Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 53rd Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition

Press Release: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for 53rd Annual “Art of the State” Exhibition

Finalists have been announced for Art of the State 2020. Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the work of Pennsylvania’s artists at The State Museum of Pennsylvania since 1968. The body of art that has been exhibited reflects over a half-century of creative endeavor in the Keystone State. …

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Press Release: Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2019 Exhibition Winners Announced

Press Release: Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2019 Exhibition Winners Announced

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced the winners of Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2019. Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the work of Pennsylvania’s artists at The State Museum of Pennsylvania since 1968. The body of art that has been exhibited reflects more than a half …

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Protected: TEST Art of the State T.M. Fowler’s Pennsylvania Bird’s-Eye Views

T.M. Fowler’s Pennsylvania Bird’s-Eye Views

‘Every Thing of Interest Shown’: T.M. Fowler’s Bird’s-Eye Views of Pennsylvania, 1885-1905, on exhibit now through May 6 on the first floor of The State Museum, showcases a series of bird’s-eye views, or panoramic maps, of Pennsylvania communities as they appeared during the late 19th century. This exhibit features 32 original lithographic prints from a …

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Pennsylvania At War

Pennsylvania At War

Pennsylvania at War Commemorates two of the 20th century’s greatest conflicts, World War I and World War II, and explores their impact at home and across the globe, through stories and related artifacts from the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). PHMC has incorporated the #PAatWar hashtag in our social media postings …

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Winners Announced for “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2016” Exhibition

Winners Announced for “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2016” Exhibition

The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced the winners of “Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2016,” an annual juried exhibition showcasing the talent, creativity and diversity of the state’s established and emerging artists. Awards were given in painting, photography, sculpture, craft and work on paper. The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State …

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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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World War I medals honor soldier’s sacrifice

World War I medals honor soldier’s sacrifice

Memorial Day, as the day has come to be known, traces its origins to the American Civil War. People observed the day, initially known as Decoration Day, by decorating the graves of Union soldiers who had fallen in battle. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, selected May 30 as the …

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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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Native American pottery vessel tells story of winter survival

Native American pottery vessel tells story of winter survival

Native American culture groups remain an important component in the development of our commonwealth.  This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, now on exhibit in Pennsylvania Icons at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, features the significant archaeological recovery of a native-made clay storage vessel. Archaeologists have developed a strategy for dating sites, based in part on the artifacts recovered.  …

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