylvania’s role in the New Deal economic recovery programs during...
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Birthplace of Commercial Ice Cream Production

The small southern York County borough of Seven Valleys – which counted a population of 517 residents in the 2010 Census – has a lengthy history dating to the earliest German settlers in the mid-eighteenth century. In 1838 after the Northern Central Railroad Company’s line linked Baltimore, Maryland, with York, Jacob Smyser and John E. Ziegler opened the first store and...
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Advanced Technology “Rubs” the Ancient Past

With more than 400,000 visitors, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, held each January, is a terrific opportunity to highlight the best of Pennsylvania agriculture. It’s also an exciting venue to showcase Pennsylvania archaeology and remind the public that archaeological sites are important endangered resources that need protection. Since 1980, PHMC’s Bureau for Historic Preservation and The...
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Marker Program at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) adopted as its 2012 annual theme “The Land of Penn and Plenty: Bringing History to the Table.” State Historical Marker Program staff developed a scavenger hunt featuring twenty-two replica markers related to Pennsylvania’s agricultural and food production history that was launched at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Visitors obtained...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2012 Newsletter: Signature Series Bus Trip to Paint, Pattern and People, an Exhibit at Winterthur State Museum Store Grand Opening Calendar for January – March 2012 PACW150 Road Show Completes 2011 Touring Schedule Welcome New Enlisted Members Welcome New PHS Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members A Fun Way to Learn at the Farm Show  ...
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