DNC memorabilia highlights Philadelphia’s presidential past

DNC memorabilia highlights Philadelphia’s presidential past

This week, Democratic delegates and party loyalists from around the country are converging on Philadelphia to formally select their candidate. It promises to be a history-making convention, but as this grouping of ephemera reveals, it’s not the first time that Democrats have chosen the City of Brotherly Love for its stage. That distinction was earned …

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Curators uncover sweet souvenir from 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition

Curators uncover sweet souvenir from 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition

Pennsylvania is well known for being the home of Hershey Chocolate, but this is not the state’s only claim to chocolate fame. Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz, Pa. ranks as one of America’s oldest candy companies. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a Liberty Bell-shaped glass bottle that contains candies made by Croft, Wilbur & Co. at …

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American hero rocks the cradle, saves the Liberty Bell

American hero rocks the cradle, saves the Liberty Bell

  Whose hand was it that rocked this simple wooden cradle owned by John Jacob Mickley? That’s the question spurred by this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure submitted by Collection’s Advancement Project curator Diana Zeltmann. Made of dovetail construction complete with arched ends with holds for handles, the cradle features remnants of brass knobs on two sides. …

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