Spring 2007

Volume XXXIII, Number 2


Executive Director's Letter
Barbara Franco


Our Documentary Heritage

Hummelstown Brownstone: A Victorian Era Treasure
Ben F. Olena

In Hummelstown Brownstone: A Victorian Era Treasure, author Ben F. Olena devoted years of research to place the company, the industry, and the stone's related architecture into context for today's readers. The author traces the preparation of the material at the Hummelstown quarries; discusses what life was like for the company's employees; and identifies important buildings and structures throughout the Commonwealth built with Hummelstown brownstone.

Frank Rizzo: Philadelphia's Tough Cop Turned Mayor
William C. Kashatus

William C. Kashatus paints a gritty portrait of Philadelphia's controversial and contentious mayor in his feature article, Frank Rizzo: Philadelphia's Tough Cop Turned Mayor. Kashatus chronicles Rizzo's rise from city police officer, through his position as police commissioner, and to his mayoral years. Throughout his political career, Rizzo never failed to garner national headlines. A staunch "law and order" city leader, he did not hesitate to use force when he believed it necessary, earning him respect from advocates of cracking down on criminals and loathing by those who thought Rizzo went too far. Kashatus includes a colorful cast of real-life characters - restaurateur Frank Palumbo, mob boss Angelo Bruno, exotic dancer Blaze Starr, and the political alliance of Democrat Rizzo with Republican Richard Nixon.

From Manayunk to the Metropolitan: Philadelphia's Martino Family of Artists
James McClelland

Ask any art enthusiast to name a dynasty of American artists, and several arise, most notably the Pennsylvania families of the Peales and the Wyeths. In From Manayunk to the Metropolitan: Philadelphia's Martino Family of Artists, author James McClelland adds the Martinos to the roster. The Martino family dynasty began with the creation of the Martino Studios in Philadelphia by brothers Antonio, Alberto, Ernesto, Giovanni, William, and Edmundo Martino. The author interviewed Martino family descendents and mined private family archives to chronicle the fascinating family of talented artists who, through their paintings, captured the spirit and the character of Philadelphia area communities and neighborhoods.

Hands-On History: The Pennsylvania Civil War Muster Rolls Project

Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Out and About

PHMC Highlights

Profile: Burrhus Frederic Skinner (1904-1990)


Wish You Were Here!

Marking Time: Hummelstown Brownstone Quarries

Sharing the Common Wealth

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