New Pennsylvania Historical Markers Include Native American Archeological Sites in Lancaster and a Masonic Temple in Philadelphia Among Others

PA historical and museum commission approves 35 new state historical


Apr 09, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Historical Museum

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Masonic temple in
 Philadelphia and several Native American archeological sites in Lancaster
 are among the new state historical markers to be added to the nearly 2,200
 familiar signs that dot roads and streets across Pennsylvania.
     The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) approved 35
 new historical markers today. The new blue markers tell the story of events
 -- like strikes in cotton factories -- to pivotal advances in cancer
 research, the first chief justice of Pennsylvania and the man who invented
 the process for making individually wrapped cheese slices.
     "State historical markers serve to inform people of the fascinating
 history of our state," said PHMC Chairman Wayne Spilove. "Travelers seek
 out the markers and often use them as an opportunity to learn more about
 the subjects they tell about."
     The bronze plaques are nominated by the general public and approved by
 the PHMC on an annual basis. Once approved, local communities plan public
 ceremonies to unveil the markers. A total of 96 markers were nominated in
     For more information about the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program,
 visit PHMC's website at The Pennsylvania
 Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the
 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
     EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list of the newly approved state
 historical markers.
     Allegheny Cotton     Strikes at six cotton factories    Allegheny
     Mill Strikes         led to improved working
     Crystal Eastman &    Pioneering workplace study led to  Allegheny
     Industrial Safety    workers' compensation laws.
     Lewis and Clark      Local workmen built the keelboat   Allegheny
     Expedition "Corps    critical for the transcontinental
     of Discovery"        voyage.
     Pittsburgh Platform  A defining document of American    Allegheny
                          Reform Judaism.
     Wallace Stevens      Major American poet who won the    Berks
                          Pulitzer Prize in 1955.
     Richboro Nike        Missile base built to protect      Bucks
     Missile Base PH-07   Philadelphia from Soviet attack.
     UMWA Central PA      Meeting promoted labor solidarity  Cambria
     Labor Chautauqua     and education for mine workers.
     John and Hannah Cox  Influential abolitionists.         Chester
     Lightfoot Mill       18th century water-powered grain   Chester
     (Mill at Anselma)    mill.
     A. W. Tozer          Nationally known theologian.       Clearfield
     Arnold Norman        Inventor of apparatus to make      Clearfield
     Nawrocki             individually wrapped cheese
     Dickson Tavern       Built in 1815 for Capt. John       Erie
     Dr. Paul Allman      Formulated the "Wind Chill         Erie
     Siple                Factor."
     Harry Kellar         Celebrated magician of the Gilded  Erie
     Dr. Robert Mitchell  Abolitionist who harbored fugitive Indiana
     & 1845 Fugitive      slaves.
     Slave Kidnappings
     John Durang          Early American actor.              Lancaster
     Washington Boro      Location of large number of Native Lancaster
     Native American      American archaeological sites.
     Archaeological Site
     Planter's Peanuts    International nut company started  Luzerne
                          in Wilkes-Barre.
     A. Mitchell Palmer   U.S. Congressman and President     Monroe
                          Wilson's Attorney General.
     Shawnee-Minisink     Site with early evidence of human  Monroe
     Archaeological Site  occupation.
     Lafayette College    College established in 1824.       Northampton
     Dr. Abraham Simon    Established the Rosenbach Museum & Philadelphia
     Wolf Rosenbach       Library.
     Ebenezer Maxwell     Saved by early local historic      Philadelphia
     Mansion              preservation efforts.
     Masonic Temple,      National Historic Landmark.        Philadelphia
     Morris Milgram &     Early example of a planned         Philadelphia
     Greenbelt Knoll      integrated suburban housing
     Philadelphia General Site of pivotal advances in cancer Philadelphia
     Hospital             research and treatment.
     Ralph Modjeski       Supervised the design of Benjamin  Philadelphia
                          Franklin Bridge.
     Walnut Lane Bridge   Largest concrete arch bridge in    Philadelphia
                          the world when completed in 1908.
     William Allen        First Chief Justice of             Philadelphia
                          Pennsylvania and founder of
                          University of Pennsylvania.
     Wistar Institute of  The oldest independent biomedical  Philadelphia
     Biology              research institution in the
     Hotel Fauchere       Established in 1852 by Delmonico's Pike
                          chef Louis Fauchere, this hotel
                          played role in tourism in the
     Mahanoy Plane        Engineering marvel for             Schuylkill
     Inclined Plane       transporting coal.
     Charles Lockhart     Merged his company to create       Venango
                          Standard Oil.
     John Franklin Carll  One of the world's first petroleum Venango
     Seneca Crossing      An ancient path created by Native  Warren
     CONTACT:  Jane Crawford
               (717) 783-9882

SOURCE Pennsylvania Historical Museum