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.

Bryn Athyn

When l was a young boy – I am eighty-five years old – my father and mother took me to see Bryn Athyn being built. I cannot remember if the year was 1914 or 1915, but I do re­member the excitement of that day. I talked to the workers and the craftsmen who showed us their beautiful work. It was an experience that I will never forget, and your article (“Where Man May Forget The World“) in the fall edition rekindled pleasant memories.

Claude W. Wolf, Sr.
Avalon, N.J.


The Flying Photogra­pher

Pennsylvania Heritage is truly a quality publication from cover to cover, and it is very gratify­ing that you would include that wonderfully written ar­ticle on my dad (“With a Cam­era in the Sky: Samuel W. Kuhnert, Aerial Photogra­pher“) in the summer issue of your outstanding magazine. There is, of course, family pride involved, but I have always been proud of Pennsyl­vania’s history and have al­ways boasted about its capitol – both city and building. Thank you again.

Robert E. Kuhnert
Dayton, Ohio

Your lead article about Sam Kuhnert’s aerial photography in the summer edition is one I enjoyed with relish. May we see more of the like? The authors stated that his family “donated his entire collection” to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and that it “contains most major towns ” near Harrisburg. I would be interested in obtain­ing views he made of Carlisle. Is this possible?

M. A. Calaman
Carlisle, Pa.

The Kuhnert Collection, number­ing six thousand pieces, is open for public research by visiting the search room of the State Archives, adjacent to The State Museum of Pennsylvania in center-city Har­risburg. The aerial views are arranged alphabetically by the names of tire towns, and reproduc­tions are available for a modest fee. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. For additional informa­tion, write: Pennsylvania State Archives, P.O. Box I026, Harris­burg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 783-3281.


Research Query

Thank you very much for printing my query in the “Mailbox” department in the summer 1985 edition. The results helped me write an article entitled “Nothing Seemed Impossible: Frank N. Moore and the Mineral Cities Railway” in the July 1986 issue of the Missouri Historical Re­view. Your kind assistance made my job easier. Thanks again!

Robert E. Smith
Joplin, Mo.

“Mailbox” is a free information exchange for and by readers in search of information on all as­pects of Pennsylvania’s history, culture and art. Individuals and institutions wishing to use this public service should address all queries to “Mailbox” in care of this magazine.



I’ve been a freelance writer for fifteen years and believe that I have several topics which might be appropriate for publi­cation in your fine periodical. How should I proceed?

Eric A. Bishop
Philadelphia, Pa.

Quality manuscripts are always sought for possible publication in Pennsylvania Heritage. The manuscript submission process begins ideally with a query or an outline, but full-length manu­scripts are welcome as well. Complete details are available by requesting a copy of our guidelines for contributors. The guidelines contains information concerning style, content, illustrations and payment. The editorial staff ea­gerly looks forward to fresh ideas and innovative approaches to interpreting Pennsylvania’s fasci­nating history.



Two inaccuracies were missed by the editorial staff in the summer edition. In the caption on page 27 (“Celebrating a Century and a Half“), Pulpit- Rocks near Hun­tingdon are four hundred million years old, not four hundred. In “Eagles Mere: Of Cottages and Kings” (page 19), the beautiful lake resort is two thousand feet above sea level, not two thousand miles. We regret these errors.