Executive Director’s Message

Next year, 1981, marks the beginning of the Tercenten­ary for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In order to prepare for commemorative events, Governor Thornburgh signed Executive Order #1980-2 on January 23, 1980 establishing the Pennsylvania 300th Birthday Planning Committee, chaired by Mrs. Marion Bell and former Gover­nor George M. Leader. A total of fifty-five members were appointed...
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Executive Director’s Message

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission this year is pleased to assist in the coordination of the Commonwealth’s first statewide competition as part or the National History Day 1980 program. History Day encour­ages young people from grades 6-12 to explore a historical subject related to a theme and compete for awards by writing essays, creating displays or offering dramatic...
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Executive Director’s Message

Though significant attention has been given in the United States to the care and preservation of federal and state records of historical value, much needs to be done with respect to those records created by our counties, cities, boroughs and townships. To help correct this im­balance in priorities in our Commonwealth, the Historical and Museum Commission’s Bureau of Archives and History...
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Executive Director’s Message

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and other organizations throughout the Commonwealth are initiating plans for the observance of Pennsylvania’s Ter­centenary – the three hundredth anniversary of its founding. Among the programs being launched by the Commission is a project to erect a state historical marker at each county seat at or near the courthouse commemorating...
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Executive Director’s Message

As past articles in Pennsylvania Heritage have suggested, Pennsylvania’s 300th anniversary, including a two-year celebration centered around special events and programs, is fast approaching. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, in keeping with the spirit of the Tercentenary, has expanded its regular publishing program with the print­ing of three commemorative publications,...
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Executive Director’s Message

With the quarterly publication of Pennsylvania Heritage, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission embarks upon a new venture. The Commission hopes that this magazine will provide a medium of communication for those persons interested in Pennsylvania history. One of our chief goals in this new magazine is to recognize achievements in statewide historical activities, both private and...
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Executive Director’s Message

Pennsylvania enjoys a rich heritage, reflected in both urban and rural areas. This heritage is preserved in structures, furnishings and implements, and it is exemplified individually through works of art. We also see it in customs of ethnic as well as other groups, and naturally, it is evidenced in documents that relate details of events and the involvement of individuals and organizations in...
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Executive Director’s Message

One of the major objectives of Pennsylvania Heritage is to foster the continual growth of existing historical societies as well as to assist in developing new societies. It is with this thought in mind that we devote several pages of this magazine to news for and about historical societies. This quarter we devote even more space to historical society news: comments on the early history of the...
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Executive Director’s Message

Lack of operating funds is endangering the network of historic sites and properties and museums that the Commonwealth has developed through the years at great effort and expense to reflect the historic and cultural heritage of her people. Ironically, on the threshold of Bicentennial 1976, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has been forced to close ten properties and reduce...
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Executive Director’s Message

Pennsylvanians have always held a sincere and active interest in their historical heritage. This interest, however, has reached new heights with the approach of our Bicenten­nial. New history-oriented groups are forming and existing societies and organizations are taking on new projects, thus improving programs and increasing memberships. We are hopeful this renewed interest in history will...
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