PHMC Highlights presents stories and information about PHMC programs, events, exhibits and activities.

Trains for the Governor’s Residence

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania annually assembles an operating train layout for the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. Governor Edward G. Rendell shows his appreciation to Railroad Museum security chief Dennis Keperling and Railroad Museum educator Troy Grubb.


Then & Now Time Line of Military Uniforms and Equipment

1st Pennsylvania Provincial Chris Witmer of Mohnton, 2nd Class Petty Officer (and Military Museum educator) Joe Horvath of State College, and Lieb Regiment Hessian Ed Manning of Lake Ariel prepare for the fashion show at the annual Fall 2009 “Then & Now Time Line of Military Uniforms and Equipment” held on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County.


94th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show

By all measures, the archaeology exhibit at the 94th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show was a resounding success. Throughout the course of the week, tens of thousands of visitors enjoyed the ever popular replica dugout canoe, selected artifacts on display from excavated sites on Pennsylvania’s Trails of History, complimentary posters and brochures, and flint knapping demonstrations. Janet Johnson, assistant curator of The State Museum, explains the purpose of several artifacts on display from Ephrata Cloister, one of the historic sites along the Pennsylvania Trails of History.


PA Bookstore Presentations

The Pennsylvania State Bookstore continues to set new attendance records with its noontime presentation series held in Harrisburg’s Commonwealth Keystone Building and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Beginning in 2010, Debra Sandoe McCauslin’s presentation on January 17, titled “Discovering Forgotten History,” brought to life her investigative process into history which also led to her past Pennsylvania Heritage feature article (“Black Settlement on Yellow Hill,” Fall 2008). This and the subsequent presentation on January 27 by author Ken Frew, enjoyed high attendance. Frew provided a stunningly visual presentation on his book Building Harrisburg: The Architects and Builders, 1719–1941. February also included presentations by Rachel Jones Williams and Governor Dick Thornburgh.

March is Women’s History Month, and began with a presentation on March 10 titled “Women on the Home Front,” a riveting presentation about the women on the American Civil War’s northern home front presented by Judith Giesberg. March 17 continues with “Local Voices: Linda Hicks and Nancy Chavez,” and is followed on March 24 by “Violet Oakley’s State Capitol Murals,” presented by the Capitol Preservation Committee.