PHMC Highlights

Here are a few of the PHMC Highlights that appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of PA Heritage magazine, as well as some extras that didn't fit in this issue.

Farmshow 2010

Curator Janet Johnson speaks with attendant at 2010 Farmshow.

Photo by Bonnie Wilkinson-Mark

2009 Then & Now Timeline of Military Uniforms and Equipment

1st Pennsylvania Provincial Chris Witmer of Mohnton, 2nd Class Petty Officer (and museum educator) Joe Horvath of State College and Lieb Regiment Hessian Ed Manning of Lake Ariel prepare for the fashion show at the annual Fall 2009 "Then & Now Timeline of Military Uniforms and Equipment" held on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County. Photo by Alyssa Horvath.

Railroad Museum at the Governor's Mansion

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania annually assembles an operating train layout for the Governor's Residence during the winter holidays. The photo with Governor Rendell in the center includes Railroad Museum security chief Dennis Keperling (left) and educator Troy Grubb (right).

Below is a thank you letter from Judge Marjorie O. Rendell.

January 25, 2010

Dear Deborah,

The Governor and I would like to thank you and the staff at the Railroad Museum for the time you spent in designing and installing the delightful train display around the Children's Tree. The Polar Express was a wonderful choice to echo the theme of "Believe" throughout the State Rooms and we were pleased to notice a few familiar favorites return as well.

I would like to extend a special thank you to you, Troy, and Dennis for spending the entire afternoon with us on the day of the Open House.; The coloring sheets were a huge hit with the children and who wouldn't be thrilled to have their Polar Express ticket punched by a real conductor?

We look forward to working with you again in the 2010 holiday season. Please accept our best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!


Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Photograph by Alex Bellotti, Commonwealth Media Services

"Yellowhill" Bookstore Presentation

The Pennsylvania Bookstore held a free presentation by Deborah Sandoe McCauslin on "Discovering Forgotten History: The Lost Community at Yellow Hill" on January 13. Above are pictures (from left to right): Mel Reid (US Colored Troops reenactor), Kim Stone (Pennsylvania Heritage art director), Deborah Sandoe McCaulsin (author) and Michael J. O'Malley III (Pennsylvania Heritage editor)

First ever Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2009 ceremony

A color guard from the Marine Corps League Detachment 302 and rifle squad from American Legion Post 245 participate in the first ever Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2009 ceremony held beneath the guns of the battleship U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County. The PENNSYLVANIA, commissioned in 1916, was at Pearl on that fateful day, December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked the American fleet. She survived several aerial attacks during the battle and went on to serve with distinction in the Pacific Fleet.

Photo by Jason Cressman

54th Mass. Infantry Regiment, US Colored Troops Marker in Mercersburg

Participants, from left to right: John Bloom, Chris Frisby, and Howard Lambert (in period uniform), unveiled the 54th Mass. Infantry Regiment, US Colored Troops marker in Mercersburg on November 7, 2009. The marker reads: "Mercersburg contributed the third highest per capita recruitment to the 54th Mass. Regiment - the most famous African American unit of the Civil War. It was second only to Philadelphia in PA in volunteers."


The Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) staff participated in this year's GIS day which took place at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) midtown campus. GIS day is a nationwide initiative aimed at educating the public about the wide range of uses for Geographic Information Systems (GIS).