Powwowing: Ritual Healing in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

It was just after dark when the powwow doctor arrived at the elderly woman’s home in Lebanon County. The woman had been suffering from swelling in her legs that made walking difficult. Regular medical treatment had proven to be unsuccessful, so after enduring several months of painful discomfort, she called a powwower on the advice of a friend. Tonight would be the third successive...
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Ephrata’s Comet Book

  In the late winter of 1744 a bright comet with six tails that spread out like a fan was visible in the sky. It was so brilliant at its perihelion – its point closest to the sun – that it could be seen even in the daytime. Known as the Great Comet of 1744, the astronomical object mystified the world and led to speculation about its meaning in both scientific and religious...
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American Revolution Trails

If you are interested in the American Revolution, you may have visited related sites on the Pennsylvania Trails of History, such as Washington Crossing Historic Park and Brandywine Battlefield Park. You may have attended a Revolution-themed program, such as the Whitemarsh Encampment at Hope Lodge or the Then & Now Military History Timeline at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. You may know...
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Preservation Trails

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, it’s natural to look back on the work undertaken by PHMC staff through the years. As an agency, PHMC has helped to shape the history profession and Pennsylvania’s landscape through a wide range of preservation projects at Pennsylvania Trails of History sites, as well as through its role as the State...
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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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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2015 Newsletter: PHF and PHMC Identify Fundraising Priorities for 2015 The Giving Circle Trails of History Sites and Museums Winter Learning Opportunities PHF Elects New Officers Exploring the Records of the Fall Brook Coal Company and Fall Brook Railroad Coming Soon! Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation...
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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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A Lifetime of Learning

Springtime brings new life to the Pennsylvania Trails of History with the birth of farm animals, fresh green leaves sprouting on trees, and shrubs and new shoots poking up in garden beds. At many of our historic sites, nothing says spring like the arrival of thousands of school-age students with teachers, parents and chaperones in tow. They come to explore history through tours, scavenger hunts,...
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