From the PHMC Chair

“There’s a new term in today’s newspaper,” my husband said. “The term is ‘fabricated lies.’” My husband, an especially avid news consumer, is our inhouse pundit. He regularly reports out on such things. The “fabricated lies” to which he is referring is only the latest in a string of confusing terms that have become so common we hardly notice them. False news. Fake science. It’s become...
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Letters to the Editor

Normal Schools As a graduate of one of our state universities, I really should have known something about their origins and devel­opment. Mark K. Fritz’s article [see “The State Normal Schools: Teaching Teachers and Others”] was as enjoyable as it was educational – a rare mix for any story. Since I played college football in the 1950s, the history of the early athlet­ics...
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Warm and Special Memories Upon seeing the cover of the most recent edition of the Pennsylvania Heritage, Spring 2014, I immediately recognized the Harry Whittier Frees photograph. The sight of two cats donned in clothing and perched on a swing evoked warm and special memories. You see, my mother received the book Toodles and Her Friends in 1936 for her first birthday. She had several books from...
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Flight Although the author dis­cussed the role of blacks in avi­ation in the 1920s and 1930s, I was a little disappointed in not seeing any photographs of the first black pilots (see “Aeronauts to Aviators: Pennsylvanians and Flight, 1784-1950,” in the spring 1984 issue). Curtis Johnson Philadelphia, Pa. Efforts were made to locate photographs of the first Pennsyl­vania black pilots...
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County Features My work as an extension specialist takes me to many counties in Pennsylvania. Your features on individual counties have been most helpful in giving me some insight into the cultural and historic character of each. I have kept all my copies of Heritage and refer to them, especially when I’m travel­ing to a county I’ve not visited before. I look forward to the new...
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Reactions I have received the spring 1984 new version of Pennsylvania Heritage. Visually it is pleasing and the articles are varied, interesting and imaginative. With all good wishes for con­tinued success with Heritage – a fine launch! Anne Cook Devon, Pa. A friend introduced me to Pennsylvania Heritage a year ago and the spring issue con­vinced me to renew my sub­scription. The new...
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Volunteerism I was surprised – astounded might be a better word choice – to read the volunteer statistics for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission reported by Dr. Larry E. Tise [see “Executive Director’s Letter” in the summer 1985 issue]. The several organizations for which I volunteer have faced a decline in volunteer efforts, and I am glad to know...
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Schuylkill County The article in the winter 1985 issue on Schuylkill County is quite interesting, but I would like to alert you to other evi­dence about the origins of Potts­ville. The article contains a portrait of John Potts, Junior, a son of John Potts the iron­master, founder of Pottstown and builder of Pottsgrove Mansion. The caption calls the subject of the portrait the founder of...
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Painting the Town I have received many favorable comments on my article on Bethlehem’s artists which appeared in the winter 1985 issue. This study could not have been completed without the kindness and generosity of many Pennsylvania residents who shared their information with me. A partial list of those who helped include: Dorothy Bovee Jones, Dr. Richmond Myers, Jeannette Zug, Martha...
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Fulton County The feature on Fulton County was well done. However, it contains an often repeated error. The error is of no conse­quence to anyone except de­scendants of the founding families of the Little Cove Tonoloway community and to Baptist historians. The founders of the Tonoloway Baptist Church were not “British Bap­tists” at all. They were, by then, old American families of...
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