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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Biblical guidance cast in iron

Biblical guidance cast in iron

  Stove plates are notable for their artistic depictions of biblical stories and Germanic text. This stove plate dates to 1753/1763 and is the only satirical plate known to survive today. The image features a Hessian rider astride an animal, possibly a goat or a horse. Another figure blocks the road and holds a sword …

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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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