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Please be sure to visit our recently launched blog "On Second Consideration..." to stay current on all the latest news from the House Archives. In addition to articles, fun facts, and historical profiles, be sure to stay tuned to learn preservation tips and basic archiving principles.

Recent Blogs

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...
Friday Member Feature - James P. Rooney
Photo of Representative James P. Rooney James P. Rooney (J.P. Rooney), brother of Art Rooney Sr., served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during the sessions of 1931-1932 and 1935-1936. Born and raised in Pittsburgh’s North Side, J.P. grew up to be a fantastic athlete. During his collegiate years at the University of Pittsburgh, J.P. was a featured running back and punter for the Pitt Panthers football team, receiving varsity letters in 1926, 1928 and 1929. In addition to athletics,...
Spotlight on the House Archives Non-Lending Library
The House Archives maintains an extensive library with materials related to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Senate, and the Commonwealth at large. Housed in our office in the Forum Building in Harrisburg, the materials in our library are open to researchers during our normal business hours.  Our library is climate controlled and proper archival techniques are used to preserve fragile books and materials. Listed below are some of the highlights of our collection: A p...
Friday Member Feature: Albert Schooley
Albert Schooley was born in White Deer, Union County, PA in 1848 to William and Isabella Schooley. Albert went on to be educated at Lewisburg College, now Bucknell University, and led a successful life in Pennsylvania as a salesman and teacher. He was even elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a single term in 1884. Despite his success in his home state, by 1888, Schooley moved over 2,500 miles away from home to the Territory of Washington. Little is known abo...