Executive Director’s Message

Our hope in publishing this special commemorative Bicentennial Edition of Pennsylvania Heritage is to provide a lasting memento of 200 years of Pennsylvania’s heritage. Special focus is given to The American Revolution in Pennsylvania during this, the Bicentennial Year. It is our earnest wish that this publication will be a valuable record of what we as Pennsylvanians point to with pride....
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Executive Director’s Message

Historians are expressing a grave concern that ours is a generation that is not learning history and that our schools are not promoting the study of history as a vital part of the educational process. Some students look upon the classroom presentation of history as lacking in opportunities for a personal relationship with historic events, persons, and places. They say that history does not...
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Executive Director’s Message

The first settlers in Pennsylvania were primitive people who brought from Asia and across the North American Continent very little on which to build a civilization. With language, crude tools and a very simple social organization based on family ties, they built a social and economic environment which worked to improve their personal and collective well-being, and later contributed their...
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Executive Director’s Message

Pennsylvania was truly the “Birthplace of a Nation” as was Valley Forge the birthplace of a disciplined revolu­tionary fighting force which made a new nation a reality. Today, Valley Forge stands as a symbol of the hardships, sufferings and the determinations of men who brought about our independence. Valley Forge is known to all Americans and, as In.dependence Hall, is revered as a...
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Executive Director’s Message

Despite repeated urgings, many historical societies in Pennsylvania have failed to inquire into their tax-exempt status. While frequently overlooked, this seemingly minor matter can be of fundamental importance to the operation of local organizations. If a society hopes to raise charitable funds for its operations, secure governmental grants, and even accept cash awards, it must be registered as...
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Executive Director’s Message

The Pennsylvania Trail of History comes to full life every spring, but in 1977 there also is the signal of the end of a long, hard winter. People seem more than ever to want to get out and enjoy the sights. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission staff is preparing for a heavy visitation as the new season gets underway for the Commission’s various museums and historic properties...
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Executive Director’s Message

This issue of Pennsylvania Heritage, I am pleased to say, is devoted to the study of Pennsylvania’s Black community from the American Revolution to World War II. It suggests two themes – mass migration to Pennsylvania from the South and the subsequent Black struggle for survival and expression in an indifferent and oftentimes hostile world. I think it shows the importance of two...
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Executive Director’s Message

When Pennsylvania Heritage was first published in its present form in December 1974, we expressed hope that our new magazine would provide a medium of communication for those persons interested in Pennsylvania history. Our intent was to serve all groups and individuals concerned with the preservation of our heritage regardless of the depth or active expression of their interests. The...
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Executive Director’s Message

A significant amount of material with historical value is continually reclaimed in a State the size of Pennsylvania. While ideally these manuscripts, photographs, and maps should be placed in depositories to be preserved and pro­cessed by archivists, the reality of the situation is such that a good many institutions acquire historical documents. Unfortunately, many of the collecting libraries...
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Executive Director’s Message

The growth of governmental support for historical societies in Pennsylvania has been slow and halting. The historical record has been somewhat uneven with state support assisting occasional projects such as the construc­tion of headquarters for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Western Pennsylvania Historical Society. A 1977 survey conducted by the Federation of Historical Societies...
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