The Day I Met Albert Einstein

With the opening of the newly completed Franklin Institute building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadel­phia, I joined the Institute as a student member. This entitled me to the general membership privileges, such as visits to the museum and planetarium at any time, and the use of the library. It also entitled me to attend the monthly evening science lectures in the Institute’s...
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Letters to the Editor

A Day to Remember I really enjoyed the article “The Day I Met Albert Einstein” by Stephen Moylan Mac­Neill [“Pennsylvania Memories,” Spring 2001]. I thought it was very interesting that Albert Einstein came to Pennsylvania and visited the Franklin Institute after he moved from Nazi Germany. Mr. MacNeill had a great privilege to meet Mr. Einstein. I am twelve years old,...
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In Franklin’s Footsteps: An Interview with Ralph Archbold

Greater hero worship may be accorded to other historical figures, but Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) has, for better or worse, been more commonly identified with the American national character. His remarkable success as a printer, as well as the popularity of his essays, aphorisms, and almanacs, allowed him to spread his notions of industry and frugality among the common people. In the process,...
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Out and About

Michener Centennial On Saturday, February 3, James A. Michener (1907–1997), America’s beloved writer and one of Pennsylvania’s most famous sons, would have celebrated his one hundredth birthday. Although he wrote that he did not know who his parents were or exactly when and where he was born, he was raised a Quaker by an adoptive mother, Mabel Michener, in Doylestown, Bucks County. He graduated...
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Pennsylvania’s First State Geologist: Henry Darwin Rogers

Geology made Pennsylvania what it is today. The mining of anthracite and bituminous coal, the drilling for petroleum, and the production of iron and steel in the Commonwealth long drove the economy of the United States. Elucidating the history of the geological study of Pennsylvania is an integral part of comprehending its history. Henry Darwin Rogers (1808–1866), the first State Geologist of...
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