Winter 2010

Volume XXXVI, Number 1


Executive Director's Letter
Barbara Franco

From the Editor
Michael J. O'Malley III

A Trio of Philadelphia Maritime Painters
Jim McClelland

James Hamilton, George R. Bonfield, and Franklin Dullin Briscoe were three remarkable nineteenth-century painters who capitalized on Philadelphia's role as a port city and catered to a rising class of individuals who made their fortunes in maritime commerce. Their paintings-dramatic, often ethereal and, at times, haunting-not only captured the glory of tall ships departing harbors for open waters, but they also depicted stormy seas and shipwrecks. They found the sea to be an inescapable suitor that mesmerized them with its majesty and magnificence. Regular contributor Jim McClelland's feature shows how these artists-long neglected by art historians-recorded for posterity the mighty vessels that once ruled the oceans.

"With a Woman's Instinct": Mira Lloyd Dock, The Mother of Forestry in Pennsylvania
Bill McShane

Like Hamilton, Bonfield, and Briscoe, Mira Lloyd Dock, too, was intensely interested in the world around her and worked tirelessly at preserving it for both its natural beauty and economic value. Author Bill McShane, a recent PHMC intern, reveals the ways she advocated prudent conservation measures-as well as understood the economic consequences of such stewardship-that put her on par with leading conservationists of her day, including Gifford Pinchot, J. Horace McFarland, and Joseph Trimble Rothrock. Although the Great Depression reduced her circumstances and she was unable to contribute financially to the cause as she once had, she continued to rail against the wholesale destruction of wildlands, which she saw as outright desecration.

Pennsylvania's War Governor
William C. Kashatus

Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin loved both his state and nation-so much so that he gave up his well-being for the preservation of the Commonwealth and the Union. William C. Kashatus, a longtime contributor to Pennsylvania Heritage, documents Curtin's dogged determination to protect the Union at all costs, even if it left him a broken man. His allegiance to Abraham Lincoln was unparalleled, and he was the first to respond to the president's call for troops to protect the nation's capital in 1861. But he paid dearly for his loyalty; after years of public service, he returned home to Bellefonte, fragile and fatigued.

Trailblazers: Innovative African Americans in Pennsylvania History

Investing in Our Past: Chester Waterside Station, Chester, Delaware County
Bonnie Wilkinson Mark

Our Documentary Heritage
Willis L. Shirk Jr

Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

PHMC Highlights


Wish You Were Here!

Marking Time: Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931)

Sharing the Common Wealth: Charles Edgar Patience

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