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February 2015 Highlights

January 30, 2015

Filed under 3rd in the Burg, A Fondness for Birds, Back to the Moon for Good, Collections, Events, Exhibit Opening, Exhibits, Fine Arts, Inauguration, Learn @ Lunchtime, National History Day Displays, Planetarium, Press Releases, Scholastic Art Awards, UnCommon Modern, We Are Aliens

During the opening of the Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts, artists and lending institutions paused for this group photograph.

During the opening of the Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts, artists and lending institutions paused for this group photograph.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for February 2015:
Inaugural Exhibit of Pennsylvania Art:
The State Museum of Pennsylvania is honored to be hosting the “Inaugural Exhibit of Pennsylvania Art” featuring the works of both iconic artists from Pennsylvania’s history and a diverse array of talented living artists from across the commonwealth.
The exhibit will also be on display during regular museum hours through February 15, 2015. The exhibit is included with your general admission to the museum.

Learn@Lunchtime – Inaugural Exhibit of Pennsylvania Art:
The State Museum will feature the “Inaugural Exhibit of Pennsylvania Art” for our Learn@Lunchtime series from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Be sure to come and see these iconic works of art. The State Museum will be offering free general admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Arts Exhibit:
Winners of the 2015 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards, sponsored by Commonwealth Connections Academy, will have their works displayed Feb. 27 through April 26 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The Regional South Central Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes students for their creative excellence in 28 different categories. Students from schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York counties were eligible to showcase their talents and have their entries judged by area artistic and literary professionals.

National History Day in Pennsylvania 2014 Winners Exhibition:
The State Museum will display winning student entries from the 2014 National History Day in Pennsylvania competition from Feb. 27 through April 26. This national educational program engages students in grades 6–12 in the discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, websites and research papers based on an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state and national competitions. This program is presented in cooperation with the U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation, Carlisle, Pa.

UnCommon Modern: A Pennsylvania Glossary of Midcentury Architecture:
The State Museum of Pennsylvania opens a new photography exhibit, “UnCommon Modern: A Pennsylvania Glossary of Midcentury Architecture.” This unique exhibit features color documentary photographs taken by Betsy Manning, a Philadelphia-area photojournalist. Each photograph depicts buildings and designs from across the commonwealth that reflect Midcentury Modern influences. The exhibit runs through April 26, 2015.

The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society: 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition: This is your last chance to come explore the 35th anniversary edition of The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibition. The exhibit will be closing February 8, 2015. Pieces are selected from artists from Pennsylvania and around the country. The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society is a non-profit society founded in 1979 in a back room of the State Museum and dedicated to encouraging, promoting and advancing watercolor with artists and the public.

A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander Wilson: This exhibit features bird prints and first-edition volumes of the 200 year-old “American Ornithology” series by Wilson, who is considered the father of American ornithology. Also featured are a number of bird specimens from the museum’s Botany and Zoology collections, some of which date to the late 19th century. The specimens underscore the museum’s historic and continuing role in the study of Pennsylvania’s flora and fauna. This exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.

Storytime in Curiosity Connection Winter Reading Series:
Keep warm with good friends, good books, and great play! Our visitors ages 3 to 5 will meet to enjoy a series of fun and playful books the winter season. The event is included with general admission to the museum.
• February 27 – In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? Written by Lindsay Barrett George
• March 6 – Demolition Written by Sally Sutton
• March 13 – Move! Written by Steve Jenkins
• March 20 – Number One Sam Written by Greg Pizzoli

3rd in the “Bird” – Birds at The State Museum!: Join us for special tours highlighting Pennsylvania birds and refreshments in our 3rd floor natural history galleries from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 for Harrisburg’s monthly 3rd in the Burg arts & entertainment celebration. Meet Dr. Iren Snavely, author of a new Pennsylvania Heritage article on America’s first ornithologist, Alexander Wilson, and Beth Hager and Amy Hammond, curators of the museum’s current exhibit “A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander Wilson.” Admission to the museum is free during the hours of the event.

Community Free Day at The State Museum:
In honor of Black History Month, The State Museum is proud to host the Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers Wordshop and Jump Street Inc. in a presentation of “Books That Tell The Story.” Dramatic readings and storytelling will be featured in a program for the whole family. Readings will include “Dear Benjamin Banneker” by Andrea Davis Pinkney; “Mirandy and Brother Wind” by Patricia C. McKissack; “The Conjure Woman” by William Miller and “Grandmama’s Pride” by Becky Birtha, plus many more dynamic stories. This free program encourages the love of reading and the appreciation for the study of Black History. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22. The museum’s general admission is free for the day. For more information on this event, contact Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden at (717) 608-2312 or pgadsden@aol.com.

The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The Planetarium is offering two shows through March 1, 2015:

“Earth, Moon, & Sun” (grade 1 through 5): Coyote has razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he’s seeing in the sky. In his quest for answers, this amusing character, adapted from American Indian oral traditions, will help audiences discover the truth behind many common astronomical misconceptions. This delightful, humorous production tackles some of the most baffling concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system including: eclipses, lunar phases, the seasonal changing of constellations and the physical nature of the sun and the moon. This production is from the University of North Carolina Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday

“Back to the Moon for Good” (grade 4 and up): Narrated by Tim Allen, immerse yourself in a race to return to the moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the moon’s resources and discover what could be in store for humanity’s future on Earth’s only natural satellite. Back to the Moon for Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
12 noon Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
12 noon and 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission; free to State Museum Affiliate Members and Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members.

Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639