Spring 2011

Volume XXXVII, Number 2


Executive Director's Letter
Barbara Franco

From the Editor
Michael J. O'Malley III


Wish You Were Here!

Willliam Penn's Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity
William C. Kashatus

In "William Penn's Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity," regular contributor William C. Kashatus explores the founder's vision for his beloved colony and how it influenced religious toleration over the course of more than three centuries. The religious and spiritual diversity he encouraged became the commonwealth's defining characteristic since he began welcoming settlers who had suffered because of restrictions on their beliefs. This article is illustrated with a number of objects from the Penn Treaty Collection, given to The State Museum of Pennsylvania by the late Vivian O. and Meyer P. Potamkin of Philadelphia.

Sacred Places in Pennsylvania: Signs of Religious Freedom and Diversity
Robert Jaeger

Robert Jaeger, a cofounder and executive director of Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia, takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the Keystone State's many denominations and the ecclesial edifices they built. In this feature, you'll discover a number of religious landmarks—from a simple eighteenth-century Quaker log meetinghouse in northcentral Pennsylvania to a Hindu temple in the western part of the commonwealth. Aptly titled "Sacred Places in Pennsylvania: Signs of Religious Freedom and Diversity," the article also discusses the architects, such as Henry Hobson Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright, who gifted the state with religious landmarks.

Our First Friends, the Early Quakers
Rae Tyson

Upon his arrival in 1681, William Penn stopped at Chester to meet with fellow Quakers and worship at a local Friends Meeting. Even before his arrival, though, members of the Religious Society of Friends had settled in the province. Rae Tyson's "Our First Friends, The Early Quakers," chronicles the arrival and the rise and fall of the influence of Friends in politics and society. His feature is liberally illustrated with photographs of historic meetinghouses, as well as works of art documenting the role early Quakers played in Pennsylvania.

Religion and Tourism: On the Road in Search of William Penn's Holy Experiment
John Fea

"Religion and Tourism: On the Road in Search of William Penn's Holy Experiment" by John Fea takes a look at several congregations in three central Pennsylvania communities and reveals their impact and influence on generations of residents. The article visits Carlisle's 1757 First Presbyterian Church where President George Washington worshipped in 1794, Gettysburg's Lutheran Theological Seminary which was used by both the Union and Confederate armies during the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, and Paxton Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, the oldest Presbyterian Church in continuous use in Pennsylvania.

History Works: Jeffrey B. Johnson, A Connoisseur of Color

Our Documentary Heritage
Willis L. Shirk Jr.

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2010 PHMC Photography Contest Winners


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Marking Time: Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916)

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