Lloyd Mifflin: Artist of the Susquehanna

While many artists have painted the majestic Susquehanna River, none were as devoted to studying, rhapsodizing about its beauty and, ultimately, painting it in its many moods as was Pennsylvania native Lloyd Mifflin (1846–1921). In many ways, Mifflin typified the romantic, if often improbable, late nineteenth-century image of the artist as an attractive, highly sensitive, elitist dandy who...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Spring 2011 Newsletter: Signature Series Pennsylvania Heritage Society Awarded IMLS Grant Welcome New PHS Staff Calendar for April – June 2011 Penn National Insurance Supports State Museum Field Trips April – June 2011 Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show Schedule A Face-lift for the State Archives Welcome New State Museum Affiliate Members Welcome New PHS Members Save...
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Benjamin Franklin and His Religious Beliefs

Ezra Stiles (1727-1795), the Calvinist president of Yale College, was curious about Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) and his faith. In 1790, he asked the nation’s senior statesman if he would commit his religious beliefs to paper. Franklin agreed. He was nearing the end of his life – he died six weeks later – and possibly believed this was as good a time as any to summarize the...
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Lorenzo L. Langstroth

Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (1810-1895) was a minister and school principal who took up beekeeping as an antidote to debilitating periods of depression. As a young child, he had keenly observed the habits of insects, an interest that ultimately earned him the unchallenged title of Father of American Beekeeping. Born in Philadelphia on December 25, 1810, the young Langstroth was reputedly scolded...
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