Top hat connects Drake Well to its historic founder

Top hat connects Drake Well to its historic founder

This black top hat made its most famous appearance in a photo taken in 1866 of Col. Edwin L. Drake and Peter Wilson standing in front of the engine house and derrick of the Drake Well. In the iconic image, Drake sports the 1860s hat, an artifact currently on exhibit at the Drake Well Museum …

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Discovery of Susquehanna County fossil leads to ancient fish

Discovery of Susquehanna County fossil leads to ancient fish

Fossils are often fascinating windows into the plants and animals of the past. Some of these ancient animals are different from those alive today. Often, the discovery of these prehistoric creatures are made by those who keep their eyes and ears open to what is around them. This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure tells the story of …

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Dauphin County projectile point collection dates to the Ice Age

Dauphin County projectile point collection dates to the Ice Age

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is the fluted projectile point collection from the Shoop archaeological site in Dauphin County. These artifacts, some of the oldest in the collections kept by The State Museum’s Section of Archaeology, hail from a site that made a significant contribution to our understanding of past cultural behavior in the Eastern United …

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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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