Mapping Pennsylvania history, one stitch at a time

Mapping Pennsylvania history, one stitch at a time

Only three 19th century samplers depicting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are believed to still exist and, of those, two are the work of a young Pennsylvania public school girl named Elizabeth Leoser. One of her works was purchased by the State Museum of Pennsylvania in 1989. CAP Curator Amy Frey selected this artifact as this week’s …

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Chester County spice chest: A history of savory seasonings & secret compartments

Chester County spice chest: A history of savory seasonings & secret compartments

The finish on this small spice chest is worn. Its edges are chipped and cracked, and its feet have been replaced. But, the chest’s beauty and fine craftsmanship still shine through. This cabinet, selected as this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure by CAP Curator Jenifer Gleim, is made from cherry, chestnut and poplar woods. Standing 22 inches …

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