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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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 Fall 2014 Newsletter: PHF Welcomes Executive Director PHF Receives $60,456 Grant for Pennsylvania State Archives Trails of History Sites and Museums Celebrate a Historic Halloween on the Trails of History Save the Date – Hidden Treasures Exhibits Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation  ...
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Trails for the Holidays

As summer turns to fall and you start to wonder where the time went, rest assured that the Pennsylvania Trails of History still have much to offer before 2014 winds down. Take some time to explore your favorite site – or make a first visit – and see if the pace doesn’t slow just a bit. Between changing exhibits, special events and our regular offerings, it isn’t difficult to find...
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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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Model of USS Michigan at Erie Maritime Museum

While she was being constructed, beginning in July 1842, the vessel known at her December 5, 1843 launch as USS Michigan (in honor of the Union’s newest state) and later as USS Wolverine (renamed in 1905 for Michgan’s state animal so the state name could be used for a new dreadnought battleship) was simply called “Lake Steamer” or “Iron Steamer.” Two decades...
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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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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2014 Newsletter: Charter Day 2014 Trails of History Winter Hours and Contact Information Exhibits Collections Advancement Project New Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members New State Museum Affiliate Members State Museum Planetarium  ...
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History and Community: Pennsylvania’s First Lady Makes The Connection, An Interview with Michele M. Ridge

When flood waters threatened the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg in January 1996, Michele M. Ridge quickly transformed herself from First Lady to First Curator of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Within hours, she assembled a team of National Guardsmen, weekend staff at the resi­dence, and specialists of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to move endangered works of art,...
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