Settlers rebel against hard-to-swallow whiskey tax

Settlers rebel against hard-to-swallow whiskey tax

Selected by CAP curator Jennifer Gleim and appearing this fall in the upcoming Pennsylvania Icons exhibit, this receipt recalls a tumultuous time in the early history of the United States. The Whiskey Rebellion and President George Washington’s subsequent response was the first test of the newly-formed government’s authority to both levy taxes and pass and …

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Who crafted Eastern State Penitentiary’s Noah’s Ark?

Who crafted Eastern State Penitentiary’s Noah’s Ark?

The journey of this hand-crafted Noah’s Ark toy began in the solitary confinement wing of Eastern State Penitentiary and ended under little Sadie Green’s Christmas Tree. By the end of the 19th century, Noah’s Arks were one of the most popular toys in America. A jump in immigration to the United States brought with it …

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Dairy farmers leave legacy molded in butter

Dairy farmers leave legacy molded in butter

Not every Pennsylvania Treasure comes in the form of an inaugural ball gown or a desk set from Tiffany Studios. Sometimes, it’s all about the butter. Gardiner C. Criswell donated this butter mold, along with a host of similar prints from her husband’s large collection, to the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Made of maple wood, …

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