Pennsylvania Military Museum

With its new facade emblazoned with enormous military service ribbons in brilliant colors, the Pennsylvania Military Museum no longer melds innocuously into the picturesque Centre County countryside at Boalsburg. In fact, the building’s expanded exterior is eye-catching, beckoning travelers on Business Route 322 to stop and visit the popular attraction along the Pennsylvania Trail of...
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The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Vertebrate paleontologist and The State Museum of Pennsylvania senior curator Robert M. Sullivan, along with world renowned dinosaur paleontologist Rob­ert T. Bakker and three other colleagues, have named a new dragon-like, spiked-headed dinosaur from South Dakota. The prehistoric reptile is a bizarre, flat-headed pachy­cephalosaurid dinosaur whose skull is covered with knobs and spikes and...
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Pennsbury Manor

Three hundred and twenty-five years ago this autumn, on October 28, 1682, to be precise, William Penn (1644–1718) arrived at Upland, now Chester in Delaware County, to begin laying the foundations of his “Holy Experiment,” his beloved province of Pennsylvania. Nearly eighteen months earlier, in March 1681, he had received the charter for land that is now Pennsylvania from England’s King Charles...
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Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park

The newly opened, $103 million Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, the result of a cooperative project between the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation, places the American Civil War’s turning point in perspective, using exhibits, sound, video, and setting to give visitors a deeper understanding of the war and its impact. A decade in the making, the...
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The State Museum Commemorates the Civil War

Commemorations of the American Civil War are nearly as old as the conflict itself. Little more than six years after the war ended General George Gordon Meade of Philadelphia spoke to Union army veterans at a reunion in Boston. “Comrades of the Army of the Potomac,” he began, “the first thing I shall do, which we ought to do . . . is to return our thanks to the Great Being who,...
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