The local Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which runs from July 25 to July 28, consciously draws on the city’s key role in prior American political events in using the tagline “Lets Make History Again” as part of its marketing campaign. DNC week also offers a chance for both conventioneers and the general public to learn about American political history through a series of seven exhibits around Philadelphia collectively called PoliticalFest, which run from July 22 to July 27.
By Curtis Miner, Senior History Curator at State Museum of Pennsylvania
When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in October 1940 as the first limited access “super highway” in the country, there was the sense that history was unfolding, even if its implications for how Americans might travel in the future could only be glimpsed faintly, if at all.
The press corps of the day declared it to be a “dream highway“ and America’s answer to the German Autobahn. The thousands of motorists who descended on it during its first weekend of operation, many having waited in line for hours for a chance to ride the “magic carpet” across the Alleghenies, seemed to agree. Though there were other long distance roadways then in existence, including national routes such as the Lincoln Highway, none offered the speed, convenience and safety of the new 160-mile stretch that crossed the Allegheny Mountains connecting Harrisburg to Pittsburgh.
On November 17, 2015, Whitney M. Donhauser was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the museum.
In 1915, the Justice Bell, also known as the Women’s Liberty Bell, embarked on a historic tour of Pennsylvania, making this year the 100th anniversary.
Rutgers will celebrate this special anniversary with a yearlong program of events beginning this November.
While three major Mid-Atlantic cities (Washington, New York, and Philadelphia) hosted this month’s historic visit of Pope Francis, his first to the United States, museums in Philadelphia had the additional incentive of the World Meeting of Families Congress to develop religious exhibits to coincide with his arrival.
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Professors at Rutgers-Camden and Towson University collaborated to curate an exhibit of contemporary Israeli art, now on display at the Stedman Gallery until December 17.