A Kentucky Frontiersman’s Pennsylvania Roots: The Daniel Boone Homestead

Mere mention of the name Daniel Boone conjures images of an American icon: trailblazer of the Wilderness Road, preeminent Kentucky frontiersman, defender of early settlements, a crack shot with a long rifle. Boone’s real and folkloric exploits are so well-known that his character is often overlooked, as is the fact that his personality took shape during a boyhood not spent in...
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PHMC Highlights

Following a rigorous peer evaluation, Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County, has been reaccredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), Washington, D.C. AAM accreditation bestows national recognition on a museum or historic site “for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.” Ephrata Cloister is one of only...
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Exploring the Pennsylvania Energy Trail of History

Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources helped fuel the growth and development of both state and nation, spawning innumerable advances in transportation, industry, technology, and science. These resources propelled an economy that supported generations of men and women. The Pennsylvania Trails of History, a network of historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and...
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Teaching the Trades of Preservation

Among the many responsibilities with which the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is tasked are the preservation and interpretation of historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History®, educating both residents and visitors about the Keystone State’s history and heritage, and enhancing the cultural environment for all residents. The State Historic...
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