New Dinosaur Identified and Named at The State Museum

After months of research and more than his fair share of sleepless nights, Steven Jasinski was ready to draft a new scientific study that would introduce the world to a recently discovered theropod dinosaur related to Velociraptor, which had flourished at the end of the dinosaur age 75 million years ago. All he needed to do now was name the small predator. Typically, paleontologists name a...
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Executive Director’s Message

“Please, don’t change Mammal Hall!” Whenever I mention our plans for The State Museum of Pennsylvania, nearly everyone immediately recalls the wonderful dioramas that depict the Commonwealth’s abundant natural heritage. I have not seen an exhibit on a similar theme anywhere in my travels throughout the country that rivals its artistic and educational value. Those loyal...
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Introducing… Team Heritage

Behind every successful maga­zine, there’s a hard-working, dedicated staff – a team, really. All good publications demand teamwork, and Pennsylvania Heritage is no exception. There’s a deadline on every horizon, editorial calendars that seem to project endlessly into the future, and production schedules that resemble a multi-dimensional Rube Goldberg device. The individuals who...
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Letters to the Editor

Loved Lizzie! I just loved your article on Lizzie Stride [“A Champion for All Seasons” by Barbara Gregorich, Summer 1998]! I see Pennsylva­nia Heritage only occasionally (when I return home to visit family in Pennsylva­nia) but each time I do, I’m extremely impressed. The photographs in this article were great. It made one feel – as Walter Cronkite used to say on...
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Philadelphia’s Sainted Katharine Drexel: “Mother and Servant of the Indian and Negro Races”

On Thursday morning, January 27, 1887, the Drexel sisters of Philadelphia attended a private mass conducted by Pope Leo XIII (1810–1903) in Rome’s fabled Vatican. As members of one of the wealthiest and most devout Catholic families in the United States, the three young women — Elizabeth, age 31, Katharine, age 28, and Louise, age 23 — were also given a rare audience with the pontiff. The...
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Letters

Off The Charts A cousin regularly shares her copy of Pennsylvania Heritage with me. She gave me her Winter 2009 issue over the holidays, and I write to tell you that your publication is off the charts. I enjoyed the magazine so much that I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite article. The interview [“William C. Kashatus: Bringing History to Life” by Ted R. Walke] was...
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“Atoms for Peace” in Pennsylvania

In 1957, Shippingport, along the Ohio River in far western Pennsylvania, became home to America’s first commercial nuclear power plant under President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” program. Just two decades later, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) converted the Beaver County plant to a light water breeder reactor that successfully demonstrated the feasibility...
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Scientists Confirm Discovery of New Dinosaur at The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Scientists have confirmed the discovery of a new dinosaur dating to the late Triassic Period by The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Daemonosaurus chauliodus was found in a large mudstone block containing numerous skeletons of the Late Triassic dinosaur Coelophysis, from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. The block was on loan to The State Museum from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of...
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Aiming for the Stars: The Forgotten Legacy of the Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory

Before his death, renowned science fiction writer, inventor, and futurist Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) confidently declared the space age had not yet begun, and would only commence when reliable nuclear-powered space vehicles become available to drastically reduce the cost of moving humans and heavy payloads from the surface of the earth to the farthest reaches of the solar system. It is a...
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From the Editor

Because each edition of the magazine has a long lead time – from manuscript development and illustration acquisition to final design and printing – it’s sometimes challenging to write about a season that’s several months in the future. The nor’easter in late October that deposited nearly a foot of snow on parts of central Pennsylvania – and brought the Weather...
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