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National History Day in Pennsylvania

2016 National History Day in Pennsylvania

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The State Museum is displaying winning  entries from the 2016 National History Day in Pennsylvania from September 28, 2016 through February 12, 2017. This is year-long classroom based program, with the theme “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” This program engages students in hands-on historical research and exploration. The National History Day in Pennsylvania is managed by the Army Heritage Center Foundation located in Carlisle, PA.

•	Centerpiece from the official silver service of the USS Pennsylvania.  Collection of The State Museum of Pennsylvania

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 December 4, 2016 through December 30, 2017.

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Sixty Years with the Seven Lively Artists: 1956-2016

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Open October 21, 2016 through February 12, 2017, The State Museum is hosting an exhibit celebrating the 60th anniversary of Central Pennsylvania’s plein air painting group The Seven Lively Artists. The exhibit will feature work by the group’s original seven members as well as the current active members.

“Blue Haze” by Randy Zigo, the 2016 Working Together for Wildlife artwork depicting the Great Blue Heron

Working Together for Wildlife: Three Decades of Pennsylvania’s Nature in Art

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Open April 8 through December 31, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is pleased to present original artworks from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s stunning Working Together for Wildlife collection in a special exhibit at The State Museum.