Trailheads

Summer is the busiest season on the Pennsylvania Trails of History. Daytrippers enjoy a wealth of options for guided or free-range touring. Families find places to create lasting memories and help stave off the dreaded “learning loss” of summer. Outdoor enthusiasts break up their recreational time, or wait out bad weather, with a gallery visit or two. Numerous summer camp offerings are available...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Summer 2013 Newsletter: Stories from the Homefront: Pennsylvania in the Civil War Opens in September New PaHeritage.org Website Trailheads: 250 Years on the Pennsylvania Trails of History Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members PHF Board Harrisburg SciTech High School Docents Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center Pennsylvania Lumber Museum...
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Looking Back at the Year: 2013

As 2013 draws to a close it’s time to look back at several of the highlights we covered in the Trailheads blog this year. As always, the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History faced challenges with patience and perseverance, as paid and volunteer staff worked to provide engaging programs, tours and exhibits for visitors and for their local communities. The ongoing...
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Heritage Highlights

Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run, August 2-3, 1997 Living History Workshops, August 23-24, 1997 Fall Nature Walk, October 4, 1997 Haunted History Hayrides, October 25, 1997 Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly Civil War Encampment, August 23, 1997 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Lattimer Massacre Symposium, September 13, 1997 Graeme Park,...
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Reenactments at Bushy Run Battlefield

Colonel Henry Bouquet and a force of four hundred British soldiers left Carlisle in July 1763 to relieve the besieged Fort Pitt and end a series of attacks against frontier outposts. On August 5 and 6, Bouquet and his forces scored a decisive victory over the Native Americans at the Battle of Bushy Run, helping to ensure the opening of western Pennsylvania to settlement. At Bushy Run...
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Rediscovering the People’s Art: New Deal Murals in Pennsylvania’s Post Offices

On a February morning in 1937, artist George Warren Rickey (1907-2002) and a group of four men met at the post office in Selinsgrove, Snyder County. Armed with cloth-covered rolling pins, the men attached Rickey’s mural entitled Susquehanna Trail to one of the lobby’s end walls. After six hours, they transformed the entire blank white wall, from marble wainscoting to ceiling, into a...
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