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
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 2006. For more information about the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program, visit PHMC's website at http://www.phmc.state.pa.us. 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 conditions. 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 slices. Dickson Tavern Built in 1815 for Capt. John Erie Dickson. Dr. Paul Allman Formulated the "Wind Chill Erie Siple Factor." Harry Kellar Celebrated magician of the Gilded Erie Age. 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 Founding 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 Philadelphia Morris Milgram & Early example of a planned Philadelphia Greenbelt Knoll integrated suburban housing development. 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 nation. Hotel Fauchere Established in 1852 by Delmonico's Pike chef Louis Fauchere, this hotel played role in tourism in the Poconos. Mahanoy Plane Engineering marvel for Schuylkill Inclined Plane transporting coal. Railroad Charles Lockhart Merged his company to create Venango Standard Oil. John Franklin Carll One of the world's first petroleum Venango geologists. Seneca Crossing An ancient path created by Native Warren Americans. CONTACT: Jane Crawford (717) 783-9882
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