The Treaty Elm Chair: The seat of Pennsylvania history

The Treaty Elm Chair: The seat of Pennsylvania history

The Treaty Elm was an enormous tree under which tradition holds William Penn met with Lenape Indian Chief Tamanend in 1682 and pledged a treaty of friendship. Whether or not the meeting actually occurred, the Treaty Elm came to symbolize Penn’s desire to live in harmony and peace with the Native Americans. Contrary to romantic …

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Carving out a seat at the Reinhart factory

Carving out a seat at the Reinhart factory

In 1872, furniture craftsmen employed by George Reinhart Steam Chair & Cabinet Factory created this green-painted, wooden chair. German immigrant Martin Reinhart founded the factory in Hazleton, Pa. in 1840. In addition to the factory, Reinhart also operated a retail furniture store at the same location. The operations were the first of its kind in …

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Johnson’s chair: Well-worn history from top to bottom

Johnson’s chair: Well-worn history from top to bottom

  The supporter of countless bottoms during its lifetime, this chair shows the wear and tear of many generations of everyday use. Plank chairs, such as this one, were popular utilitarian pieces of furniture during the mid-1800s. They were made in both rural and urban areas by furniture makers who utilized faster, mechanized reproduction methods. …

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