Letters presents readers' comments and reactions to specific articles in Pennsylvania Heritage, the initiatives of PHMC, and other developments in the historical, cultural and museum communities of Pennsylvania.

A Day to Remember

I really enjoyed the article “The Day I Met Albert Einstein” by Stephen Moylan Mac­Neill [“Pennsylvania Memories,” Spring 2001]. I thought it was very interesting that Albert Einstein came to Pennsylvania and visited the Franklin Institute after he moved from Nazi Germany. Mr. MacNeill had a great privilege to meet Mr. Einstein. I am twelve years old, and as a young person, it made me feel proud that such a famous and important man in history came to visit my state. I would like to read more articles on famous people that came to Pennsylvania.

Justin Sacoman
Mechanicsburg, Pa.


Bigger and Better

I enjoyed the Spring 2001 edition of Pennsylvania Heritage featuring the article on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Soci­ety, “Growing Bigger and Better Year By Year,” by Liz Ball. I have a very per­sonal interest in such a recounting of the society’s history. From 1967 until two years ago, I spent nineteen years as a council member, chair of numer­ous committees, including two flower shows, and chair of the council itself. During those years I judged in numerous areas until 1998. I cannot empha­size enough how much Ernesta D. Ballard’s innov­ative ideas and implemen­tation brought the society from an ordinary garden club status to being a peer of the most eminent civic and cultural institutions in Philadelphia. Since 1980, Jane Pepper has built upon that base most successfully. I also enjoyed the articles on W.E.B. DuBois [“To Be Both a Negro And An American: W.E.B. DuBois and His Search for an African American Identity” by William C. Kashatus] and the historic skating cub [“On the Cutting Edge” by J. F. Pirro] as rounding out some of the uniquely sig­nificant aspects of Philadelphia.

L. Wilbur Zimmerman
Haverford, Pa.


Doorway to the Past

In “Lost & Found” in the Spring 2001 issue, there appears a photograph of the doorway of the former Hopewell Acade­my in East Nottingham Township, Chester County. I am happy to share a photograph taken on March 24, 1891, of the sixtieth wedding anniversary of my great-grandparents, James and Elizabeth Davis. All of their children and grand­children are in this photograph taken on the porch with this doorway showing. I do not know the exact year they pur­chased this building – I believe it was about 1876 – but when the Hopewell Academy ceased to exist, it was sold to my great-grandparents. A newspaper account of this event included this: The conductor of the passenger train over the Peach Bottom Railroad kindly stopped his train near the residence both morn­ing and evening for the purpose of accommodating those who traveled that way and avoid the necessity of their walking to the station in Hopewell. When the train made this extra stop, he announced “Davisville Station”!

Thomas R. Thompson
Willow Street, Pa.


Firm Foundations

I read with interest Frank Muhly’s excel­lent article, “Firm Foundations in Philadelphia: The Lewis and Clark Expe­dition’s Ties to Pennsylvania,” in the Summer 2001 issue. One important member of the expedition was Patrick Gass, who had the rank of sergeant and, in many respects, was third in com­mand. After the expedition, Gass was discharged and returned to Pittsburgh. Of major importance are his journals of the expedition published in Pittsburgh under the title A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discov­ery, printed by Zadok Cramer for David M’Keehan, publish­er and proprietor. These jour­nals were edited and annotat­ed by Carol Lynn MacGregor and republished in 1997 by the Mountain Press Publish­ing Company of Missoula, Montana.

A. Reed Schroeder
Sewickley, Pa.