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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WGAL superstar makes broadcast history with “Percy Platypus and His Friends”

WGAL superstar makes broadcast history with “Percy Platypus and His Friends”

  In the late 1990s, Jim Freed donated to The State Museum the original Percy Platypus and Wikilou Wombat puppets from the popular children’s program, “Percy Platypus and His Friends.” To celebrate, Freed and Marijane Landis performed a re-creation of an original “Percy Platypus and His Friends” episode at the museum. A recording of that …

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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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Hires Root Beer: Sweet recipe keep profits pouring in

Hires Root Beer: Sweet recipe keep profits pouring in

“A pure food temperance drink that satisfies every thirst, revives the appetite, creates nerve force – prepares you for the daily task…” It’s hard to believe that this quote from a Victorian trading card is actually in reference to one of the first commercially-produced soft drinks, Hires Root Beer. Originally known as Hires Herb Tea …

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