Changing Exhibits

2017 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards

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Open February 25th through April 16th, the winners of the 2017 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards will be on exhibition. The Regional South Central Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes students for their creative excellence. Students from schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York counties showcase their talents are juried by area artistic and literary professionals.

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.

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.