Executive Director’s Message

Larry E. Tise assumed the post of executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission this past April. He comes to the PHMC from North Carolina where, for the past six years, he served as director of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History and as North Carolina state historic preservation officer. The new executive director received his A.B. from Duke University...
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Executive Director’s Message

We have just completed the first year of a “new departure” for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. During the course of that year much has changed in the Com­mission’s operating methods and directions. We have succeed­ed beyond our expectations in finding the ways and means of putting all sixty of the Commission’s historic sites and museums back into use,...
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Executive Director’s Message

As I approach the completion of my first year as execu­tive director of the PHMC (April 9 [1982]) and the anniversary of our efforts to reinvigorate the programs of the Commission, I cannot help reflecting upon the mass of knowledge and insight I have been privileged to gain both about Pennsyl­vania and the pursuit and practice of history in the Com­monwealth. To me, the process has been...
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Executive Director’s Message

In recent issues of PH I have discussed the PHMC’s efforts to put all of its historic sites and museums, as well as their component parts, to their best possible uses. The objective of the program is to retain twenty-seven major historic sites and museums under full Commission management and to place the remaining thirty-one properties either under the management of local historical...
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Executive Director’s Message

Probably few people in the history of the English lan­guage have joined together, in one phrase, the verb “to place” and the noun “property,” i.e. real estate. But we at the Historical and Museum Commission have brought the two words together to describe a program that we are pursuing to deal with the very difficult financial woes of the PHMC. Much like the work of the...
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Executive Director’s Message

We have been extremely gratified over the past few years by the growth in popularity of Pennsylvania Heritage magazine. Since 1978, the circulation has increased from less than 3,000 to its present level, approaching 10,000 subscribers. During the same period, the scope of the publication has been ex­panded and greater emphasis has been placed on improving the quality of articles published,...
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Executive Director’s Message

During the course of the last year, I have on several occa­sions commented about the efforts of the Pennsylvania His­torical and Museum Commission (PHMC) to find new ways of using its vast array of historic sites and museums, many of which had been closed to the public due to insufficient finan­cial resources. To deal with this long-term difficulty, the Commission initiated an innovative...
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Executive Director’s Message

One of the great pleasures of working with the Pennsylva­nia Historical and Museum Commission is that I have the op­portunity to come into contact with thousands of its friends and associates throughout the Commonwealth. At many of the older and larger historic sites and museums, dedicated volunteers have long been organized into what the Commis­sion calls “Associate” groups....
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Executive Director’s Message

Much to my satisfaction, but also with profound gratitude for many hardworking members of our staff, the confidence of the Commission and the volunteered services of many citizens of Pennsylvania, the PHMC property placement pro­gram is moving toward an extremely successful conclusion. We are closing in on establishing the proper future uses for the last of the thirty-one properties officially...
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Executive Director’s Message

Friends and supporters of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission may be interested in the sub­stantial changes made re­cently in the administration of our agency’s major programs and services. While it is un­derstandable that most people “outside” of an organization care very little about in­ternal structure and opera­tions, several of the changes will, I trust,...
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