World War I medals honor soldier’s sacrifice

World War I medals honor soldier’s sacrifice

Memorial Day, as the day has come to be known, traces its origins to the American Civil War. People observed the day, initially known as Decoration Day, by decorating the graves of Union soldiers who had fallen in battle. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, selected May 30 as the …

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This state flag bore witness to the Gettysburg Address

This state flag bore witness to the Gettysburg Address

This flag, featuring the Pennsylvania State Coat of Arms, was purportedly flying from the platform on which President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863.   The consecration of Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg not only recognized the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg, but also preserved land that honors the fallen …

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Dorothea Dix: An early champion for the mentally ill

Dorothea Dix: An early champion for the mentally ill

Samuel B. Waugh, a well-known artist and native of Mercer, Pa., created this oil and canvas portrait of Dorothea Dix. His work became part of the permanent art collection at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in 2008. Previously, the portrait hung in the Dixmont State Hospital, named after its founder Dorothea Dix. The painting will …

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Woolrich: Weaving the fabric of Pennsylvania history

Woolrich: Weaving the fabric of Pennsylvania history

Selected as this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, this three-piece hunting suit was purchased in the 1940s and used by Carlton States of York. One of Mr. States’ descendants donated the suit to The State Museum in 1996. Woolrich Woolen Mills in Clinton County, Pa., manufactured this red-and-black wool suit which includes a vest, a field coat …

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Would you pin your fortune to a “Gold Bug” candidate?

Would you pin your fortune to a “Gold Bug” candidate?

Fashioned in the shape of an insect, this gold-toned, pressed-metal pin is a campaign token from the presidential election of 1896. Complete with moveable wings, this political souvenir features black-and-white images of Republican presidential candidate William McKinley on the left and vice presidential candidate, Garret Hobart, on the right. During the 1896 election, heated debates …

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