Executive Director’s Message

Moving to Pennsylvania to become, in early February 2004, executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) seems as much like a homecoming for me as it is a new beginning. Pennsylvania is a place where my family has deep roots among German farmers and Scots-Irish iron-workers. It is the place where I experienced history firsthand as a student at Bryn Mawr College...
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Executive Director’s Message

The articles in this issue underscore the diversity of Pennsylvania’s history – from the role of women in industrv to Cuban baseball players in Williamsport. The range of these topics is matched by the complexity and breadth of the PHMC’s mission and programs. With 17 million visitors each year to our more than two dozen historic sites and museums – comprising more than...
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Executive Director’s Message

The information age has forced us all to think about information – and how we share it – in new and meaningful ways. We increasingly place a high value on information that possesses relevance to our lives and that we need to solve the problems we are facing at any given moment. History is too often dismissed as irrelevant because it deals with the past, when, in fact, the past is...
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Executive Director’s Message

This issue of Pennsylvania Heritage includes the new format of the Pennsylvania Heritage Society’s quarterly newsletter. If you’re an individual or family member of the Pennsylvania Heritage Society, you’ll undoubtedly appreciate the many interesting programs available to you with free or discounted admissions. If you’re not a member, I hope you will consider joining to...
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Executive Director’s Message

The spring edition of Pennsylvania Heritage covers more than three hundred years of the Commonwealth’s history wealth’s history, from the seventeenth­-century gardens of William Penn at Pennsbury Manor to Smarty Jones’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories last year. Spring in Pennsylvania follows familiar cycles as predictable spring bulbs are followed by flowering...
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Executive Director’s Message

This edition of Pennsylvania Heritage pays tribute to The State Museum of Pennsylvania on its centennial. The museum was developed as one of the first comprehensive state museums in the nation. Sylvester K. Stevens (1904-1974), the legendary executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), brought the agency to new, unparalleled levels of professionalism. Under his...
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Executive Director’s Letter

This issue of Pennsylvania Heritage includes an article about the development of historic preservation in Pennsylvania to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of our State Historic Preservation Board. With the appointment of James Biddle (1929-2005) in 1980 as its first chair­man, the board established a high standard and has attracted members of both state and national reputation. The...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Autumn is a busy season and this issue of Pennsylvania Heritage offers many exciting opportunities to connect with Pennsylvania history. The celebration of the centennial of our magnificent State Capitol is marked by an interview with Ruth Ann Hubbert-Kemper, executive director of the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee, and the monumental efforts to restore this landmark building so...
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Executive Director’s Letter

Pennsylvania is particularly beautiful in the summer months with its wooded hills and lush fields. PHMC historic sites and museums are great starting points to explore the state this summer. The new Pennsylvania Trail of History brochure is available free by calling 1-800-VISITPA. Admission to the twenty-six historic sites and museums is free to members of the Pennsylva­nia Heritage Society and...
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Executive Director’s Letter

I hope enjoying you the are enjoying the new features that have been introduced in recent issues of Pennsylvania Heritage. They are aimed at enhancing our relationships with history organizations, cultural institutions, museums, and historic preservation groups throughout the Commonwealth. We also hope these new features will keep you better informed about our programs and activities....
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