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

Here are a few of the PHMC Highlights that appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of PA Heritage magazine, as well as some extras that didn’t fit in this issue.


Charter Day

The Pennsylvania State Archives hosted an event at the State Museum of Pennsylvania on March 14, 2010. Many historical organizations joined the archives to present information to the public. The original 1681 Charter granted by England’s King Charles II to William Penn was on display.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum celebrated Pennsylvania Charter Day and received over 250 visitors.

Dedicated volunteer George Resh demonstrated lighting techniques of the eighteenth century for visitors to PHMC’s annual Charter Day celebration at Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata.


A Common Canvas

State Museum of Pennsylvania curator Curtis Miner and mural historian David Lembeck, co-curators of the museum’s “A Common Canvas” exhibition in 2008, recently traveled to Bridgeville, to attend a public rededication of a missing mural at the community’s United States Post Office. The State Museum’s exhibition of New Deal-era post office murals and Lembeck’s research inspired the Bridgeville Historical Society to enlarge and re-mount a black-and-white reproduction (above) from an archival image at the National Archives. Artist Walter Carnelli’s original 1941 fresco, which showed various shop floor scenes inside a local steelmaking plant, was destroyed during post office renovations in 1965. Nearly eighty people attended the April 17 ceremony at the Bridgeville post office, including the artist’s daughter, Paula Carnelli of Boston. Presentations

Governor Dick Thornburgh attended a book signing at the Pennsylvania State Museum on February 24, 2010 as part of the Pennsylvania State Bookstore Presentations.

Among its many noontime bookstore presentations in March, April, and May, the Pennsylvania State Bookstore was fortunate to host author and longtime Pennsylvania Heritage contributor William C. Kashatus on April 7. Kashatus’s book, Dapper Dan Flood: The Controversial Life of a Congressional Power Broker, was also covered by the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

On April 14, Valerie Gray, Harrisburg Area Community College professor, presented the generational story “The Fortens of Philadelphia: Prosperity During the Time of Revolution.” This presentation, which highlighted the accomplishments of the prosperous and influential African American family, was a complement to PHMC’s 2010 theme, “Black History in Pennsylvania: Communities in Common.”

April concluded with a well-attended presentation by former governor Mark Schweiker on April 21. His focus on state government’s obligation of ensuring occupational safety, with specific emphasis on his role in the Quecreek mine rescue, along with his enthusiastic support for The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s presentation and interpretation of the Commonwealth’s history resonated with the audience.