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What? Meet Ken Frew, author of Building Harrisburg Where? State Library of Pennsylvania, Room 321 Forum Building 607 South Drive, Harrisburg, PA When? July 20 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Written by city native and historian Ken Frew, Building Harrisburg: The Architects and Builders...

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In 2016, the State Library of Pennsylvania has been accepted to partner with public libraries to become part of the MakerEd Corps! Program resources and information will be shared with libraries across the state that wish to participate in STEM programming for the summer of 2016! In...

Iren Snavely

    Most English-speaking people—Americans, Canadians, Britons or Australians—reflexively associate the Bible with the King James Version. So, it might seem odd to most Americans that the first Bible printed in North America was not the “Authorized” King James...

State Library of Pennsylvania Rare Collection Open House Maps! Maps! Maps! Did you know that the State Library has thousands of maps in its collections?  Among the most famous are an edition of the first printed atlas and the very first map of Harrisburg!  Rare Books Librarian...

State Library of Pennsylvania  Pennsylvania Authors Series Lunch and Learn Program Where: Room 321 Forum Building Harrisburg, PA  17120 When: Wednesday April 13th, from 12-1 PM                                                       Dr. William...

The Pennsylvania State Archives, in cooperation with the State Library of Pennsylvania, has digitized a collection of World War I posters and has made them available online. The posters helped to fan the fires of patriotism throughout the United States during the Great War. Read...

Iren Snavely

    Iren L. Snavely, Jr. Rare Books Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania   How to Determine Book Condtion? One of the most common questions people ask-whether bibliophiles or the heirs to family treasures—is what is the condition of my book?  Adjectives such...

Iren Snavely

People living on the Pennsylvania frontier often felt isolated and fearful.  Scotch-Irish and German settlers, excluded from the best farmlands near Philadelphia, worked hard to clear lands and establish new farms and towns west of the Susquehanna.  Although some of Pennsylvania’s...

Travelers, Traders and Tomahawks

What:    Meet John Moore, author of the Frontier Pennsylvania series Where:    State Library of Pennsylvania Law Library, Forum Building, 607 South Drive, Harrisburg, PA When:    December 9th at 12:00 Hear the story of Richard and Catharine Bard, who were captured during...