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Spring 2019 Internship Opportunity!
Summer 2017, Archives Interns This internship provides a great opportunity for students interested in public history to gain valuable training and experience which can be applied later to their professional careers. Interns are offered insight into the archival profession and the political history of both the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Commonwealth. The internship is a structured educational experience designed to provide hands-on, real-world experience that complements stude...
Friday Member Feature: Elliot S.N. Morgan
Rep. E.S.N Morgan Elliot S.N. Morgan was a Republican Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Lawrence County who served from 1874-1878.  He was born on January 19, 1832 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was trained to be a dentist.   First elected to serve in the session of 1874, Morgan wasted no time in making a good impression in Harrisburg.  The Legislative Sketch Book said of him, "He is one of the most fluent speakers in the House...There are few members...
Intern Spotlight--Cady Pinkerton
House Archives Fall 2018 Intern, Cady Pinkerton The House Archives runs an internship program during the spring, summer, and fall semesters for students interested in archiving and state government. This week marks the first week for our fall intern, Cady Pinkerton. We asked our new intern a few questions to help you get to know her, as she begins her 13 week internship program with the House. Where are you attending school and what type of degree are you pursuing?    Penn State Harri...
Friday Member Feature: William D. Mackowski
Rep. William D. Mackowski William D. Mackowski was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, who served from 1977-1986. Mackowski served in the United States Army from 1942-1945, assigned to the 300th Infantry Regiment of the 83rd Infantry Division, which fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Far from family and friends, Mackowski learned to cope with his homesickness through trench art, the act of converting military items into artistic works either for leisure, sentimenta...
Friday Member Feature: Speaker Andrew Hamilton
Photo Credit: Mondics, Chris. "One-Time Legal Hero's Name Dropped From  Bar Benefit." The Inquirer (Philadelphia), December 03, 2016.  http://www.philly.com Tomorrow, August 4th, marks the anniversary of the death of Speaker Andrew Hamilton.  Born in Scotland in 1676, Hamilton immigrated to Virginia in 1700.  After starting a law career and moving to Pennsylvania, he rose to become a member of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, a...