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.

Told Intelligently

I just happened upon a copy of your recent issue which contains an article on Schuylkill County’s great football team of the 1920s [“The Pottsville Maroons, Cheated Again and Again,” by Sara Hodon, Fall 2011]. This is one of the best articles on the team I’ve ever read. Many of the stories about the Maroons are loaded with hyperbole, speculation, hearsay, conjecture, and wild tales; several are even downright shams and embarrassing to Pottsville residents. The story was told intelligently and without the usual furor and vehemence which mars so many accounts. Thanks for the enjoyable — and sane — article.

Bob Owens
Schuylkill Haven, Pa.


Loved the piece on the Pottsville Maroons! Maybe one day the team will be awarded the title it deserves.

My uncle subscribes and I always enjoy the copies he passes along. I’m always impressed by the diversity of articles. Great job!

Dan Evans
Erie, Pa.


My Bucket List

Just when I thought I couldn’t read one more article about Jimmy Stewart [“Jimmy Stewart’s Wonderful Life Began in Pennsylvania” by William C. Kashatus, Fall 2011], along comes yours. What a great read!

I learned much about his early life and family background in Indiana [Pennsylvania], which molded his character. He obviously came from good stock and never forgot where he came from, accounting for his demeanor, politeness, propriety, and impeccable manners.

After reading this article, I put the Jimmy Stewart Museum at the very top of my bucket list.

Bethanne Reichen
Philadelphia, Pa.

To plan a visit to the museum, write: Jimmy Stewart Museum, P.O. Box 1, Indiana, PA 15701; e-mail curator@jimmy.org; or telephone toll-free (800) 83-JIMMY. An events calendar, filmography, and virtual tour are posted on the museum’s website, www.jimmy.org.


Compelling Story

Thank you so much for the Fall 2011 edition of Pennsylvania Heritage. The magazine is always appealing and well done, and we are so appreciative of the extensive and compelling story written on Mr. Stewart by William C. Kashatus. We strongly anticipate a good spike in visitation as a result of this publication.

I do need to mention one point of clarification; the price of admission is incorrect as noted in the article. Adult admission is $7, with corresponding discounts.

Regardless, we are indebted to your staff and Dr. Kashatus for your efforts on behalf of our “Hometown Hero,” James Maitland Stewart.

Timothy F. Harley
Indiana, Pa.

Timothy F. Harley is executive director of the Jimmy Stewart Museum.

The editor sincerely regrets this error. The museum is located in the Indiana Public Library, 835 Philadelphia St., Indiana. Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.