Archeology Project Culminates

When you walk through the Hall of Anthropology in the William Penn Memorial Museum, you will almost be able to feel that you are an integral part of one or more of the many life ways portrayed there. For some persons that feeling will be even more intensified – for they actually participated in finding materials that will be there on display. The Anthropology Hall, scheduled to open...
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Armstrong County

Editor’s Note: With this article, this magazine begins a series to highlight historical events and persons within various counties. Focus will also be directed at the counties’ historical societies.   Kittanning, the seat of Armstrong County, is the oldest identified Indian town in Western Pennsylvania. While the state is planning celebrations to commemorate the Revolutionary...
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Custom House Opening Anticipated

When the Custom House of Erie opens this spring, one of the chief goals will be to eventually establish a maritime museum there. Michael J. Ripton, director of Historic Sites and Properties and acting director of the Bureau of Museums for the Penn­sylvania Historical and Museum Commission, recently in­spected progress at the Custom House. Ripton is enthusiastic about the Custom House, which...
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Kent Retires after 37 Years as Historian

Donald H. Kent retired Feb. 5, 1975, as director of the Bureau of Archives and History of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. His retirement ends thirty-seven years of service with the Commission. Although he is retiring, anyone who knows Kent realizes that he will not cease working in the area he terms “the kind of thing he would have done for enjoyment.” His most...
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Cumberland County’s Progress Cited

Why single out Cumberland County Historical Society as an example of growth and progress? Chiefly because facts back the statement. As Robert Grant Crist, the society’s president, noted, the society has worked to achieve a 1,000 percent increase in “budget, attendance and service.” A former director of the society, Whitfield J. Bell, formerly of the Franklin Papers and...
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