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Changing Exhibits
National History Day in Pennsylvania

National History Day in Pennsylvania

1st Floor


Open March 11 through May 1st, National History Day in Pennsylvania is a year-long classroom program that engages students in hands-on historical research and exploration based on the 2016 theme “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange”. NHD in PA is managed by the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle, PA and is represented throughout the state by eleven regional affiliates that coordinate activities in 57 counties across Pennsylvania.

Bootay-State Museum Archives

Pennsylvania Modern: A Juried Photography Exhibition of Midcentury Modern Architecture

1st Floor


Extended through April 24, 2016, this photography exhibit honors iconic modern architecture “hidden in plain sight” throughout the commonwealth. Buildings designed by world-famous architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn and others were captured by photographers.

archives sign with cherry blossoms

What's Inside?

2nd Floor


The Pennsylvania State Archives has unveiled “What’s Inside? Celebrating 50 Years in the State Archives Tower.” This exhibit is located in the History Alcove on the Second Floor. Important documents displayed include: Pennsylvania’s Gradual Abolition Act of 1780, an Indian Deed from Tamanen to William Penn from 1683, and an original 1880 Federal Census book. Topics include: Famous Pennsylvanians, Pennsylvania’s Story, Documents that Protect You, and Protecting Records in the State Archives.

Stories from the Home Front: Pennsylvania in the Civil War

Stories from the Home Front: Pennsylvania in the Civil War

1st Floor


This interactive exhibit explores major themes about Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War. Through stereoscopic photographs, original compositions of Civil War-era music and sound effects, interactive maps, hands-on objects and animated storytelling, the exhibit conveys accounts of the many ways Pennsylvania’s men, women, children and communities experienced the Civil War – both on the battlefield and the home front.