The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War presents Pennsylvania with an extraordinary opportunity to engage people of all ages in an encompassing educational experience, a journey through which they can discover the war's relevance and importance to today's and tomorrow's world. One overarching and enduring theme provides the framework for the commemoration: The Civil War fundamentally changed the United States, redefining our ongoing struggle for equality and justice and our identity as a nation. The war radically altered assumptions and aspirations in ways that continue to affect us today. The legacy of the Civil War is not over; its impact continues.
Theme website: Pennsylvania Civil War 150
2007 Uncovering Links to Our Past: Archaeology in Pennsylvania
2008 The New Deal in Pennsylvania: Celebrating 75 Years
2009 Energy: Innovation and Impact
2010 Black History in Pennsylvania: Communities in Common
2011 William Penn's Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity
2012 The Land of Penn and Plenty: Bringing History to the Table
2013 Pennsylvania and the American Civil War (also Historical Commission Anniversary)
2014 Pennsylvania and the American Civil War
2015 Mid-Century Modernism in Pennsylvania
2016 Civil Rights
[Themes are subject to change]
If you are interested in partnering with the PHMC on any of these themes, please contact Howard Pollman at firstname.lastname@example.org.