PHMC Highlights

More than thirty historical organizations and cultural institutions, foundations, and state and federal agencies participated in “Charter Day — An Anthracite Homecoming!” at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton, as part of Charter Day activities hosted by PHMC historic sites and museums in March. Participants presented information and materials with an emphasis on the anthracite...
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Executive Director’s Letter

This issue of Pennsylvania Heritage showcases star players from Pennsylvania – Christy Mathewson, whose prowess shone on the baseball diamond, and the Barrymores of Philadelphia, whose stage and screen performances delighted generations of audiences. David Lembeck’s article on New Deal murals in Pennsylvania focuses on artists and their works for post offices under the auspices of the U.S....
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Executive Director’s Letter

Pennsylvania prides itself as a place steeped in history and tradition. Each autumn, Pennsylvanians celebrate their rich agricultural heritage with harvest events, from apple festivals, replete with demonstrations — and samples — of apple butter making, to losing oneself in corn mazes, labyrinths that have become enormously popular in recent years. In communities throughout the Commonwealth,...
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Letters

Beloved Meeting House Thank you for giving our beloved Forty Fort Meeting House such prominence in Pennsylvania Heritage [“Forty Fort Meeting House: The Architecture of a Union” by Vance Packard, Winter 2008]! The author’s text, the stunning photographs, and the sidebar featuring PHMC’s grant program was beautifully topped by remarks by Scott Doyle, PHMC grants manager....
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PHMC Highlights

PHMC staff members Amanda Shafer, webmaster, Karen Galle, historic preservation specialist and coordinator of the state historical marker program, and Dean E. Winkelspecht, data applications developer, completed several important improvements and upgrades to PHMC’s Web site. A new state historical marker database includes improved graphic design along with options to browse or search for...
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PHMC Highlights

Following a rigorous peer evaluation, Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County, has been reaccredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), Washington, D.C. AAM accreditation bestows national recognition on a museum or historic site “for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.” Ephrata Cloister is one of only...
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From the Editor

As editor of Pennsylvania Heritage for twenty-five of the magazine’s thirty-five years, I have enjoyed the distinct privilege of working closely with peers, contributors, and readers, all of whom share a tremendous interest in our history and culture. As we embark on our thirty-fifth year of bringing you, our loyal readers, “the best of the past” (as we’ve grown fond of...
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Meet Our Readers

Pennsylvania Heritage is a unique benefit for the members of the Pennsylvania Heritage Society (PHS). The magazine has won prestigious design and editorial awards and is widely read throughout the Keystone State in libraries, schools, historical societies, and, of course, by PHS members. Many, after enjoying each issue, pass it on to relatives, friends, and neighbors. In addition to enjoying the...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Change is in the air as we approach autumn. The dazzling colors on the trees in Penn’s Woods are no more dramatic than the changes that continue as the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) struggles to reorganize and refocus to meet its responsibilities as a steward of the Keystone State’s history and heritage. While many of these changes have been difficult and disruptive to...
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Executive Director’s Letter

The continuing success of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the result of the high level of public participation and support for history by the commonwealth’s citizens. Many of PHMC’s Pennsylvania Trails of History destinations remain open because of dedicated volunteers and their willingness to take on unprecedented levels of responsibility for these treasured historic...
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