Border dispute paves way for the Mason-Dixon Line

Border dispute paves way for the Mason-Dixon Line

Originally 5 feet tall and weighing roughly 600 hundred pounds, this stone was cut from a limestone quarry in Portland, England. The stone, and others like it, were shipped to the American colonies and installed every five miles along what is now known as the Mason-Dixon Line. Each stone was inscribed with the Penn family crest …

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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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Tragedy at the Rushton Mine: The gear she carried

Tragedy at the Rushton Mine: The gear she carried

On Oct. 2, 1979, Marilyn McCusker arrived at her job at the Rushton Mine along with her gear – a hardhat with lamp and battery pack, paper union card, lunch pail and leather mining belt. Later that day, her tragic death would make national history, sending shockwaves through the Pennsylvania coal mining community. The series …

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Pennsylvania Icons: Your top 5 treasures

Pennsylvania Icons: Your top 5 treasures

On Sunday, Nov. 8, The State Museum of Pennsylvania will open to the public Pennsylvania Icons, a landmark exhibit showcasing nearly 400 artifacts, many of which have not been displayed in decades, that tells the story of the commonwealth, its people and the role they played in shaping the nation. In the past, only a …

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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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