Commission Activities

News presents briefs about current and forthcoming programs, events, exhibits and activities of historical and cultural institutions in Pennsylvania.

Commissioner Receives Award

A member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has received a Certificate of Commendation for co-authoring A History of Pennsylvania.

Philip S. Klein, of State College and professor emeritus of history at The Pennsylvania State University, received the award, along with co-author Ari Hoogenboom. Dr. Hoogen­boom is professor of history and chairman of the History Department of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

The American Association for State and Local History made the award to Drs. Klein and Hoogenboom.

A History of Pennsylvania explores the political, eco­nomic, social and cultural developments of the state from the earliest settlement to the present. The authors empha­size the unique quality of the Pennsylvania experience by concentrating on major personalities, problems and events in the Commonwealth’s history.

The illustrated 559-page book, published by McGraw­-Hill Book Company, is available at bookstores in two edi­tions. Cost of the text edition is $10.95 while the trade edi­tion is $14.50.

Dr. Klein is a charter member, former president and secretary of the Pennsylvania Historical Association and is currently a member of the association’s Council and Editorial Board. He also has served as a member’ of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Historical Foundation. vice-president of the Roland Curtin Foundation, consultant for the Buchanan Foundation, and co-founder of the Home­stead Foundation.

Dr. Klein is the author of several other books, including The Story of Wheatland, Pennsylvania Politics: A Game without Rules, President James Buchanan: A Biography. He co-authored, with Arthur Bining A History of the United States and with H. S. Alshouse, Pennsylvania Pioneers and Pennsylvania Leaders.

Dr. Hoogenboom has served as secretary of the PHA and was a Guggenheim Fellow during 1965-66. He authored Outlawing the Spoils: A History of the Civil Service Reform Movement, 1865-1883. He co-authored with William S. Sachs The Enterprising Colonials: Society on the Eve of the Revolution and with Olive Hoogenboom, The Gilded Age.

 

Oral History Workshop

Approximately 200 persons participated in the Oral History Workshop October 10 [1975] at the William Penn Memorial Museum. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies co-sponsored the event in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s Clubs.

John E. Bodnar, assistant director of the Bureau of Archives and History, the PHMC, standing in for William J. Wewer, PHMC executive director, and Ms. Elizabeth Haller of the PDE, spoke at the opening session. Carl Oblinger, associate historian, PHMC, and workshop chairman, discussed the purpose of the workshop.

Alice Hoffman, history professor at the King of Prussia Graduate Center, The Pennsylvania State University, and president-elect of the Oral History Association, discussed the topic,”Why Oral History?” Murray Durst of the Institutional Development and Economic Affairs Service, Inc. (IDEAS), Washington, D.C., spoke on “The Values of Oral History for the Community and the Student.” IDEAS is an organization dedicated to disseminating the Foxfire concept.

Other participants included Pat Rogers of Foxfire; Bruce Weston of California State College; Mary Kihl, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown; Frank Wright, Henderson High School, West Chester; Jeannette Lasansky of the Union County Bicentennial Project; Ann Schofield of Carbondale; Corine Krause, Carlow College, Pittsburgh; and Mary Smyth of Troy High School.

The conference was geared to the needs of amateurs from many diverse backgrounds. For that reason the morning was devoted to an introductory topic lecture by Professor Hoffman, the afternoon was divided into five smaller workshops in such areas as black history, women’s history, Bi­centennial activities, publications and ethnic communities.

Ms. Haller and Mrs. Faye Dissinger of the Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s Clubs helped to identify participants and to plan the program.

Workshop sessions were tape recorded and are being trans­cribed and edited. Anyone interested in securing a copy of the proceedings should write: Carl Oblinger, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120.

 

Governor Honors Employee

Governor Milton J. Shapp has presented a plaque to Samuel Mauray, manager of the State Records Center at William Penn Memorial Museum and Archives Building, for a suggestion that results in cutting costs in the storage of state records.

The Governor presented the plaque in lieu of a monetary award because the suggestion is related to the recipient’s job.

Mr. Mauray’s suggestion, now implemented, was that the various state agencies adopt the use of a one-piece box for record storage at a cost of twenty-five cents each or thirty­seven cents less than the previously used two-piece box. Ap­proximately 50,000 boxes are used annually, and the first year savings is estimated at $18,500. The new box also re­quires less storage space, is easier and safer to handle and provides an easier inventory because more space is available for recording information on its contents.

 

Chairman Speaks

“Links with the Past, Present and Future” was the topic of Mrs. Ferne Smith Hetrick for her talk at the fall meeting of the Jean Ribault Chapter, Huguenot Society of Pennsyl­vania. Mrs. Hetrick, chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, spoke at the William Penn Memorial Museum.

Mrs. Thomas Burkey of Chambersburg is chapter presi­dent.

 

Chief Curator Retires

Eric de Jonge, an authority on folk art and pewter, has retired as chief curator and decorative arts curator at the William Penn Memorial Museum. He helped to organize 1he State Museum when its construction was completed approximately ten years ago.

Prior to joining the staff of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1959, Mr. de Jonge was associated with the Henry F. du Pont Winterthur Museum in Dela­ware. He also had been a consultant to museums and private collectors.

In his sixteen-year association with the Commission, Mr. de Jonge worked extensively on the collections and exhibits, of the William Penn Museum and for the other PHMC mu­seums and historic sites throughout the Commonwealth. He was also a source of information to many citizens who had questions regarding the entire field of decorative arts. In addition, he lectured at the annual seminars held at Pennsbury Manor in Bucks County and the Pennsylvania Farm Museum at Landis Valley, Lancaster.

Mr. de Jonge, who helped Pennsylvania build her folk It and other collections, was born in Essen, Germany, and studied at Heidelberg and Darmstadt Universities.

The Commission recognized de Jonge’s service to Commonwealth and to the Commission by a resolution appreciation.

 

Consultant Assumes Duties

John L. Tottenham will be a two-year consultant assisting Dr. Louis Waddell in the Bureau of Archives and History in the major project of editing and publishing the Papers of Henry Bouquet. Bouquet was the Swiss soldier of fortune whose massive correspondence reveals so much about the Indian, military, social and political affairs of the middle colonies, particularly Pennsylvania, before the shortly Revolution.

Mr. Tottenham’s salary is entirely funded by a federal grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Mr. Tottenham, who received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degree from the University of Michigan, is specialist in military and colonial American history, and currently working toward a doctorate of philosophy with study of the origins, recruitment, and organization of Loyalist provincial units during the Revolution.