Summer 2008

Volume XXXIV, Number 3


Executive Director's Letter
Barbara Franco

From the Editor
Michael J. O'Malley III


Profile: James A. Finnegan (1906-1958)

The Barrymores of Philadelphia: America's Royal Family of the Theatre
Jim McClelland

We look back at America's, and Philadelphia's, most famous theatrical families - the Barrymores and the Drews. Take a backstage look at the lives of Ethel, Lionel, and John Barrymore and how their legacy impacted our culture and is very much alive today.

Christy Mathewson: Baseball's Gentleman and Tragic Hero
William C. Kashatus

Summer is certainly a time to talk about baseball history. At the turn of the twentieth century, baseball was dominated by rogues and ruffians. One man from Pennsylvania, Christy Mathewson, dubbed by the press as "The Christian Gentleman," changed the way we look at the game and is argued by some to be the greatest pitcher of all time. Learn how war turned his life tragic.

The Architect, The Icon, and The Artist: Welcome to a Visual Celebration of Vision

Visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania were fortunate to witness the debut of a special art exhibit by Spanish artist Felix de la Concha. De la Concha spent more than a year painting breathtaking views of Fallingwater from all angles and in all seasons. Even though the exhibit is gone, you will have an exclusive tour at some of the finished canvases in which you will almost believe you are sitting inside Fallingwater.

Wish You Were Here!

Rediscovering the People's Art: New Deal Murals in Pennsylvania's Post Offices
David Lembeck, Photography by Michael Mutmansky

You'll also "Rediscover the People's Art" as we take an art tour of Pennsylvania post office buildings - not to appreciate architecture, but to see colorful murals, sculptures, and engravings created during the Great Depression as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. This art can still be appreciated in Pennsylvania's post offices, as well as within the current issue in a colorful collection by photographer Michael Mutmansky.

Destination: Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park

Our Documentary Heritage
Willis L. Shirk Jr.

Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

PHMC Highlights


Lost and Found

Marking Time: Civilian Conservation Corps

Sharing the Common Wealth

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