Letters to the Editor

Letters presents readers' comments and reactions to specific articles in Pennsylvania Heritage, the initiatives of PHMC, and other developments in the historical, cultural and museum communities of Pennsylvania.

Sam Kuhnert

After reading the summer edition of your magazine, especially the article about Sam Kuhnert (“With a Camera in the Sky“), I remembered an old photograph that hung in my grandfather’s house. After searching several hours in the attic, I found it! Sure enough, it is an old Kuhnert aerial view of State College and the same one used in the article. Al­though I had intended to hang it in my office, my son, after reading the piece, has “claimed” it for his house. Thank you for the – article on this brave “flying photogra­pher.”

Joyce L. Russell
Erie, Pa.

I am interested in the topogra­phy and city planning patterns which evolved during the last fifty years. What an “eye opener” your Sam Kuhnert article turned out to be. Can you please tell me how long the exhibition in Harrisburg will last? It’s on my “must do” list.

Michael S. Stetson
York, Pa.

“Sam Kuhnert: Flying Photogra­pher,” a major exhibition of the photography of the central Penn­sylvania native, is on view at The State Museum through January 18, 1987. The shaw includes Kuhnert’s aerial views, as well as photographs of early pilots and their airplanes, celebrities and disasters. A number of special programs, including a film series and a symposium, are planned for the duration of the shaw. For more information about these events, write: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026. (See the fall 1986 edition of “Currents” for a brief description of the exhibit.)


The Geologic Sur­vey

The drawings illustrating “The Pennsylvania Geologic Sur­vey” in the summer edition are beautiful. I am researching artists’ early depictions of the Pennsylvania countryside and would like to examine a copy of the survey report so that I may see, firsthand, these and other views. Do you know where I might find a copy of this report?

Harry S. Langford
Philadelphia, Pa.

Don’t be surprised if one of Phila­delphia’s larger libraries (or inter­library loan) is able to turn up a copy of The Geology of Penn­sylvania, by Henry D. Rogers and published by J.B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, in 1858. If you are unable to locate the report, you may contact the author di­rectly: Donald M. Hoskins, Bu­reau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, P.O. Box 2357, Harrisburg, PA 17108. The bureau has several copies in its library.


Eagles Mere

Eagles Mere a shangri-la? You know it is. I really enjoyed the great old post cards of Eagles Mere in “Of Cottages and Kings” in the summer edition. I only hope that not too many others “discover” this little bit of paradise.

Clarence F. Majors
Williamsport, Pa.


When I read about Eagles Mere in the last issue, I thought of the many – and what I thought would be endless – days my mother, aunts and I spent during those delicious summers. Your ar­ticle brought a smile, as well as a tear, for I miss those wonder­ful, innocent days among friends. Thank you for the lovely memories.

Gertrude Simpson
Baltimore, Md.


Etcetera …

The photograph of Sedgeley, which appeared on page 27 of the spring issue as an illustration for John C. Van Home’s excellent article, “Benjamin Henry Latrobe: The Artist As Commentator,” was not lent by the Maryland Histori­cal Society as noted in the Picture Credits. Instead, the view was published through the courtesy of the Fairmount Park Commission, Philadelphia. We regret this error.