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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania State Archives and The State Museum of Pennsylvania

 
 
Pennsylvania State Archives and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Pennsylvania State Archives and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Marker
Inscription. Established in 1903, the Pennsylvania State Archives was originally a division of the Pennsylvania State Library which was housed in the Old Executive Office Building (now the Matthew J. Ryan Legislative Office Building) located just south of the Main Capitol Building. There they remained until 1931 when the Library moved to the newly completed Forum Building. Through recognizing that the Archives was not a library per se but the depository of valuable one-of-a-kind records, the Archives was merged in 1945 with the State Museum, also located in the Old Executive Office Building. By the early 1950's, the Capitol Complex was pressed for space resulting in the total clearance of neighborhoods between North and Forster Streets for additional state facilities. This expansion precipitated the widening of Forster Street, from a two-way street, to a major six-lane thoroughfare and accompanying construction of the M. Harvey Taylor Bridge in 1951. Designed by the former Harrisburg architectural firm of Lawrie and Green, the present 12-story State Archives Tower and adjacent State Museum of Pennsylvania Building (originally the William Penn Memorial Museum) were built in 1963. Home to more than 195 million pages of documents and manuscripts, 20,000 reels of microfilm, and over one million special collection items such as photographs, maps and motion
Pennsylvania State Archives image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Pennsylvania State Archives
picture films, the Archives is truly a treasure trove of the nation's and Commonwealth's history. Likewise, the State Museum, offering four floors of exhibits, exquisitely presents the state and nation's heritage through archaeological artifacts, priceless paintings, decorative arts, dioramas, technological innovations and military objects.
Left Photo
Panoramic view c. 1948-50 of the 800 Block of N. Third Street, between North and Forster Streets looking east, where The State Museum of Pennsylvania now stands.
Right Photo
1963 view showing the then-known William Penn memorial Museum under construction.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 15.908′ N, 76° 53.148′ W. Marker was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker was at the intersection of Third Street and North Street, on the left when traveling north on Third Street. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
3. The State Museum of Pennsylvania
The State Museum of Pennsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania State Archives (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Capitol Building (about 500 feet away); Present State Capitol Building (about 500 feet away); Public Sector Unionism (about 500 feet away); Old Brick Capitol (about 500 feet away); Grace United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Grace Methodist Church (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,118 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on , by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017.
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