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.

Berks County

My family moved from Read­ing nearly fifty years ago, but I enjoyed “Berks County: Dia­mond of the Schuylkill Valley” by Louis M. Waddell in the fall 1991 edition. The whole region still holds great fascination for me, even though I don’t visit as much as I would like. This article reminded me of many stories I had heard as a child.

Bernice Jackson
Pittsburgh, Pa.



When I received my spring 1991 issue of Pennsylvania Heri­tage, I was just delighted to find a publication by the Wom­an’s Club of Murrysville men­tioned as a book for further reading at the conclusion of “Westmoreland County: Wel­come to the Western Frontier” by Michael J. O’Malley III. This is Murrysville, originally pub­lished in 1959, was very well received and had been re­printed. Of its authors, Marion L. Berger is deceased, but Helene M. Foley still resides in this area. As a member of the Murrysville Historical Preser­vation Society, and the Wom­an’s Club representative to this society, I felt great pride to be able to inform both member­ships that our little book had been featured in Pennsylvania Heritage! Thank you for finding merit in This is Murrysville.

Jacquelyn D. Wimer
Export, Pa.



Congratulations to author Jerry Clouse for his interesting and informative piece on the Whiskey Rebellion (“The Whiskey Boys Versus the Wa­termelon Army“) in the spring 1991 issue. However, I must take issue with him on one point. The author wrote, in part: “A melding of settlers with distinct religious beliefs, cultural ties, and political ideals contributed to to the Whiskey Rebellion. Most of the population was Anglo, including English, Welsh, Irish, and Scotch-Irish …” The Welsh, Irish, and Scotch-Irish are of Celtic extraction, not Anglo.

William G. Williams
Camp Hill, Pa.


In the Realm

I was delighted to see a report on the retrospective exhibition “Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture” in the sum­mer issue of Pennsylvania Heri­tage. This exhibition, which opened in October 1991 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will complete its international tour after having visited seven major museums on three con­tinents! Pennsylvania Heritage may not be aware that the Louis I. Kahn Collection, prin­cipal lender to the exhibition, is a state treasure. After Kahn’s death in 1974, the Common­wealth of Pennsylvania pur­chased the Kahn papers, rescuing this extraordinary archive from dispersal and assuring its preservation for future scholars. In 1977 the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission placed the Kahn Collection on perma­nent loan to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where it has served as the basis for true scholarly explo­rations into Kahn’s work. The Kahn Collection is housed in the Architectural Archives, a splendid new facility located in the historic Furness Building, recently restored by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. Visitors are welcome from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. For further information please write: Louis I. Kahn Collection, Ar­chitectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, 220 South Thirty-Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311; or telephone (215) 898-8323.

Julia Moore Converse
Philadelphia, Pa.

Julia Moore Converse is cura­tor of the Louis I. Kahn Collection.



Just several days after I had finished reading “Brewery­town, U.S.A.” (by Rich Doch­ter and Rich Wagner in the summer 1991 edition), I learned the good news that the Brewerytown Historic District was named to the National Register of Historic Places. This wonderful old neighborhood – despite the destruction of the industry during Prohibition and changes in the use of these original buildings – contains the largest surviving cluster of buildings from the city’s golden age of brewing. Thank you for alerting all of Pennsyl­vania to this marvelous trea­sure. (Yes, I am a brewerania enthusiast and a historic preservationist!)

Barry N. Jones, Sr.
Philadelphia, Pa.