An exciting new exhibit honoring Pennsylvania's role in the Civil War will soon be open at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. "Objects of Valor: Commemorating the Civil War in Pennsylvania," opens Friday, April 19, with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Featuring artifacts from the museum's permanent collections, the centerpiece of the exhibit is Peter F. Rothermel's epic narrative painting "Battle of Gettysburg: Pickett's Charge." The painting depicts the Union's successful defense of General George Pickett's charge on the third day of the battle.
The gallery also offers visitors an opportunity to see some Civil War objects not seen in decades. They include:
• A chair from General George Gordon Meade's Gettysburg headquarters
• A musket used by 69-year-old civilian John Burns who joined Union forces to defend the North
• Battlefield shot and shell
Read more about Objects of Valor:
New Civil War Exhibit Opens in Time for Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary (PDF)
The State Museum Commemorates the Civil War
The County Records Committee has approved revisions and additions to the County Records Manual. If you are maintaining the manual in electronic form, download the updated County Records Manual (PDF) and delete the old file. If you prefer to maintain a hard copy of the manual, visit the County Records Manual page to download and print individual chapters.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has awarded $1,053,880 in general operating support grants for qualifying museums with annual operating budgets of more than $500,000. This one-year program uses funds placed in PHMC's operating budget by the state legislature during the 2012-13 budget process. It is restricted for this purpose only. This is a one-time allocation and is not affiliated with the PHMC's Museum Assistance Grant program. Read the General Operating Support Grants press release (PDF) for more information and a list of recipients.
During the past year, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has been hard at work developing a strategic plan for 2012-2015. Read the PHMC Strategic Plan 2012-2015 and find out about the steps we're taking to achieve our Vision for 2020.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) released the official statewide historic preservation plan for 2012 through 2017. Entitled "Building Better Communities: The Preservation of Place in Pennsylvania," the comprehensive plan defines the role of historic preservation in revitalizing Pennsylvania communities.
Statewide preservation planning is one of the responsibilities required of the commonwealth's State Historic Preservation Office under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Pennsylvania History Code. This effort is overseen by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, which reviews and approves all state preservation plans. This plan represents more than two years of public input that included a Community Preservation Values Survey, eight regional public forums, five partner workshops facilitated by PHMC staff across the state and additional participation by PHMC's state agency partners.
PHMC has awarded $500,000 in Keystone Historic Preservation grants to help historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments in 15 counties. The commission awarded 25 grants selected from 86 eligible applications. Grant amounts, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, require a 50/50 cash match. PHMC awarded grants through a competitive selection process. Read the Keystone Historic Preservation Grants press release (PDF)
PHMC launched a mobile-friendly website to make it easier to find and explore nearby state-owned historic sites and museums. The site automatically recognizes smartphones and other mobile devices, allowing users to explore nearby historic attractions along the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. To view the website, visit PATrailsofHistory.com on a mobile device.