Discovery magnified: The brilliance of Joseph Priestley

Discovery magnified: The brilliance of Joseph Priestley

British scientist and Unitarian theologian Joseph Priestley used this brass-and-glass telescope in his laboratory at his home in Northumberland County, Pa. Selected by CAP Curator Jennifer Gleim as this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, the telescope, on loan from the Joseph Priestley House, is featured in The State Museum’s Pennsylvania Icons exhibit. The earliest known working telescopes …

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50 Years of History: The State Museum and Archives Complex

50 Years of History: The State Museum and Archives Complex

  The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives were physically joined in a new, modern architectural complex 50 years ago.  Designed by the Harrisburg-based architectural firm of Lawrie and Green, the complex opened in 1964 and was dedicated in October 1965. First known as the William Penn Memorial Museum and State Archives, …

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Back to the Moon for Good: My lunch with Buzz Lightyear and a few lunar hopefuls

Back to the Moon for Good: My lunch with Buzz Lightyear and a few lunar hopefuls

  Every other month or so, my co-workers and I spend our lunch hour under the stars inside the planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. For 25 minutes, this self-professed sci-fi geek gets to shift his gaze toward the far reaches of space as images of the moon and lunar landers glide across a …

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