Driving a Call to Action for Pennsylvania’s Historic Bridges

Pennsylvania could just as easily be called the “land of bridges” as it is the Keystone State. With more than 83,161 miles of rivers and streams, there has always been a need for residents and visitors to cross water by ferry, ford, or bridge. The Commonwealth’s topography, with its mountain ranges and valleys, also require structures facilitating passage. Today, the Keystone...
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Pennsylvania History Goes Green

Sustainable, or “green” design is beginning to make its way into daily lives in ways that are both obvious and subtle. For the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), “going green” has become part of the philosophy of preserving and protecting treasured historic sites and museums, as well as conserving resources and improving sustainability. On December 15,...
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Cumberland Willis Posey Sr., Entrepreneur

Cumberland Willis Posey Sr. (1858-1925) never let his circumstances define him; instead, he turned them into opportunities – not just for himself but also for his community. Born on August 30, 1858, to former slaves Elizabeth Willis Posey and Alexander Posey, he grew up in Port Tobacco, Maryland. His mother died when he was seven years old, and his father, a minister, moved the family to...
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Cremation’s Fiery Beginnings

Franz Lee Rickaby (1889–1925), a bone-thin man of thirty-five, was a much-loved professor of English and drama at Pomona College in Claremont, California, when he died of rheumatic fever. An adventurous wanderer, he left a respected historical legacy with folklorists when Harvard University posthumously published his collection of songs of the Midwest lumberjack, Ballads and Songs of the...
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Fishing on the Yough River

The Youghiogheny (pronounced yock-ah-gay-nee) River – known to locals, anglers, and kayakers as “The Yough” – is a 134-mile long tributary of the Monongahela River which rises in northern West Virginia, flows through Maryland, and enters southwestern Pennsylvania on the border between Fayette and Somerset Counties. It joins the Monongahela from the southeast at...
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Letters

Fiery Beginnings Thank you for the article entitled “Cremation’s Fiery Beginnings” by Gretchen Dykstra in the Winter 2012 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage. It is exciting to see this footnote of history featured in your publication. As one of the researchers who prepared the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the LeMoyne Crematory in 1995 I noticed a few minor...
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