Preserving Pieces of Pennsylvania’s Past: An Inside Look at the Building of the Commonwealth’s Collections

Associations between butterflies and buttons, Conestoga wagons and cannon, sculpture and arrowheads, or fossils and founder William Penn’s original Charter may seem tenuous, even obscure and, perhaps, nonsensical. But a relationship does exist: they are among the one and a half million objects and thirty thousand cubic feet of manuscripts, records, maps and photographs in the custody and...
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In the Public’s Best Interest

Edward Martin distin­guished himself as soldier, governor, senator and, above all, as honored citizen of the Ten Mile area in Pennsylvania, the small rural community in which he was born. His full and varied life had led him from the front lines of battle to the diplomatic circles of the nation’s capitol. The people whose lives he touched knew him as a dignified, loyal and honest...
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Expanding A Vision: Seventy-Five Years of Public History

Three-quarters of a century ago, it proba­bly surprised no one that the first act of the Pennsylvania Historical Com­mission, not long after its creation in 1913, was to survey all monuments and memorials in the Commonwealth’s sixty­-seven counties. At that time it was universally assumed that public history involved com­memoration and the rituals associated with recognizing significant...
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Heritage Highlights

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro First Pennsylvania Regiment Flintlock Shoot, September 11-12, 1993 Architectural Heritage Day, October 17, 1993 Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Annual Battle of Brandywine Reenactment, September 19, 1993 Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Fall Nature Walk and Tour, October 16, 1993 Drake Well Museum, Titusville Fall Gas- up Engine Exhibit and...
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Heritage Highlights

Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Christmas Candlelight Tours, December 4, 1993 Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Lecture: “Civilian Clothing of the Ohio Valley, 1754-1764”, October 23, 1993 Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro Daniel Boone Birthday Celebration, November 7, 1993 Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly Christmas in Eckley, December 4-5, 1993 Ephrata Cloister,...
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Executive Director’s Message

The masthead to the left of this message includes the names of current members of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. I can proudly report that these men and women are an extraordinary group of citizen volunteers and elected public officials who actively represent Pennsylvania’s history and museum community in all deliberations and programs of our agency. Field trips made by...
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Heritage Highlights

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro First Pennsylvania Regiment Flintlock Shoot, August 14, 1994 Fall Nature Program, September 18, 1994 Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Brandywine, September 18, 1994 Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Reenactment of the Battle of Bushy Run, August 6-7, 1994 Drake Well Museum, Titusville Oil Field Picnic, August 21, 1994...
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Heritage Highlights

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro Architectural Heritage Day, October 16, 1994 Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Lecture: “British Treaties and Negotiations”, November 19, 1994 Drake Well Museum, Titusville Oil Country Christmas, December 10, 1994 Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly Children’s Christmas at Eckley, December 3, 1994 Graeme Park, Horsham Living History Day,...
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Heritage Highlights

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro First Pennsylvania Regiment Flintlock Shoot, July 14, 1996 Family Craft Day, July 21, 1996 Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Revolutionary Times at Brandywine, September 15, 1996 Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Battle of Bushy Run Reenactment, August 3-4, 1996 Living History Weekend, September 14-15, 1996 Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly Family...
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Finding a Light in the Forest: Conrad Weiser Homestead

More than any other, Conrad Weiser (1696-1760) captured the imagination of the Pennsylvania German community during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a time when its leaders asserted its right to be considered a major participant in the building of America. The veneration he was accorded led to the creation in 1923 of the historic park bearing his name and interpreting his...
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