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Explore museums, historical sites and cultural events by watching It’s History!. This weekly program provides a guided tour through the preservation efforts of local historical societies and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Sites from the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh to the Museum and Visitors Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park to the Wrightsville Historical Museum have been featured.
(VIDEO)PCN visits Drake Well Museum, in Titusville, PA! The site of the birth of the petroleum industry. This is the site whre, in 1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well. The Drake Well Museum tells the story of the beginning of the modern oil industry thru the modern era. Exhibits demonstrate how oil was drilled, and the different methods of drilling for oil, as well as the many obstacles that the industry had to overcome.
In 1875, John Wanamaker purchased the Pennsylvania Railroad freight station, located at the corner of Thirteenth and Market Streets and created his “Grand Depot.” In 1909 he purchased an organ that was used during the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and had it installed in his Philadelphia store. The organ, which has continued to grow over the years, is still used today and is a National Historical Landmark.
(VIDEO)Wheatland was the treasured home and retreat for President James Buchanan for 20 years. Located in Lancaster County, this mansion served as his Democratic headquarters during the 1856 presidential campaign, and where he gave his first campaign address to the townspeople on the front lawn. President Buchanan retired to Wheatland in 1861, stating he enjoyed “the comforts and tranquility of home.” Today, visitors can tour the home and the visitors center complete with a short film, memorabilia and personal artifacts of the President’s legacy
(VIDEO) Fort Ligonier is a reconstructed and restored French and Indian War fort, used from 1758 to 1766. It served as a post of passage to the new Fort Pitt, and during Pontiac’s War of 1763, it was a vital link in the British communication and supply lines. Today, the original site of Fort Ligonier has been preserved with above-ground elements reconstructed, and complete with a museum to educate visitors about this historic ground.
(VIDEO) The Seminary Ridge Museum is the newest addition to historic preservation and educational programming of the Battle of Gettysburg. Explore the museums interactive exhibit galleries that interpret the pivotal first day of the battle on Seminary Ridge, the care of the wounded during its use as a Civil War field hospital, and the civic and moral debates of the Civil War era.