Barbara T. Zolli on “A Drop of Oil”

Crude oil, found in abundance in northwestern Pennsylvania, held out many possibilities by the mid-nineteenth century. It burned when ignited, served as a practical lubricant, was thought to have medicinal properties, and had been used for various purposes by generations of Native Americans. That it might be in ample supply became apparent to many locals when it oozed from the ground and...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Fall 2009 Newsletter: Update on PHMC Environmental Heritage Summer Intern Signature Series Lecture: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia Wind Titans: A Pennsylvania Photo Essay Teaching American History on the Road Calendar for October – December 2009 Holiday Marketplace Welcome New PHS Members PABookstore.com Brings History to You Farewell to Kelly VanSickle  ...
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From the Editor

With this edition, we conclude the magazine’s observance of PHMC’s annual theme for 2009, “Energy: Innovation and Impact.” Over the course of this past year, we learned much about the history of traditional energy resources and their impact on industry, economy, generations of workers, and the environment. We also discovered that Pennsylvania is a leader in green...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2010 Newsletter: Friends of the State Museum Launch Major Campaign: Buy-a-Bone Columbia Gas Hosts School Groups for Special Energy Tour Calendar for January – March 2010 In the Next Edition Pennsylvania Governors Speakers Series Teaching American History Grant New Wind Exhibit Welcome New Membership Coordinator Holiday Marketplace 2009 Welcome New PHS Members Annual...
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Letters

So Relevant I wish we had Pennsylvania Heritage when I was in school. I date to the years when history classes consisted of little more than rote memorization of places, people, and dates. Thanks to your magazine for making Pennsylvania’s history so relevant. I enjoy all the articles in your magazine, but the story by Bill McShane [“‘With a Woman’s Instinct’: Mira...
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From the Editor

After a long winter of brutal back-to-back snowstorms, and a cool spring, summer is finally here! And what better time to discover all that Pennsylvania has to offer travelers of all ages! This edition of Pennsylvania Heritage is your “go to” guide for exploring the Keystone State’s culture and heritage-especially our African American history. The Pennsylvania Historical and...
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Letters

Compelling in Themselves Having caught up, belatedly, with the Spring 2010 edition of Pennsylvania Heritage, I am bowled over with the depth of its coverage of Black history in the Commonwealth. Cumberland Willis Posey’s fortitude and subsequent enrichment of the broad community, the tales of so many brave civil rights activists, including the remarkable Forten women, aided by my favorite Quaker...
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Bookshelf

Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America’s First Cooking School by Becky Libourel Diamond published by Westholme Publishing, 2012; 288 pages, cloth, $26.00 Married and widowed three times, Elizabeth Baker Pearson Coane Goodfellow (1768–1851) owned a popular bakery and sweet shop in Philadelphia during the first decades of the nineteenth century. In addition to catering to the city’s wealthy...
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