Schrank: From ordinary to exceptional thanks to a little sulfur

Schrank: From ordinary to exceptional thanks to a little sulfur

In late 18th century Pennsylvania, a technique using sulfur inlay to decorate furniture sprang up around Lancaster County. This beautiful and unique approach is visible in the construction of this schrank, a Pennsylvania German variation of the French armoire now on exhibit in Pennsylvania Icons at The State Museum. Typically, schranks stored clothing, extra linens …

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Marian Anderson: A voice that would challenge intolerance

Marian Anderson: A voice that would challenge intolerance

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a 1952 recording of classical opera singer Marian Anderson performing four works by Austrian composer Franz Schubert including “Ave Maria.” Selected by CAP curator Jennifer Gleim, this record is featured in Pennsylvania Icons at The State Museum. Marian Anderson was born in 1897 in South Philadelphia to working-class parents. At age …

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The Whiskey Rebellion: Carrying the flag of a militiaman

The Whiskey Rebellion: Carrying the flag of a militiaman

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a flag carried by a militiaman during the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. Selected by CAP curator Jennifer Gleim, this flag is featured in Pennsylvania Icons, a new exhibit at The State Museum. The Whiskey Rebellion protested taxes on distilled spirits levied by the federal government in 1791. Three years later, …

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This state flag bore witness to the Gettysburg Address

This state flag bore witness to the Gettysburg Address

This flag, featuring the Pennsylvania State Coat of Arms, was purportedly flying from the platform on which President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863.   The consecration of Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg not only recognized the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg, but also preserved land that honors the fallen …

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Missing mascot: Why is Mr. Peanut absent from this canister?

Missing mascot: Why is Mr. Peanut absent from this canister?

Amedeo Obici arrived in the United States from Italy in the late 19th century when he was 11 years old. After several years working as a bellhop and fruit vendor in Scranton, Pa., he moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and began operating a horse-drawn fruit cart. Obici invested in a peanut roaster which he would eventually …

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Red Rose Studio: Love and camaraderie expressed on canvas

Red Rose Studio: Love and camaraderie expressed on canvas

Violet Oakley was a painter, stained-glass artist and illustrator. She is best known for her murals currently on display inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Those paintings represent the largest public work ever to be completed by a woman. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, an oil-on-canvas entitled Red Rose Studio, depicts the Red Rose Inn, Oakley’s home …

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Personalized paperweight praises legacy of C. Delores Tucker

Personalized paperweight praises legacy of C. Delores Tucker

From her role in the 1965 Civil Rights marches alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to her career as the highest-ranking African-American women in state government, C. Delores Tucker understood perseverance. Following her tenure as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth, Tucker continued to advocate for women and African Americans. She instituted the first Commission …

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Historic decanter hints at link to former Treasury Secretary

Historic decanter hints at link to former Treasury Secretary

Abraham Alphonse “Albert” Gallatin was born into a wealthy Swiss family in 1761. Orphaned at a young age and raised by an austere relative, Catherine Pictet, Gallatin attended the best Swiss schools. However, he was unhappy with his traditional upbringing. Seeking adventure and a new life, he immigrated with a childhood friend to North America …

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Dorothea Dix: An early champion for the mentally ill

Dorothea Dix: An early champion for the mentally ill

Samuel B. Waugh, a well-known artist and native of Mercer, Pa., created this oil and canvas portrait of Dorothea Dix. His work became part of the permanent art collection at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in 2008. Previously, the portrait hung in the Dixmont State Hospital, named after its founder Dorothea Dix. The painting will …

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Hershey’s sweet shipping pail not shy on Kisses

Hershey’s sweet shipping pail not shy on Kisses

This paperboard Hershey’s Kisses shipping pail from around 1920 can hold approximately 25 pounds and was originally used to ship and distribute the candy. The label features an image of the factory that company founder Milton Hershey built in Derry Township, along with text stating, “The House of Hershey, Where Quality is Paramount”. A stamp …

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