Ruggieri Exhibit: A Commemorative Portrait

It’s as though Nick Ruggieri has compiled a family album for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, then passed it around for the state’s citizens to see and admire. Ruggieri, a widely acclaimed veteran artist, has executed the most comprehensive art collection ever assembled on Pennsylvania. It took four years of travel, work and research. He has painted – in oil, acrylic and watercolor...
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Bookshelf

The Philadelphia and Erie Railroad: Its Place in American Economic History by Homer T. Rosenberger has just been published by The Fox Hills Press. The illustrated book is 748 pages and is available for $18.00 from The Fox Hills Press, 8409 Fox Run, Potomac, Maryland 20854. Copies are also available at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Dr. Rosenberger, a noted historian, is a...
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Bicentennial News

Nationwide Bicentennial Competition A nationwide Bicentennial competition has been designed to give all students in the nation’s elementary, middle and secondary schools a chance to receive widespread public recognition for their individual creative thoughts about America in the Bicentennial Era. “My America – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” is to be the theme of the...
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Executive Director’s Message

Pennsylvanians have always held a sincere and active interest in their historical heritage. This interest, however, has reached new heights with the approach of our Bicenten­nial. New history-oriented groups are forming and existing societies and organizations are taking on new projects, thus improving programs and increasing memberships. We are hopeful this renewed interest in history will...
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Women in Pennsylvania … The First Two Hundred Years

In the past two hundred years thousands of women have contributed significantly to the social, economic, political and cultural richness of Pennsylvania. An encyclopedia could barely sketch their contributions. Since this article cannot possibly present a complete picture of women’s history in our state, it will survey the changes in women’s roles with brief accounts of a few famous...
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Historic Sites of the Revolution

Pennsylvania is unusually rich in historic sites associated with the American Struggle for nationhood two centuries ago. The Bicentennial observance under­scores the importance of this treasury of the state’s historic heritage. The deep involvement of Pennsylvania people and land in the Revolutionary War is reflected by these historic sites maintained by government as well as organizations...
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Executive Director’s Message

Our hope in publishing this special commemorative Bicentennial Edition of Pennsylvania Heritage is to provide a lasting memento of 200 years of Pennsylvania’s heritage. Special focus is given to The American Revolution in Pennsylvania during this, the Bicentennial Year. It is our earnest wish that this publication will be a valuable record of what we as Pennsylvanians point to with pride....
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A Salute to the Bicentennial of the Keystone State

The current Bicentennial celebration commemorates not the birth of the United States, but the proclama­tion of thirteen British-American colonies that were “free and independent states” as of July 4, 17.76. When they formed a loose compact in 1761, their articles of confederation declared that “each state retains its sover­eignty, freedom and independence.” The...
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Postcards Can Be Valuable

William E. Stewart of Arnold, Pennsylvania, may have one of the largest collection of postcards in America. And, in addition, he has a wealth of information on what the cards depict. The postcard originated in Austria in the 1860’s with a young professor. Dr. Emmanuel Herman. The first official postal card appeared on October 1, 1869. Soon Germany and Great Britain introduced similar...
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Mourning Becomes America

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will sponsor a Bicentennial exhibit of mourning art beginning with the art of the fashionable people in the late eighteenth century and concluding with the naive expressions in watercolor, paper, and silhouette in the mid­-nineteenth century. The exhibit opens March 28 [1976] at the William Penn Memorial Museum and will continue through May 27...
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