Editor’s Letter

There are more than 90,500 districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In Pennsylvania alone there are more than 3,300 listed properties. The National Register was created as part of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), now in effect for 50 years and enacted on the assumption that preservation of “irreplaceable heritage...
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2015 Trails

It is time once again to look back at the past year on the Pennsylvania Trails of History. What follows is a scrapbook for 2015, with highlights of events and programs at PHMC’s historic sites and museums.   Milestones and Anniversaries In May, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum held a much-anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly expanded visitor center. The building and community...
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Industrial Heritage Trails

America’s first significant industries date back to the 18th century with the iron plantations in Pennsylvania and the development of the factory system in New England textile mills. Preservation of our industrial heritage, however, is a fairly recent phenomenon, beginning for the most part after World War II. Prior to the war, federal programs and even private initiatives were designated...
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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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Volunteers of the Year

On Saturday, April 18 PHMC staff and volunteers gathered at The State Museum of Pennsylvania for the 40th annual Volunteer of the Year program. Twenty-two volunteers were honored for service in 2014, and two received Outstanding Service Awards, recognizing long-term dedication. Awards were presented by Fredrick Powell and William Lewis, Commissioners; David Dunn, Director of The State Museum;...
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Midcentury Modern Trails

From the 1950s into the 1970s, when Midcentury Modern architecture was at its height, a flurry of new construction took place on the Trails of History. Many of the visitor centers and museums from this period echoed historic forms appropriate to the sites where they were built. The visitor center at Ephrata Cloister, constructed in the late 1950s to mid-1960s, is complementary to the surviving...
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The Year That Was

2014 was a good year on the Pennsylvania Trails of History, with more than half a million visitors to sites spread across the Commonwealth. Long-standing programs continued to draw crowds, and many sites branched out in new directions as well. Trying new things can present challenges, but our staff and volunteers are committed to expanding audiences and generating new resources to keep sites...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Summer 2014 Newsletter: You’re Invited – Members Reception We’ll Miss You, Michael O’Malley Trails of History Sites and Museums Highlights for July – September 2014 Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members PHF Board  ...
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Honoring Volunteer Service

In April we honored a select group of volunteers for exceptional service to the people of Pennsylvania in 2013. PHMC’s Volunteer of the Year awards are as sure a sign of spring as baseball, crocuses and robins. The program is a way for us to thank all of our volunteers while recognizing specific contributions of time and talent. Pennsylvanians (and occasionally folks who cross state lines to...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Spring 2014 Newsletter: PHMC Launches Natural History Initiative Trails of History Sites and Museums Highlights for April – June 2014 Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members PHF Board  ...
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