Old Economy Village mural illustrates hardships of the Great Depression

Old Economy Village mural illustrates hardships of the Great Depression

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched the New Deal in 1933 to alleviate massive unemployment, stimulate industrial recovery and create economic growth in the wake of the Great Depression. His relief programs gave work to millions of unemployed Americans including not only construction workers and laborers, but also artists, musicians and writers. A 1932 graduate of …

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World Series photograph illustrates one governor’s love of baseball

World Series photograph illustrates one governor’s love of baseball

In this photo preserved by the Pennsylvania State Archives, Gov. David L. Lawrence proudly shows off the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headline detailing the Pittsburgh Pirates’ victory over the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. Pirate second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a home run on a 1-0 pitch from Yankee hurler Ralph Terry over the …

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike: The journey of the Irwin interchange tollbooth

The Pennsylvania Turnpike: The journey of the Irwin interchange tollbooth

From 1940 until the early 1980s, this tollbooth stood at the Irwin interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, America’s first superhighway. When the first section of the turnpike opened to traffic Oct. 1, 1940, the town of Irwin, some 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County, served as its western terminus. Hundreds of curiosity seekers …

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The Face Pot: The distinctive pottery of the Susquehannock Indians

The Face Pot: The distinctive pottery of the Susquehannock Indians

The first chronicled contact between Europeans and the Susquehannock Indians occurred in 1607 when Captain John Smith encountered 60 Susquehannocks near the head of Chesapeake Bay. Captain Smith’s account states that . . . “Those are the strangest people of all those countries, both in language and attire” . . . and that . . …

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The collapse of the “People’s Bridge” marks 20th anniversary

The collapse of the “People’s Bridge” marks 20th anniversary

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the partial collapse of the western section of Harrisburg’s Walnut Street Bridge. In mid-January 1996, Pennsylvania was still recovering from the devastation wrought by that year’s North American Blizzard when the temperature began to rise. Rainfall, coupled with the increasing warmth, caused the Susquehanna River to swell. On …

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Mary Sachs: A tailored legacy of fashion and philanthropy

Mary Sachs: A tailored legacy of fashion and philanthropy

On any given day, hundreds of people walk past 208 N. Third St. in Harrisburg. With its large red canopy extending from the door, this three-story, gray stone building with the name “Mary Sachs” carved into the façade was once home to one of the city’s premiere shopping experiences. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, selected by CAP …

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Lincoln’s funeral tokens: Mourning an American icon

Lincoln’s funeral tokens: Mourning an American icon

Many are familiar with the story of Abraham Lincoln and his April 14, 1865 assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. After the shooting on that (not so) Good Friday, Booth fled and Lincoln was taken across the street to the home of William Petersen where he would …

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Annie McCormick’s silver flower bowl: From birthday gift to artifact

Annie McCormick’s silver flower bowl: From birthday gift to artifact

  This silver flower bowl, a birthday gift for the matriarch of the McCormick family, is decorated with elaborate scenes from Rosegarden, the family’s country estate. Collections Advancement Project Curator Amy Frey nominated the bowl for this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure. Made by S. Kirk and Sons of Baltimore, the flower bowl is covered in a …

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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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