Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 53rd Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition

Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 53rd Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition

Finalists have been announced for Art of the State 2020. Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the work of Pennsylvania’s artists at The State Museum of Pennsylvania since 1968. The body of art that has been exhibited reflects over a half-century of creative endeavor in the Keystone State. …

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Press Release: Pennsylvania State Archives to debut World War I poster collection

Press Release: Pennsylvania State Archives to debut World War I poster collection

Harrisburg, PA – A new display from the Pennsylvania State Archives featuring its historic collection of World War I-era posters will open next month at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania At War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives will commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I by …

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World Series photograph illustrates one governor’s love of baseball

World Series photograph illustrates one governor’s love of baseball

In this photo preserved by the Pennsylvania State Archives, Gov. David L. Lawrence proudly shows off the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headline detailing the Pittsburgh Pirates’ victory over the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. Pirate second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a home run on a 1-0 pitch from Yankee hurler Ralph Terry over the …

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Bob Hoffman: From World War I veteran to legendary weightlifter

Bob Hoffman: From World War I veteran to legendary weightlifter

For decades, the name Robert C. “Bob” Hoffman has remained synonymous with U.S. Olympic Weightlifting and the founding of the York Barbell Co. Known as the “Father of World Weightlifting,” Hoffman gained national recognition in 1927 when he took home the sport’s heavyweight championship. However, before he became a pioneer in the fields of weightlifting, …

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Napoleon Lajoie : How Major League Baseball made legal history

Napoleon Lajoie : How Major League Baseball made legal history

Several of the most important legal documents in the early history of Major League Baseball trace their origins to a protracted legal battle resulting from Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie jumping his contract with the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies to play for the upstart American League Philadelphia Athletics. This move gave the A’s instant credibility as a …

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The Charter: The story of Pennsylvania’s “birth certificate”

The Charter: The story of Pennsylvania’s “birth certificate”

This month, the Pennsylvania Charter will briefly leave its climate-controlled, high-security vault at the Pennsylvania State Archives for a limited stint at The State Museum. For one week, the public will have the chance to view Pennsylvania’s “birth certificate” and discover the story behind the granting of the Pennsylvania Colony to William Penn by King …

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Historic upload: Digitizing World War I posters

Historic upload: Digitizing World War I posters

The Pennsylvania State Archives, in cooperation with the State Library of Pennsylvania, has digitized a collection of World War I posters from its Manuscript Group 200 – Poster Collection and made them available online. This assemblage consists of 258 posters, most of which include color or black-and-white illustrations. The posters were produced primarily on a national …

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50 Years of History: The State Museum and Archives Complex

50 Years of History: The State Museum and Archives Complex

  The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives were physically joined in a new, modern architectural complex 50 years ago.  Designed by the Harrisburg-based architectural firm of Lawrie and Green, the complex opened in 1964 and was dedicated in October 1965. First known as the William Penn Memorial Museum and State Archives, …

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