Pennsylvania at War Commemorates two of the 20th century’s greatest conflicts, World War I and World War II, and explores their impact at home and across the globe, through stories and related artifacts from the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).
PHMC has incorporated the #PAatWar hashtag in our social media postings from the Pennsylvania Trails of History and The State Museum of Pennsylvania as we highlight PHMC events commemorating World War I and World War II. Through #PAatWar, we will share updates on exhibits, workshops and lectures posted by museums, historical societies and other organizations across Pennsylvania as they honor they 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor and the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I.
We invite you to join PHMC and the #PAatWar hashtag campaign and tag your social media postings promoting your World War I and World War II events.
Pennsylvania At War programs:
Upcoming Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Exhibits
The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania
Launched shortly before the U.S. entered World War I and later damaged during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the USS Pennsylvania served as the flagship of the U.S.Navy. The State Museum presents a special exhibit chronicling the ship’s incredible witness to history. Including a model, the majestic centerpiece from the ship’s official silver service, uniforms and personal effects of crew members, the display commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I and the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. This exhibit opens December 4, 2016 and will be on display through December 30, 2017.
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the display and a Q&A with the curator who put it all together.
Illustrating a ‘War to End All Wars’: The World War I Poster Collection from the Pennsylvania State Archives
The Pennsylvania State Archives is exhibiting a collection of World War I posters from its Manuscript Group 200. This assemblage, most of which include color or black-and-white illustrations, were produced on a national scale, although some were also made locally. These posters fanned the fires of patriotism throughout the United States during the Great War, and helped to transition the country’s position from one of isolationism to one of openly becoming military partners with the Allied Forces in Europe. This exhibit will open in Spring 2017 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. This exhibit will open April 2, 2017 at The State Museum.
Featured PHMC World Wars Commemoration Events
Join The State Museum of Pennsylvania for the opening of The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 4. Scott LaMar, host and executive producer of WITF-FM’s Smart Talk, will serve as guest speaker for the opening of the display located on the first floor of the museum.
Join the Pennsylvania Military Museum at 12:45 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 for its Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute event. The tribute will be held beneath the guns of the battleship USS Pennsylvania.
United States World War One Centennial Commission
The United States World War One Centennial Commission plans, develops and executes programs, project and activities aimed at commemorating the Centennial of World War I. The commission serves as lead organizer for the nation’s commemorative events.