From the Executive Director

With the arrival of fall, you can find festivals everywhere in Pennsylvania. Celebrations of harvest range from the National Apple Harvest Festival in Arendtsville, Adams County, and the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, Chester County, to old-country inspired Oktoberfests from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Many are established traditions with local origins — Stahlstown in Westmoreland County...
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William Curtis Truxal’s Footlocker

William Curtis Truxal (1882–1960) was a 34-year-old attorney residing in Somerset when the Pennsylvania National Guard unit he commanded, Company C of the 10th Infantry Regiment, was mustered into federal service for World War I on July 15, 1917. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, he had first enlisted in the guard as a private in February 1914, and by October of that...
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The Sacrifices of Company C: Somerset County’s Valiant Soldiers in the Great War

In spring 2004 a resident of Somerset in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, chanced upon an aged postcard that had fallen behind a dresser many years before. Dated November 7, 1918, the postcard had been sent by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, and was addressed to “the Family of Herbert Foust,” a soldier of Company C, 110th Infantry Regiment, a Pennsylvania...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Newsletter

Topics in the Summer 2013 Newsletter: Stories from the Homefront: Pennsylvania in the Civil War Opens in September New PaHeritage.org Website Trailheads: 250 Years on the Pennsylvania Trails of History Welcome New PHF Members Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members PHF Board Harrisburg SciTech High School Docents Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center Pennsylvania Lumber Museum...
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Somerset County: Paths through the Roof Garden

Referring to the high elevation and the scenic quality of the region, Gov. Martin G. Brumbaugh called Somerset County “the Roof Garden of Pennsylvania” at an annual Farmers’ Day picnic in 1916. Since then. the description has become a familiar and respected title; the words “Roof Garden” have been in­corporated in the names of various businesses, and the complete...
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Shorts

Fort Hunter Day, a celebra­tion of autumn, will be hosted on Sunday, September 19 [1993], from 10 A. M. to 5 P. M. by Fort Hunter Mansion and Park. The event, free and open to the public, will feature crafts show and demonstrations, carriage rides, period entertainment, and numerous activities designed especially for children. Also featured throughout the day will be demonstrations of...
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Heritage Highlights

Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Summer History Camps for Children, June 12-August 13, 1993 Annual Battle Reenactment, September 19, 1993 Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Lecture: “Trade Muskets: Fact or Fiction?”, June 19, 1993 230th Battle Anniversary Commemoration, August 7-8, 1993 Lecture: “The Hunting Pouch of the Colonial Period”, September 18, 1993 Cornwall...
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Heritage Highlights

Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford Christmas Candlelight Tours, December 4, 1993 Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeanette Lecture: “Civilian Clothing of the Ohio Valley, 1754-1764”, October 23, 1993 Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro Daniel Boone Birthday Celebration, November 7, 1993 Eckley Miners’ Village, Weatherly Christmas in Eckley, December 4-5, 1993 Ephrata Cloister,...
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Currents

Pippin “I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin,” the largest and most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the work of this important African American artist and preemi­nent self-taught painter, will begin its national tour at the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia on Friday, January 21, 1994. This exhibition will present a...
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Heritage Highlights

Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton Exhibit: “Illustrating an Era: The Life and Work of Photographer John Horgan, Jr., 1859-1926”, through March 1994 Old Economy Village, Ambridge “Gartenfest”, May 14-15, 1994 Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland “Oxygen Day” Celebration, August 1, 1994 Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg Lecture:...
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