Changing Exhibits
The 51st annual exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, June 24 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania with an awards ceremony at 1:30 PM and an opening reception immediately following. Admission to The State Museum will be free that day.
Art of the State

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Art of the State is recognized as the official, statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists showing June 24 – September 9, 2018. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper and includes 103 works by 99 artists from 27 counties. A gallery of works is available here: https://phmc.info/AOS51.

Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

FOR VICTORY, BUY MORE BONDS 1918 Karle Litho., Co., Rochester, N.Y. John Williams (1877-1976) portrays Lady Liberty draped in the Stars and Stripes in this poster for the Fourth Liberty Loan drive. A flag wearing Lady Liberty or Columbia figure appear often in patriotic WWI posters. Williams, an English-born muralist and illustrator, lived for many years in Gettysburg, Adams County. Pennsylvania State Archives, MG-272 #76
Pennsylvania at War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives

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World War I posters provide a glimpse at the means by which valued American symbols and ideals were used to mobilize the country for war in Europe. The exhibit presents a sample of the nearly 500 posters in the collections of the Pennsylvania State Archives. This exhibit commemorates the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I. On Display through December 30, 2018.

Pennsylvania at War: The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania

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The State Museum launches a look into the USS Pennsylvania, flagship of the U.S. Navy which was damaged during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 75 year ago this December 7.  Including a 6-foot ship model, the centerpiece from the ship’s silver service, uniforms, and personal effects of crew members, the display commemorates the ship’s incredible witness to history.  On display through December 30, 2018.