From the Editor

Editor's Letter is an introduction to the contents and themes of each issue of Pennsylvania Heritage by the editor.

If you’re like, you care greatly about the world around you – historic buildings, quaint neighborhoods, beautiful public works of art, local landmarks, and picturesque parks and landscapes – and want to see them preserved for enjoyment today and tomorrow. And if you’re like me, you’ll welcome this new “look” for Pennsylvania Heritage.

We developed this printed wrapper on this edition specifically with you in mind. First and foremost, this added feature helps preserve and protect your magazine, eliminating scuff marks and scratches to our beautiful covers, which we consider works of art in themselves. As an avid reader, I look forward to receiving my magazines and journals in pristine condition, especially because I save many copies in my home library and share them with family and friends.

But this protective wrapper is also important for another reason.

It gives us the opportunity to share special information and offers with you and fellow members of the Pennsylvania Heritage Society.

Beginning with this issue, this special “bonus” will contain previews of selected activities and special events at more than two dozen historic sites and museums along the popular and well-traveled Pennsylvania Trail of History. We’ll also give you advance notice of new and forthcoming books and publications – many available to you at handsome discounts because of your continuing Pennsylvania Heritage Society membership. It’s just one way to thank you for your dedication and support.

In nearly twenty-five years as editor of Pennsylvania Heritage, I have been deeply involved in the evolution of our national award-winning publication, but I believe this new format is among our greatest improvements, combining both “preservation” and “preview”! I think you’ll agree.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Pennsylvania Heritage, which brings you fascinating stories of the socialite who recently made her debut as a saint, a hunting and fishing club that has preserved nearly 20,000 acres of pristine woodlands, and a nineteenth-century scientist who discovered fossil footprints in the most unlikely of places.

Michael J. O’Malley III