Who made this rare Union County quilt?

Who made this rare Union County quilt?

Since the early days of quilting, women have used needle and thread to express their social and political views as well as patriotic sentiment. Eagles first appeared on quilts during the Federal Period, as early as 1812. The eagle, symbolizing liberty and freedom, was the focal point of the official Great Seal of the United …

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A traveling tinker, a teapot and its “make-do” handle

A traveling tinker, a teapot and its “make-do” handle

As curators, we see thousands of objects in varying states of condition. Initially, this ceramic ironstone teapot, with its missing and replaced parts, seemed a likely candidate for deaccessioning. The institutional practice of removing objects from a collection, deaccessioning an object may occur for many reasons, the most likely being deteriorated condition. While museums are …

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American hero rocks the cradle, saves the Liberty Bell

American hero rocks the cradle, saves the Liberty Bell

  Whose hand was it that rocked this simple wooden cradle owned by John Jacob Mickley? That’s the question spurred by this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure submitted by Collection’s Advancement Project curator Diana Zeltmann. Made of dovetail construction complete with arched ends with holds for handles, the cradle features remnants of brass knobs on two sides. …

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Inaugural ball gowns: Pennsylvania’s wearable works of art

Inaugural ball gowns: Pennsylvania’s wearable works of art

Inaugural ball gowns worn by Pennsylvania’s former first ladies are treasured as historic works of art worthy of collection and preservation, as is the case of Mary McAllister. The wife of former Gov. James Beaver, McAllister wore this beige and yellow silk faille gown to the 1887 inaugural ball. CAP Curator Katelyn Adam nominated this …

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Mysterious Penn State doll frightens museum curators

Mysterious Penn State doll frightens museum curators

No, this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is not a horror movie prop.  Although, it could be. When we first discovered this  doll, we immediately thought of the movie “Pscyho,” particularly the scene where Norman Bates’ real mother is found reposing in the kitchen, a toothy grin on her face, and nothing more.  Around 1948, Alice Milsom gave …

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Berks County mousetrap captures Pennsylvania ingenuity

Berks County mousetrap captures Pennsylvania ingenuity

Mice and other rodents have plagued humans since the age of agriculture. Yet, the first known U.S. patent for a mousetrap wasn’t filed until 1870. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a mousetrap that may have been handmade. Lawrence A. DeTurk donated the artifact to the State Museum in 1929. The trap comes from Huff’s Union …

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