Sylvania Electric Products

Nestled in the valley of the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek sits Emporium, the seat of Cameron County. Emporium was known for industries that were prominent in other central Pennsylvania towns: lumber, coal, dynamite, iron smelting and tanning. By the early 20th century, however, the borough made a name for itself as the home of Sylvania Electric Products, which produced...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Summer 2022 Newsletter: PHMC Curators Highlight Objects from Collections Rachel Yerger on Sugar Tongs from Cornwall Iron Furnace Jennifer Royer on the Undertaker’s Sleigh at Landis Valley PHF Announces New Board Members  ...
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Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown by Pat Farabaugh

Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown by Pat Farabaugh The History Press, 187 pp., paperback $21.99 Those with an interest in Pennsylvania history and natural disasters will never want for more in the examination of the Johnstown Flood and its aftermath. Farabaugh’s study condenses the standard story of Johnstown’s floods while engaging a parallel narrative of the decline of its...
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Somebody Else’s Dream by Maxim W. Furek

Somebody Else’s Dream Dakota, The Buoys & “Timothy” by Maxim W. Furek Sunbury Press, 356 pp., paperback $19.95 Maxim W. Furek’s Somebody Else’s Dream explores one of the strangest hit records in rock and roll history — the Buoys’ “Timothy” (1971). Written by Rupert Holmes of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” fame, “Timothy” told a macabre tale about three guys trapped in a mine cave-in. By the...
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The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia, edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode

The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia History, Culture, People, and Ideas Edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode Temple University Press, 424 pp., hardcover $50 This recent volume is comprehensive and interdisciplinary, featuring essays from a variety of contributors. It is organized into four sections that focus on important periods of Philadelphia’s history. Section one explores the colonial...
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Made Free and Thrown Open to the Public by Bernadette A. Lear

Made Free and Thrown Open to the Public Community Libraries in Pennsylvania from the Colonial Era through World War II by Bernadette A. Lear University of Pittsburgh Press, 368 pp., hardcover $60 Most people are familiar with public libraries and may know about current challenges they face, such as censorship, neutrality and equity, and their role in response to national crises. Those topics...
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Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania by Beverly C. Tomek

Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania by Beverly C. Tomek Temple University Press, 144 pp., paperback $19.95 For generations, textbook histories discussing Pennsylvania and slavery made Pennsylvania look good. They focused on Quaker antislavery activism, passage of a pathbreaking gradual abolition law, and the emergence of a series of notable antislavery leaders, both African American and white....
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Projecting History: Lantern Slides at the Pennsylvania State Archives

  Before digital projectors and PowerPoint, before the carousel slide or 35mm film strips, and before the overhead, there was the lantern slide. A simple method of projecting images onto a large space, lantern slides were a technological marvel that revolutionized home entertainment, education and photography in Pennsylvania and beyond. Lantern slides, often called “magic lantern slides,”...
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Graeme Park at 300

  The mansion at Graeme Park (graemepark.org) in Horsham, Montgomery County, was the residence of several prominent Pennsylvanians in the 18th century and is today one of the oldest buildings on the Pennsylvania Trails of History. To mark the 300th anniversary of the house, the Friends of Graeme Park posted numerous historical photographs and vignettes on their website and Facebook pages...
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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: 300 Years of the Highest Court in the Commonwealth

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania was established on May 22, 1722, in Philadelphia, Bucks and Chester counties, 67 years before the United States Supreme Court came into existence. It is the oldest appellate court in the nation. Its status became official as part of the Judiciary Act of 1722, separating it from the control of the royal governor. The act made significant progress in establishing...
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