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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The governors’ billiard rack: A side pocket to Pennsylvania history

The governors’ billiard rack: A side pocket to Pennsylvania history

Nominated by Collections Advancement Project curator, Carol Buck, this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a billiard rack used by Pennsylvania’s governors. The unique piece of furniture was originally housed at the Old Executive Mansion, built in 1864.  Often referred to as Keystone Hall, the mansion was located on Front Street in Harrisburg until its demolition in …

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