Clock at Old Economy Village keeps time with history

Clock at Old Economy Village keeps time with history

The main hall of Old Economy Village’s George Rapp House features a tall case clock with quite a history. Its story began in Harmony, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, where the Harmony Society formally organized in 1805. Just arriving in America from Württemberg (now part of Germany), the 800 members of the society pooled their resources …

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Historic upload: Digitizing World War I posters

Historic upload: Digitizing World War I posters

The Pennsylvania State Archives, in cooperation with the State Library of Pennsylvania, has digitized a collection of World War I posters from its Manuscript Group 200 – Poster Collection and made them available online. This assemblage consists of 258 posters, most of which include color or black-and-white illustrations. The posters were produced primarily on a national …

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Martin Guitar: An acoustic history played out in timeless tunes

Martin Guitar: An acoustic history played out in timeless tunes

  Long respected in the music community, C.F. Martin & Company of Nazareth, Penn., has produced acoustic instruments since 1833. Founder Christian Frederick Martin Sr. initially took up the family craft of cabinet making, but soon left his native Markneukirchen, in present-day Germany , for Vienna to study guitars. Upon his return, Martin found himself …

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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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