2017 Trails

Another year has passed on the Pennsylvania Trails of History. Exhibits, special events, thousands of visiting schoolchildren, more than a few beer and wine festivals, and several battle reenactments are now recorded in the books. As a way of wrapping up the year, we look back at a few milestones along the way. But before we turn our attention to the World War I centennial and an overview of...
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Pennsylvania Stories – Well Told by William Ecenbarger

Pennsylvania Stories – Well Told by William Ecenbarger Temple University Press, 244 pp., cloth $25 Ecenbarger has earned well-deserved praise and admiration for his work as a newspaper staff writer and freelance writer over the course of a Pennsylvania-based career of nearly 50 years. His previous book, Kids for Cash (New Press, 2012), detailed the corrupt juvenile justice system in northeastern...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Summer 2016 Newsletter: Giving Circle Dinner Pennsylvania Wildlife Art Exhibit Opens Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Day Naturalist Scott Weidensaul to Speak at The State Museum Lulos Joins PHF Board Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation  ...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2016 Newsletter: PHF Hosts the 50th Anniversary Gala for The State Museum and Archives Complex The Giving Circle Pennsylvania Turnpike Exhibit Opens Pennsylvania Turnpike Exhibit Sponsors PA Modern Exhibit Opens Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation  ...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Fall 2015 Newsletter: Pennsylvania Turnpike Exhibit Opening at The State Museum The Giving Circle Celebrating 50 Years: The 50th Anniversary Gala for The State Museum and Archive Complex Western Trails of History Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation  ...
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The Pennsylvania Turnpike, From Tollbooths to Tunnels: Rediscovering America’s First Superhighway at 75

Few Pennsylvania-born celebrities have made the kind of splash that the Pennsylvania Turnpike did when it first arrived on the scene in October 1940. Its 160 miles of limited-access, four-lane paved highway across the Alleghenies were hailed as America’s answer to the Autobahn, Germany’s highly regarded network of high-speed “super roads.” After the war, as the United States’ population expanded...
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Editor’s Letter

Throughout 2015 PHMC has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of The State Museum and Archives Complex in Harrisburg with initiatives to preserve the original Midcentury Modern features of the buildings, both outside and inside, from architectural elements to original furnishings (see Hands-On History). A concurrent effort to update and revitalize the museum’s galleries also has been underway,...
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From the Executive Director

Historical geography is the study of how geology, landforms and waterways have shaped the human experience. Is there a better place to demonstrate the power of geography in molding our history than in Pennsylvania? Our unique location linking the original 13 colonies in fact is how we came to be known as the Keystone State. But our history has been defined by more than location. It’s also been...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Summer 2015 Newsletter: Support the Restoration of Mammal Hall The Giving Circle Trails of History Sites and Museums Pennsylvania Turnpike Exhibit Made Possible by Private Funding PHF Hosts First Giving Circle Dinner The 50th Anniversary Gala for The State Museum and Archives Complex Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation  ...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Winter 2015 Newsletter: PHF and PHMC Identify Fundraising Priorities for 2015 The Giving Circle Trails of History Sites and Museums Winter Learning Opportunities PHF Elects New Officers Exploring the Records of the Fall Brook Coal Company and Fall Brook Railroad Coming Soon! Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members Join the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation...
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