National Pennsylvania Day on July 20th recognizes the second state to join the Union. Once the home of the temporary capital of the United States in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State. While the source of the nickname has been forgotten, the meaning is not lost. Bridge builders know leaving the vital keystone out of their structure would be folly, leading to collapse.

Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State Hardcover – May 28, 2016

by Michael P. Gadomski  (Photographer
Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State

by Michael P. Gadomski  (Photographer

Keystone State

Pennsylvania played many roles that could be considered keystones. To begin with, its vote for independence split between eight delegates. Because of this, the split played a vital role in deciding to move toward independence and cementing the union of the newly formed country.

Throughout military operations, Pennsylvania provided forces to support the cause. In fact, Valley Forge tells the story of leadership and sacrifice of a young, developing army and citizenry.

As we know, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in Philadelphia during its tenure as the temporary capital. It was geographically centered among the 13 original colonies.

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth 1st Edition

by Randall M. Miller (Editor), William A. Pencak (Editor)
Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth 1st Edition

by Randall M. Miller (Editor), William A. Pencak (Editor)

Pennsylvania Flavor

We can eat our way through history, too! To understand Pennsylvania’s flavor profile. We start in Lancaster County, which is the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch country. German and Swiss immigrants brought with them a wide range of hearty recipes that they incorporated into the fresh ingredients available in Pennsylvania countryside. From pork and sauerkraut, to pot pies and scrapple, these dishes filled the tables with the bounty of the land.

The Philadelphia Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes From The City of Brotherly Love Kindle Edition

by Adam Erace (Author), April White  (Author) 
The Philadelphia Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From The City of Brotherly Love Kindle Edition

by Adam Erace (Author), April White  (Author) 

Much of more of the sweeter side of Pennsylvania, Dutch flavor finds its way into restaurants than the savory flavored foods. For example, the whoopie pie, shoofly, and funnel cake are tourist and fair favorites found everywhere. Unfortunately, the home-cooked seasoning of chicken corn chowder or stuffed cabbage rolls are often not found in a restaurant.

Cheesesteak

For the best and original Philly Cheesesteak, there is only one place to go. Philadelphia, of course! Made with thinly sliced beef rib eye, sauteed onions, peppers and mushrooms, melted cheese, on a long, crusty Italian roll. A hot dog vendor, Pat Olivieri, created the cheesesteak in the 1930s. One cab driver caught a whiff and soon after Olivieri opened a restaurant. It’s still there with competition across the street, a 24-hour a day rivalry for tourists and cheesesteak lovers to choose along with several others in the area.

Sweets

Head on over to Hershey to pick up all variety of chocolate and adventure. Don’t stop there! Pennsylvania’s sweet tooth has deep roots. From Twizzlers to Peeps, confectioners love Pennsylvania. Candy isn’t the only sweet treat on the menu, though. In 1904, the banana split was invented in Latrobe, PA.

And more…

If your preference is more on the salty side, Pennsylvania has that covered, too. They’ve mastered soft and hard pretzels. They also have a terrific competition between four regional potato chip brands.

Full of regional festivals and local cuisine, Pennsylvania is also home to Kennett Square, otherwise known as the Mushroom Capital of the United States. Every year, in celebration, they shut down the town square for a mushroom festival. It’s no wonder Pennsylvanian mushrooms make it into dishes around the world, even into your very own house.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPennsylvaniaDay

Celebrate National Pennsylvania Day by exploring the historic, and hidden treasures of this enchanting state.

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  • Hidden Treasures

EAST

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle – Doylestown
The Dream Garden – Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magic Gardens – Philadelphia
Cave of Kelpius – Philadelphia
American Treasure Tour – Oaks
Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square
Columcille Megalith Park – Bangor


CENTRAL

Leap the Dips – Altoona
Oldest operating rollercoaster
Horseshoe Curve – Blair County
National Watch & Clock Museum – Columbia
Railroaders Memorial Museum – Altoona
DelGrosso’s Amusement and Water Park – Tipton


WEST

Living Dead Museum & Gift Shop – Evans City
Big Mac Museum – North Huntingdon



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Daniel Boone – Frontiersman – (November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820)

Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (An Owl Book) Kindle Edition

by John Mack Faragher  (Author) 
Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (An Owl Book) Kindle Edition

by John Mack Faragher  (Author) 


Daniel Boone (Season 1 - 5) (Collector's Edition)

Fess Parker (Actor), Patricia Blair (Actor), & 2 more  Rated: 

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  Format: DVD
Daniel Boone (Season 1 – 5) (Collector’s Edition)

Fess Parker (Actor), Patricia Blair (Actor), & 2 more

Betsy Griscom Ross – Flag maker – (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836)

Betsy Ross and the Making of America Kindle Edition

by Marla R. Miller  (Author) 
Betsy Ross and the Making of America

by Marla R. Miller  (Author) 

James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President – (April 23, 1791 – March 4, 1861)

