Introduction: Remembering the Civil War in Pennsylvania

The American Civil War remains one of the most written about, read about, and wondered about conflicts in history. The enormity of the calamity that tore the nation apart less than a century after its founders imagined a new form of democratic republic is still difficult for us to fathom. Recent scholarship puts the death total at 700,000 or more — greater than all other American wars combined —...
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From the Editor

Rae Tyson, who has written recent features on early Quakers and the history of motorsports in Pennsylvania, now offers us a snapshot of the photographers who descended on the Adams County battlefield shortly after the epic struggle ended. Rae is uniquely qualified to write “At the Gettysburg Battlefield with Traveling Photographers.” Among the prominent photographers noted –...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Recommends

The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History Written by a trio of savvy and inveterate collectors of photographs, artifacts, objects, and ephemera documenting the American Civil War and its associations with the Keystone State and its soldiers and citizens, The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History (Senator John Heinz History Center for Pennsylvania Civil War 150, 2012,...
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Current and Coming

Pennsylvania has long been recognized as the keystone of the nation and for good reason. Since its founding in 1681 by William Penn (1644–1718), the Commonwealth has welcomed settlers of all nationalities; nurtured writers, artists, musicians, poets, and playwrights; and spawned inventors, innovators, scientists, and business and labor leaders. Its natural resources and the industries they...
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A Backward Glance at Thirty-Five Years Young

Over the past thirty-five years, Pennsylvania Heritage has brought to readers hundreds of stories about the famous and the not-so-famous, of historic preservation struggles won and lost, and interviews with individuals who either shaped history or interpret it. Our thirty-fifth anniversary, which we’re observing with this edition, gives us a moment to pause and reflect on where we’ve been, where...
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PHMC Highlights

A new Civil War Trails experience, making the history of the epic event more accessible to present and future generations, was unveiled in Chambersburg, Franklin County, in April. The initiative features forty “story stops” and twenty-five historic destinations throughout southcentral Pennsylvania. Two principal steering committee members who spoke at the unveiling were PHMC Executive Director...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Beginning with special programs at our historic sites and museums in March to celebrate the anniversary of Penn’s Charter establishing Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has been preparing for the busy summer season. With greatly reduced staff — the result of severe budget cuts to PHMC and its programs — we have been strengthening relationships with existing...
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Executive Director’s Letter

This year’s annual theme adopted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), “William Penn’s Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity,” once again provides a focus to examine the Commonwealth’s rich history and its influence on the many traditions and values that have shaped the American experience. Historic sites such as Ephrata Cloister and Old Economy Village illustrate the...
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Executive Director’s Letter

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is pleased to announce Governor Tom Corbett’s appointment of Andrew E. Masich as Commission chair. He is well-known in the museum field and is president and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Since 1998, he has provided leadership for the 275,000-square foot History Center and its staff of 125, as well as the...
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Heinz – Much More than 57 Varieties

The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago captivated spectators with dazzling sights and sounds. Among the innovators showcasing their celebrated products was a trio of Pittsburghers: George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (1859-1896), George Westinghouse Jr. (1846-1914), and Henry John Heinz (1844-1919). A bridge engineer, Ferris built his famous wheel-shaped ride, this first one...
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