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.

A Pennsyl­vania “First”

Linda Kowall’s article in the spring 1987 edition, “Pennsyl­vania’s First Television Station: ‘Loving What We Were Do­ing’” is, indeed, terrific. I enjoyed a fine afternoon not only reading it, but also mar­veling at some of the original materials in it which reflect the history of Philadelphia broad­casting as a true broadcast pioneer. Our sincere thanks to you and the author!

Catherine Heinz
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Heinz is director of the Broadcast Pioneers Library and vice president of the Broadcast Pioneers Educa­tional Fund, Washington, D.C.

I thoroughly enjoyed Linda Kowall’s article on television in Pennsylvania. She certainly captured the excitement and drama surrounding the begin­nings of one of the industry’s pioneers. Knowing Ms. Ko­wall’s talents in careful re­search and exceptional writing skills, I always look forward to reading her articles and learn­ing about her many projects.

Sylvia Arden
San Diego, Calif.

Ms. Arden is head of the library and manuscript collec­tions of the San Diego Histori­cal Society.


The Unknown Scribe

Thank you very much for the article by Arthur Plotnik (“The Search for Jacob Shallus“) in the fall 1987 issue. Amidst the eloquent praise for our found­ing fathers emanating during the bicentennial of the Consti­tution, it’s heartwarming to know that an “ordinary” American citizen played such a major role in this epic mo­ment. It’s about time for Jacob Shallus to receive the credit he richly deserves.

Rose Mountz
Philadelphia, Pa.



Although the query published in the “Mailbox” column of the fall 1986 edition regarding the aquatic plant life of Wildwood Lake (known as Wetzel’s Swamp until about 1905) in Harrisburg, elicited a light response, I was very pleased with the results. Thank you very much for printing my request for information.

William S. Ettinger
Douglassville, Pa.

“Mailbox” is provided to readers for the exchange and collection of information and data. The depart­ment invites queries from both scholars and students regarding any aspect of Pennsylvania’s history and culture.


The Molly Maguires

Just when I thought I had read everything I ever wanted con­cerning the Molly Maguires, I happened on the fall edition containing “The Molly Ma­guires: Fighting For Justice” by William C. Kashatus III. The author certainly offered a new perspective on the Mollies, as well as on the general labor unrest in the coal regions during the late nineteenth century. Twas also impressed by the period wood engrav­ings; they certainly conveyed the drama of the era.

Whitney Flinchbaugh
Bethlehem, Pa.


Etcetera …

In “Fathers of Modern Photogra­phy: The Brothers Langenheim” by Ellen NicKenzie Lawson, which appeared in the fall 1987 edition, it was noted that Fre­derick and William Langenheim’s daguerreotypes were not shown in the Smithsonian Institution’s annual exhibition of 1859. The exhibit was conducted at the Franklin Institute in Philadel­phia, not the Smithsonian. The editorial staff regrets this error.