Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Earns National Award of Merit

Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Earns National Award of Merit

Harrisburg, PA – A permanent exhibit at The State Museum of Pennsylvania featuring the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has earned national recognition. The Leadership in History committee of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has selected The State Museum as its 2017 Award of Merit winner. The honor specifically recognizes the …

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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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Mammal Hall project forecasted to restore groundhog’s original shadow

Mammal Hall project forecasted to restore groundhog’s original shadow

To scientists, it is known as Marmota monax, or the woodchuck. This medium-sized mammal found from Canada to southern Alabama goes by many common names, including groundhog, hoover pig, whistle pig and marmot. In various parts of Pennsylvania, this ubiquitous herbivore is known as a grundsow. Garden pest or meat for a stew, the groundhog …

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Schuylkill County Hercules : Toying with Pennsylvania’s mining history

Schuylkill County Hercules : Toying with Pennsylvania’s mining history

Handcrafted around 1950 by John Mayza of Schuylkill County for his nephew Dan Canavan, this toy dragline excavator is constructed from materials normally found at an anthracite coal colliery. Currently on exhibit at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, the toy sports the name Hercules painted across the cab section. Interestingly, the name predates the artifact, …

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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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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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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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October 2015 Highlights

October 2015 Highlights

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for October 2015: New Exhibit: “The Pennsylvania Turnpike: America’s First Superhighway”: The first in a series of modular upgrades to the museum’s popular second floor gallery opens to the public on October 2. This new exhibit highlights the Turnpike’s contribution to the ongoing quest to …

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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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PA Historical and Museum Commission Presents “First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania”

PA Historical and Museum Commission Presents “First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania”

  Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission today announced the publication of “First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania.” The first comprehensive review of Native American archaeology in Pennsylvania for a general audience, the book is based on recent findings and previously unpublished research. With more than 240 illustrations of …

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