Changing Exhibits
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.

The 50th Annual 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 11 – September 10. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit includes 130 works by 119 artists.

Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania. WITF Public Media and Higher Information Group are exhibit sponsors.

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 April 2, 2017 through November 12, 2017.