Pennsylvania Icons: Your top 5 treasures

Pennsylvania Icons: Your top 5 treasures

On Sunday, Nov. 8, The State Museum of Pennsylvania will open to the public Pennsylvania Icons, a landmark exhibit showcasing nearly 400 artifacts, many of which have not been displayed in decades, that tells the story of the commonwealth, its people and the role they played in shaping the nation. In the past, only a …

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Settlers rebel against hard-to-swallow whiskey tax

Settlers rebel against hard-to-swallow whiskey tax

Selected by CAP curator Jennifer Gleim and appearing this fall in the upcoming Pennsylvania Icons exhibit, this receipt recalls a tumultuous time in the early history of the United States. The Whiskey Rebellion and President George Washington’s subsequent response was the first test of the newly-formed government’s authority to both levy taxes and pass and …

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Carving out a seat at the Reinhart factory

Carving out a seat at the Reinhart factory

In 1872, furniture craftsmen employed by George Reinhart Steam Chair & Cabinet Factory created this green-painted, wooden chair. German immigrant Martin Reinhart founded the factory in Hazleton, Pa. in 1840. In addition to the factory, Reinhart also operated a retail furniture store at the same location. The operations were the first of its kind in …

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Celebrated pewter flask bears mark of Pennsylvania history

Celebrated pewter flask bears mark of Pennsylvania history

Made by celebrated pewterer Johann Christopher Heyne in the mid-18th century, this round, pewter 1770’s flask with a screw top belonged to Christian Lauer, a colonel with the Associators during the Revolutionary War. The flask is engraved on the bottom “ICH LANCASTER”, the maker’s mark of Heyne. Concentric circles adorn both front and back with …

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