James Buchanan: The American Presidents Series: The 15th President, 1857-1861 Hardcover – June 7, 2004

by Jean H. Baker  (Author), Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Editor)
James Buchanan: The American Presidents Series: The 15th President, 1857-1861 Hardcover – June 7, 2004

by Jean H. Baker  (Author), Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Editor)


Mariah Bowersock Mendenhall – Midwife – (May 2, 1813 – May 19, 1911)

Mariah Bowersock Mendenhall
Mariah Bowersock Mendenhall


Louisa May Alcott – Author – (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888)

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women Kindle Edition

by Harriet Reisen  (Author) 
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women Kindle Edition

by Harriet Reisen  (Author) 

Little Women (150th Anniversary Edition): With Foreword and 200 Original Illustrations Paperback – March 2, 2019

by Louisa May Alcott  (Author), Frank Merrill (Illustrator), Alice L. George (Foreword)
Little Women (150th Anniversary Edition): With Foreword and 200 Original Illustrations Paperback – March 2, 2019

by Louisa May Alcott  (Author), Frank Merrill (Illustrator), Alice L. George (Foreword)


Grant Marsh – Riverboat Pilot – (May 11, 1834 – January 1916)

The Conquest of the Missouri: Captain Grant Marsh, and the Riverboats of the American Civil War and Plains Indian Wars Hardcover – December 12, 2011

by Joseph Mills Hansom (Author)
The Conquest of the Missouri: Captain Grant Marsh, and the Riverboats of the American Civil War and Plains Indian Wars Hardcover – December 12, 2011

by Joseph Mills Hansom (Author)


Edward Goodrich Acheson – Inventor – (March 9, 1856 – July 6, 1931)

A Pathfinder: Discovery, Invention And Industry (1910) Hardcover – September 10, 2010

by Edward Goodrich Acheson (Author)
A Pathfinder: Discovery, Invention And Industry (1910)

by Edward Goodrich Acheson (Author)

Nellie Bly – Journalist – (May 4, 1864 – January 27, 1922)

The Complete Works of Nellie Bly Paperback – July 20, 2015

by Nellie Bly  (Author)
The Complete Works of Nellie Bly

by Nellie Bly  (Author)

Maxwell Anderson – Playwright – (December 15, 1888 – February 28, 1959)

Maxwell Anderson
Maxwell Anderson


Samuel Barber – Composer – (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981)

Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music Hardcover – February 27, 2020

by Barbara B. Heyman  (Author)
Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music Hardcover – February 27, 2020

by Barbara B. Heyman  (Author)


Lee Iacocca – Auto Executive – (October 15, 1924)

Iacocca: An Autobiography Paperback – April 3, 2007

by Lee Iacocca  (Author), William Novak  (Author)
Iacocca: An Autobiography

by Lee Iacocca  (Author), William Novak  (Author)

Arnold Palmer – Golfer – (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016)

A Life Well Played: My Stories (Commemorative Edition) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 19, 2017

by Arnold Palmer  (Author), Jack Nicklaus (Foreword)
A Life Well Played: My Stories (Commemorative Edition) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 19, 2017

by Arnold Palmer  (Author), Jack Nicklaus (Foreword)


John Updike – Author – March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009

John Updike: Novels 1968-1975 (LOA #326): Couples / Rabbit Redux / A Month of Sundays (Library of America John Updike Edition) Hardcover – January 7, 2020

by John Updike (Author), Christopher Carduff (Editor)
John Updike: Novels 1968-1975 (LOA #326): Couples / Rabbit Redux / A Month of Sundays (Library of America John Updike Edition) Hardcover – January 7, 2020

by John Updike (Author), Christopher Carduff (Editor)

John Updike: Novels 1959-1965 (LOA #311): The Poorhouse Fair / Rabbit, Run / The Centaur / Of the Farm (Library of America John Updike Edition) Hardcover – November 20, 2018

by John Updike (Author), Christopher Carduff (Editor)
John Updike: Novels 1959-1965 (LOA #311): The Poorhouse Fair / Rabbit, Run / The Centaur / Of the Farm (Library of America John Updike Edition) Hardcover – November 20, 2018

by John Updike (Author), Christopher Carduff (Editor)


Reginald Reggie Jackson – Baseball Player – May 18, 1946

Reginald Reggie Jackson
Reginald Reggie Jackson

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Stephen Foster – Composer – (July 4 1826 – January 13, 1864)

The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster: A Revealing Portrait of the Forgotten Man Behind "Swanee River," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "My Old Kentucky Home" Kindle Edition

by JoAnne O'Connell (Author)
The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster: A Revealing Portrait of the Forgotten Man Behind “Swanee River,” “Beautiful Dreamer,” and “My Old Kentucky Home” Kindle Edition

by JoAnne O’Connell (Author)


Songs by Stephen Foster, Vol. 1-2

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Songs by Stephen Foster, Vol. 1-2

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