This fife dates to the War of 1812

This fife dates to the War of 1812

The fife, a small flute, is believed to be one of the instruments played onboard Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, the U.S. Brig Lawrence. The descendants of John Gould Perry gifted the fife to the Erie Maritime Museum.

Edwin Drake’s top hat at the Drake Well Museum and Park

Edwin Drake’s top hat at the Drake Well Museum and Park

In 1913, Laura Drake, Edwin Drake’s widow, wrote to Edwin C. Bell of Titusville offering this top hat along, with Drake’s spectacles and pocket book, for preservation at the Drake Memorial Museum, precursor to the Drake Well Museum and Park.

Photograph of Edwin Drake in his top hat

Photograph of Edwin Drake in his top hat

The famous photograph taken in 1866 shows Col. Edwin L. Drake (right) and Peter Wilson (left) standing in front of the engine house and derrick of the Drake Well. In the iconic image, Drake sports a black top hat currently on exhibit at the Drake Well Museum and Park.

Edwin Drake’s top hat at the Drake Well Museum and Park

Edwin Drake’s top hat at the Drake Well Museum and Park

In 1913, Laura Drake, Edwin Drake’s widow, wrote to Edwin C. Bell of Titusville offering this top hat along, with Drake’s spectacles and pocket book, for preservation at the Drake Memorial Museum, precursor to the Drake Well Museum and Park

Man in the Moon bead (reverse)

Man in the Moon bead (reverse)

This bead, depicting a man-in-the-moon and two stars, shows vestigial impressions indicative of wire-mandrel wound technology. This method involves melting a rod of glass onto a revolving mandrel of straightened wire.  The accumulated blob of glass is then pressed flat, forming the disk-shaped bead.

The Man-in-the-Moon bead

The Man-in-the-Moon bead

In the 1980s, archaeologists recovered this glass bead from the Gould Island site in Luzerne County, Pa. Though rare, Man-In-The-Moon beads have been found in other parts of eastern North America and likely spread across the nation through the French trade.

Old Economy mural painted by Richard Hay Kenah

Old Economy mural painted by Richard Hay Kenah

This mural depicting the Harmony Society, painted by Richard Hay Kenah, originally decorated the auditorium of the former Park Road School in Beaver County. Today, those who visit Old Economy Village are greeted by the painting which currently adorns the historic site’s visitors center.

Groundhog at The State Museum

Groundhog at The State Museum

Soon, this groundhog, which take up residence in its Mammal Hall diorama at The State Museum, will benefit from a renovation that will restore its true shadow.

The name of this fossil, Holonema rugosum, translates to “rugnose threaded fish.” 1936 Democratic National Convention memorabilia

1936 Democratic National Convention memorabilia

Currently, Philadelphia is playing host to the Democratic National Convention. The first time Democrats gathered in the City of Brotherly Love was in 1936 when thousands of delegates and supporters packed the former Municipal Auditorium and, later, Franklin Field. Pictured above are convention tickets and a limited edition “entertainment guide” the directed visitors toward various leisure activities.