Fall 2008

Volume XXXIV, Number 4


Executive Director's Letter
Barbara Franco

From the Editor
Michael J. O'Malley III


Wish You Were Here!

Laughing with Philadelphia Stooge Larry Fine
William C. Kashatus

Since the days of vaudeville, The Three Stooges continue to entertain the world long after their passing. A legacy of live performances and more than two hundred short and feature-length films have spanned generations. The story of Philadelphia native and "Stooge in the Middle" Larry Fine is told with rare photographs, courtesy of The Stoogeum, a museum dedicated to the trio. Author William C. Kashatus reveals how Larry Fine endured a horrible and painful childhood accident to become a prodigy violinist at the age nine. He then leveraged his vaudeville talents to become an icon of American mass culture.

Built by the New Deal
Michael J. O'Malley III

One of the greatest architectural achievements in Pennsylvania's history, financed by the Public Works Administration under the New Deal, took place during the Great Depression. With archival images and new color photos by staff photographers, these magnificent buildings, designed by some of the country's greatest architects, artists, sculptors, and even philosophers, are detailed expertly by magazine editor and author Michael J. O'Malley III. Great edifices in Harrisburg's Capitol complex, and elsewhere, still stand, not only to be admired and provide public services, but as a testimony that Pennsylvania's citizens would not be defeated by the worst economic crisis in history.

Black Settlement on Yellow Hill
Alisha Sanders, Debra McCauslin

For decades prior to the climatic Battle of Gettysburg, African Americans found refuge in Yellow Hill, a nearby peaceful hamlet of farmers, laborers, and crafts persons in Adams County. In 1863, with the Confederates converging on Gettysburg, African Americans justifiably feared capture and being bonded back into slavery. Yellow Hill offered a peaceful sanctuary. Most traces of Yellow Hill are gone and only one tombstone from its cemetery, that of an infant child, survived time and vandals. Yellow Hill and the story of its African American Civil War veterans might have been forgotten if not for the research of scholar Debra McCauslin and co-author Alisha Saunders, a direct descendant of the first Yellow Hill property owner.

Hands-On History: Advanced Technology "Rubs" the Ancient Past
Kurt W. Carr, Paul A. Nevin

Our Documentary Heritage
Willis L. Shirk Jr.

Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

PHMC Highlights


Marking Time: Rural Electrification

Year in Review

Sharing the Common Wealth

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