Summer 2007

Volume XXXIII, Number 3


From the Editor
Michael J. O'Malley III

Executive Director's Letter
Barbara Franco


Out and About

Into the Woods: The Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club
Louis M. Waddell

A longtime historian, author, and associate editor of Pennsylvania Heritage, Louis M. Waddell has parlayed his knowledge and lifelong association with Dr. Ted W. Cart, Blooming Grove's historian, to write Into the Woods: The Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club. The club made important contributions to conservation, among them the raising and stocking of native species of fish, a fish hatchery that still operates today, propagation of deer, preservation of natural habitats for indigenous wildlife, and the protection of forests, flora, and fauna, long before government regulations attempted to do the same. The club has survived world wars, economic panics and the Great Depression, the rise of federal and state regulations, the outlawing of Sunday hunting, and disastrous fires that destroyed three clubhouses.

Philadelphia's Sainted Katharine Drexel: Mother and Servant of the Indian and Negro Races
William C. Kashatus

Regular contributor and author William C. Kashatus writes another intriguing chronicle, this time about Philadelphia's Katharine M. Drexel. Daughter of Francis A. Drexel, once a partner with the formidable financier J. P. Morgan, Katharine Drexel dedicated her life to making better the lives of Indians and blacks. Living on forty-one cents a day, her multimillion-dollar inheritance funded hundreds of missions, schools, orphanages, educational centers, and a university for the disadvantaged - long before such causes became popular. Miracles attributed to Drexel led to her canonization as a saint in 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

Following in the Footsteps of Isaac Lea's Historic Footprints
Spencer G. Lucas, David L. Fillmore, Edward L. Simpson, Robert M. Sullivan

Isaac Lea (1792–1886) was a Renaissance Man in the purest sense of the term—an amateur scientist who is remembered for his research on freshwater clams, or malacology. He also made important contributions to mineralogy and paleontology, including his greatest discovery at Mount Carbon, Schuylkill County, in 1849 when he identified fossil footprints. Lea's discovery - as well as the controversy it ignited - is part of an exciting saga in Following in the Footsteps of Isaac Lea's Historic Footprints. Four internationally renowned researchers and experts in the fields of paleontology, geology, and physical science, collaborated to write this interesting and detailed account of Lea.

Profile: Elizabeth Langstroth Drexel Smith (1855-1890) and Louise Bouvier Drexel Morrell (1863-1945)

A Place in Time

PHMC Highlights

Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Our Documentary Heritage
Willis L. Shirk Jr.


Wish You Were Here!

Marking Time: St. Patrick's Church

Sharing the Common Wealth

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