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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Solar System Chart

Solar System Chart

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a solar system chart from the first half of the 19th century. The chart is hand drawn with ink and watercolors on paper and depicts 11 planets, some with moons, the sun and a comet. CAP curators Amy Frey and Rachel Lovelace-Portal chose this item as a Pennsylvania Treasure since …

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