What's New?

Please check the February program page for info on upcoming programs. The sledding party at Historic Pithole that had to be cancelled last weekend due to lack of snow is back on for tomorrow, Feb. 10 (more info on Facebook).

Pennsbury Manor wished the Philadelphia Eagles well in advance of the Super Bowl (via Facebook)
Go Eagles!! Professional football is not without controversy (I am the master of understatement), but I have enjoyed watching the genuine elation of the Eagles players and fans peaceably celebrating this long-awaited victory. Before the Super Bowl, there were the usual Big Bets between Philadelphia and Boston institutions, including museums (such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the American Revolution Museum and the Massachusetts Historical Society). Some Trails of History sites took to social media to wish the Eagles well and to highlight eagles in their collections (see above and below).

1837 Trade sign with eagle motif from Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum (via Facebook)

In 1943 (their only year of existence), the "Steagles" posted a 5-4-1 record (via America in WWII Facebook page)  
Did you know that in 1943 the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers played as one team? I'm sure some of you did. Because so many were serving in the military during WWII, men's professional sports teams were in need of players. One solution for football, at least for one year, was to combine Pennsylvania's two teams. That meant there were eight professional teams and a full season could be eked out. The result was the Eagles-Steelers, or "Steagles" (read much more in this PennLive article from 2016). UPDATE: a New York Football Giants fan has noted that the Steagles and Giants played twice in 1943, with a cumulative point total of Giants 56, Steagles 42 (but they each won one game). I also learned from some follow-up Googling that in 1944, the Pittsburgh Steelers merged temporarily with the St. Louis (Football) Cardinals and played games as Card-Pitt (or as this New York Times article notes, the "Carpets," because "opponents ran over them.")

Non-football items of interest...

Lancaster's Sunday LNP (newspaper) ran a feature on Feb. 4 spotlighting Railroad Museum of PA director Patrick Morrison. Pat began working at the museum in the late 1990s and was named director in May of last year.

Also in Lancaster, Ephrata Cloister's Winter History Class was included in an article on places to learn new stuff. For details on how you can take part in the class, which continues through March 22, visit Ephrata's website or Facebook page.

Anthracite Heritage Museum director, Dr. Bode Morin, was quoted in a recent Bloomberg article about Scranton's immigration history. The article notes that Scranton ranks #1 among U.S. cities for descendants of Polish, Welsh, and Lithuanian immigrants; #2 for descendants of Russian immigrants; and #3 for descendants of Italian, Slovak, Austrian, and Ukrainian immigrants. Morin is quoted on the shifts in immigration and the persistent mix of ethnic customs (including food) in Scranton today.

Last week, the Flagship Niagara League announced that a second ship will be joining the U.S. Brig Niagara at the Erie Maritime Museum. The schooner Lettie G. Howard is owned by the South Street Seaport Museum (NYC) and will expand sail training opportunities in Erie during this two-year programming collaboration (see FAQ on the website). YourErie.com posted an article on the collaboration as did (thanks Google Alerts) BroadwayWorld.com. Both articles note that 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal, which linked commerce in NYC and the Great Lakes, including Erie.

William Penn Wisdom (via Facebook)
In order to reach teachers directly, Pennsbury Manor has started a dedicated Facebook page, Pennsbury Manor for Educators. This provides streamlined info on education programs and other offerings (including programs from other area organizations) to help teachers connect with Pennsbury Manor and William Penn beyond their field trip. The page is also designed to be a resource for teachers who can't physically visit the site.

On This Day in History - February 9

Settle in folks, we're going to be baseball-themed for a while...


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