How this rare Luzerne County bead blends history with technology

How this rare Luzerne County bead blends history with technology

In the early 1980s, Emanco Inc. archaeologists recovered a glass bead, three gunflints and two musket balls from the Gould Island site in Luzerne County, Pa. Most unusual was the discovery of this blue-and-white glass bead. On one side, the artifact depicts symbols of a man-in-the-moon and two stars. The reverse side features a shooting …

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Press Release: July 2016 Highlights

Press Release: July 2016 Highlights

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for July 2016: Community FREE Day Mark your calendar. The State Museum is offering free admission on Saturday, July 30. July 2016 Learn at Lunchtime Learn at Lunchtime features a variety of engaging discussions and presentations. This program, included with general admission to The State …

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Dauphin County projectile point collection dates to the Ice Age

Dauphin County projectile point collection dates to the Ice Age

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is the fluted projectile point collection from the Shoop archaeological site in Dauphin County. These artifacts, some of the oldest in the collections kept by The State Museum’s Section of Archaeology, hail from a site that made a significant contribution to our understanding of past cultural behavior in the Eastern United …

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Expedition North Pole: New Kensington surgeon brings home artistry of Inuit culture

Expedition North Pole: New Kensington surgeon brings home artistry of Inuit culture

More than 100 years ago, the race to claim the North Pole was a significant feat which many had tried, but none had succeeded. The opportunity to join Admiral Robert Peary’s 1908-1909 expedition was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young physician from western Pennsylvania. Doctor John W. Goodsell (1873-1949), a native of New Kensington, Westmoreland …

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The Face Pot: The distinctive pottery of the Susquehannock Indians

The Face Pot: The distinctive pottery of the Susquehannock Indians

The first chronicled contact between Europeans and the Susquehannock Indians occurred in 1607 when Captain John Smith encountered 60 Susquehannocks near the head of Chesapeake Bay. Captain Smith’s account states that . . . “Those are the strangest people of all those countries, both in language and attire” . . . and that . . …

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Native American pottery vessel tells story of winter survival

Native American pottery vessel tells story of winter survival

Native American culture groups remain an important component in the development of our commonwealth.  This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, now on exhibit in Pennsylvania Icons at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, features the significant archaeological recovery of a native-made clay storage vessel. Archaeologists have developed a strategy for dating sites, based in part on the artifacts recovered.  …

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“First Pennsylvanians”: Unearthing the most recent findings with Kurt Carr

“First Pennsylvanians”: Unearthing the most recent findings with Kurt Carr

For years, Kurt Carr sifted through manuals and guides in search a Pennsylvania archaeology book that could be easily read and digested by the general public.   He didn’t have much luck. So…he decided to write his own. Recently, “First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans, co-authored by Carr and Roger W. Moeller, hit both …

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September 2014 Highlights

September 2014 Highlights

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for September 2014: Art and Barriers: The Susquehanna Art Museum presents “Art and Barriers” in the DOSHI Gallery at The State Museum of Pennsylvania through Dec. 7. Artists have long been at the forefront of social change through revolutionary and, at times, subversive means of …

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Meet State Museum Archaeologists at Harrisburg City Island over Labor Day Weekend

Meet State Museum Archaeologists at Harrisburg City Island over Labor Day Weekend

The public is invited to meet archaeologists from The State Museum of Pennsylvania from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 as part of Harrisburg’s annual Kipona celebration. Staff archaeologists will present an interactive display focusing on the excavations conducted on City Island by the City of Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Archaeologists …

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Locks of George Washington’s Hair

Locks of George Washington’s Hair

Artifacts associated with the nation’s first president are highly coveted by museums, history buffs and memorabilia collectors alike. The State Museum of Pennsylvania is fortunate to possess two samples of George Washington’s hair. Collections Advancement Project Curator, Katelyn Adam, selected the tresses as this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure.   Adam said she finds it “incredibly random …

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