Jonas Salk (1914-1995)

“Young man, a great tragedy has just befallen you,” newscaster Edward R. Murrow told Dr. Jonas Salk in the spring of 1955. “What’s that, Ed?” Salk asked. “You’ve just lost your anonymity,” Murrow replied. Salk, a self-made medical scientist, instantly gained world fame with the announcement that he had developed an effective vaccine for...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Spring 2009 Newsletter: Signature Series Lecture: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia Energy Theme Events A Common Canvas Exhibit Opening and Reception Calendar for April – June 2009 Welcome New PHS Members Continued Funding for the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Pennsylvania Support for 2009 Summer Environmental Heritage Internship Grants in the Field  ...
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Rising from the Muck: The Marshalls Creek Mastodon

For as long as I can remember, I have known of the little village of Marshalls Creek, near East Stroudsburg, in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Monroe County. My maternal grandparents, Bertha and Arthur Pflieger, rented a cottage each summer in the Poconos at the Cottage Colony, part of the Mountain Lake House, a popular resort for many New Yorkers and city dwellers during the 1940s and the...
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Sacred Places in Pennsylvania: Signs of Religious Freedom and Diversity

When William Penn established Pennsylvania, he did so in part to create a place where his own faith community, the Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers), could worship freely, just as the Puritans did in Massachusetts and the Baptists in Rhode Island. But Penn went further – he established freedom for other faiths and creeds, welcoming one and all, regardless of their beliefs and...
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