PHMC Highlights presents stories and information about PHMC programs, events, exhibits and activities.

PHMC staff, volunteers, and dignitaries dedicated the new visitor center on Saturday, September 29, at Pennsbury Manor, the country estate of William Penn overlooking the Delaware River in Bucks County. Three times larger than the former facility, the center includes an auditorium, classroom with video conferencing capability, storage for the extensive collection of artifacts, space for public workshops, and a new exhibit gallery. Site Administrator Douglas A. Miller addressed the crowd before the ribbon cutting. As part of the celebration, twenty-five individuals were sworn in as United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony.

 

PHMC staff members Katyna L. Ward (below, center), of the State Records Center, and George “Jerry” Ellis (below, right), archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives, helped welcome more than two hundred registrants to the 2007 Archives and Records Management Seminar, “Archives in Our Lives,” on Wednesday, October 24, in Harrisburg. The annual event, held in conjunction with Archives Week, a national observance, and Pennsylvania Archives Month, conducted by PHMC, featured historian and author William C. Pencak as keynote speaker. Dr. Pencak, coauthor of Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published in 2002 by the PHMC and the Penn State Press, gave a talk entitled “The Continuing Importance of Archives and Records Management.” The dynamic yearly program is designed to address issues relevant to the challenges posed by today’s rapidly expanding world of records and information management and preservation.

 

Mr. Robert M. Sullivan, curator and paleontologist at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, continues to garner international attention with the December 2007 issue of National Geographic. The Summer 2006 edition of Pennsylvania Heritage reported how Sullivan and noted American paleontologist Dr. Robert T. “Dinosaur Bob” Bakker named a new dinosaur, Dracorex hogwartsia, after the fictional Hogwarts Academy in the Harry Potter series by author J. K. Rowling. National Geographic mentions Sullivan’s scientific work in writing about extreme adaptations in dinosaurs.

 

Some call them “picture rocks,” but to archaeologists, they are petroglyphs. Hundreds, even thousands, of years before Europeans arrived, native peoples carved designs into rocks along the Susquehanna River and throughout Pennsylvania. Located below Safe Harbor Dam, in the river between York and Lancaster Counties, Little Indian Rock is the subject of a new exhibit to be unveiled by the PHMC at the 2008 Farm Show in Harrisburg, January 5–12. “We want to raise awareness for appreciation and preservation of these valuable sites by bringing them to people at these events—it’s at the core of preserving Pennsylvania’s archaeological past,” says Kurt W. Carr,PHMC archaeologist leading the exhibit production. With the help of noted petroglyph expert, Paul A. Nevin, president of the Pennsylvania Society for Archaeology, a large image of Little Indian Rock petroglyphs will be featured at the exhibit.

 

In September, in Atlanta, Georgia, Brandywine Battlefield Park received the prestigious 2007 Leadership in History award from the American Association of State and Local History for its conference entitled “Remember the Ladies.” Site Administrator Elizabeth Rump is credited with organizing and conducting the annual two-day event. The conference began in 2004 as a hands-on workshop for women, including staff and volunteers from other historic sites and museums, who portray women of the Revolutionary War era. The popular event, cited for improving historic interpretations throughout the mid-Atlantic region, has distinguished the Delaware County attraction as a respected leader in public programming.

 

Works of art by Pennsylvania Heritage’s art director, Kim Krammes Stone, continue to attract accolades in central Pennsylvania. She was the featured artist for the month of July 2007 at Harrisburg’s Gallery at Walnut Place, her second exhibition mounted by the venue in three years. Stone has exhibited in solo and group shows in the region and will exhibit at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center in January 2008 with artist Tom Wise. In addition to designing the award-winning Pennsylvania Heritage, the Boiling Springs resident teaches a class in portraiture at the Art Association of Harrisburg.