Pennsylvania Archives Month October 2012


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Pennsylvania Archives Month October 2012

  1. 1. PennsylvaniaOctober 2012 Archives Month RG–31 Records of the Department of Commerce Bureau of Vacation and Travel Development, Black and White Photograph file: Vegetables— Mushrooms ready for the market. bringing RG–31 Records of the Department of history Commerce Bureau of Vacation and Travel Development, Black and White to the table Photograph file: Vegetables—Apple blossoms. ® RG–1 Records of the Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture, Press Office Photographs, 1890–2003: Vegetables—Cabbage.
  2. 2. Pennsylvania Archives Month 2012 Bringing History to the Table MG–213 Postcard Collection, County File, Allegheny:T Strawberry Day at the “Home of the 57,” Pittsburgh, Pa. The Heinz Company known globally today began as Heinz and Noble in 1869 in Pittsburgh. he Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has adopted “The Land of Penn and Plenty: BringingHistory to the Table” as its 2012 theme.The Pennsylvania State Archives imagesfeatured on this poster reflect Pennsylvania’sagricultural and culinary heritage. Since its founding in 1681 byWilliam Penn (1644–1718), Pennsylvania has been universallyacknowledged for its abundance of rich soil, game, fish, and fowl,a bountiful legacy that spawned culinary traditions over the pastthree centuries. This legacy has been made more expansive by RG–1 Records ofthe diverse individuals Penn welcomed to his colony, all of whom the Departmentbrought distinctive culinary customs from their native countries of Agriculture, Secretary ofthat have created an unusual mosaic made up of both regional Agriculture,and ethnic tastes and foodways. Press Office Pennsylvania’s culinary landscape continues to evolve with Photographs,new arriving immigrants. From the earliest Swedish, English, 1890–2003: Potatoes.and German pioneers to following Irish, Scots, African, Eastern,Southern and Central European, and Italian settlers, and laterAsians and Latinos during mid- to late twentieth century,Pennsylvania is truly a “melting pot” of nationalities and theirculinary experiences. As we look back through time to assess theimpact of food on our history and heritage, we must also lookto today and forward to the future. Food sustains our economy;agriculture is the commonwealth’s largest industry. Pennsylvaniais home to farms, orchards, farmers markets, hatcheries and RG–1 Records of thefisheries, grain mills, breweries, canneries, vineyards, butchers, Department of Agriculture,processors, factories, and bakeries that produce a number of Secretary of Agriculture,time-honored staples as well as new and unusual foods made Press Office Photographs, 1890–2003: Insects, Bees,possible by innovative technologies. In addition, we respect our Honey.longstanding tradition of “farm to table,” which provides healthyPennsylvania-grown produce and locally-made foodstuffs for ourfamilies. PHMC’s 2012 theme “The Land of Penn and Plenty: BringingHistory to the Table” invites all residents and visitors to sampleand share the richness and diversity that Pennsylvania offers.Bring your collections to thetable this Archives Month!● Feature an exhibit of significantly themed images, documents, RG–1 Records of the Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture, stories, etc. Press Office Photographs, 1890–2003:● Create a finding aid/guide or organize a compilation of a 1955 Farm Show Milk Exhibit. valuable collection.● Highlight an influential collection or individual in your newsletter.● Recruit an intern or volunteer to make a relevant collection more accessible to researchers.● Purchase long-term preservation and storage supplies.● Hold a collection day, or circulate press releases requesting oral histories, memorabilia, and other items. RG–31 Records of the Department● Conduct an oral history interview or transcribe existing audio. of Commerce, Bureau of Vacation and Travel Development: Black● Host a speaker to discuss a relevant topic. and White Photograph file:● Volunteer your organization as a resource for students Fishing—Fifteen pound trout, preparing National History Day projects. Dauphin County.● Host a PHMC Archives Without Tears training workshop.For information about Archives Without Tears, the State Archives’ THE LAND OFinexpensive two-day archival workshop, please contact Josh PENN &Stahlman at or visit: telephone (717) 772-3257. PLENTY Bringing History to the Table