Spring 2010

Volume XXXVI, Number 2


Executive Director's Letter
Barbara Franco

From The Editor
Michael J. O'Malley III


Wish You Were Here!

A Forgotten Hero of the Civil War
John David Hoptak

John David Hoptak, author of several books and a National Park Service interpretive ranger at Maryland's Antietam National Battlefield, offers a riveting account of how Nicholas Biddle became the "first man to shed blood in the Civil War." An African American living in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Biddle was not, curiously enough, a member of a military unit nor was his wound inflicted during battle. Discover how Biddle earned a niche in American history in "A Forgotten Hero of the Civil War".

The World Through the Eyes of Charles "Teenie" Harris
Ralph Proctor

Our cover story, "The World through the Eyes of Charles 'Teenie' Harris," presents a selection of striking images made by the well-known Pittsburgh photographer during his career of nearly four decades. In his introduction, educator and scholar Ralph Proctor contends that Harris "became an icon himself," and "the youths in Pittsburgh's Black neighborhoods came to recognize 'Mr. Harris' and realized that there was some magic link between this man, his camera, and fame." The majesty and dignity of Harris's portraits of a community between the mid-1930s and the mid-1970s are timeless.

African Americans and Civil Rights in Pennsylvania
Leslie Patrick

The struggle by African Americans against discrimination and oppression is a powerful story that spans several centuries in North America, and contributor Leslie Patrick analyzes the Commonwealth's role in "African Americans and Civil Rights in Pennsylvania." Her fascinating feature looks at the people, places, and events that shaped the fight for civil rights and introduces a number of lesser-known figures who played prominent parts in the unfolding saga. Readers will find many of the facts revealed and anecdotes to be highly surprising.

Trailblazers: Cumberland Willis Posey Sr.
Rachel Jones Williams

Hands-on History: Restoring a Rare Railcar at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Allan C. Martin

Our Documentary Heritage: Hubert Fountleroy Julian
Willis L. Shirk Jr.

Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

PHMC Highlights


Lost and Found

Marking Time: Desegregation of Pennsylvania Schools

Sharing the Common Wealth

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