Pennsylvania...raw and bearing everything nature gave her.
How did the military cope with toilet paper shortages during World War II?
Why Should the Historical Record Be Fuller?
There are real consequences to bad history. Archivists can help you with that.
Traveling Medicine Shows Were Exciting and Unapologetic Cons
Traveling medicine shows belong on stage with the best con artists of history.
What is a Yeggman?
This archaic term for a safe cracker reveals a hidden world of burglars living on the fringes of society.
Quotable Pennsylvania: Forests
In Pennsylvania, the woods are everything.
Adriana Brinckle: A Victim of Respectability
A woman's tell-all story after being wrongfully imprisoned in an asylum for 28 years.
Women Made the Breadbasket of Democracy
Short on manpower? No problem!
Quotable Pennsylvania: Early European Immigrants
These immigrant's initial takes on Pennsylvania helped encourage more settlers...mostly.
P.T. Barnum and the Frozen Church
The infamous showman spent many frigid Sundays in a chilly pew.
Quotable Pennsylvania: State Institutions
Where have the corridors of Pennsylvania’s state institutions led its citizens?
Finding the Memory Carriers
An assortment of questions and answers to the great archives issue: how to make the record more complete?
“Drove so Hard he Broke his Heart”: John Henry and Workplace Speed
You sang the song slowly, you worked slowly, you guarded your life, or you died.
Quotable Pennsylvania: Government and Politics
What does history think of Pennsylvania's politics? Serious answers only.
Book Review: From Asylum to Prison (Anne Parsons)
A fascinating investigation of the links between Pennsylvania's asylum network and modern prison system.