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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

“A Day That Will Live in Infamy”
On this day 79 years ago, America changed forever. The beautiful, peaceful island of Oahu soon turned into a war zone, and no one saw it coming. On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese aerial torpedoes and planes soon littered Ford Island and Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese intent was to … Continue reading "“A Day That Will Live in Infamy”"

A Most Unusual Case
On February 19, 1930, a man known to his acquaintances as Jacob George Strunk, died. Strunk had moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania about two years prior to his death, and found work selling electrical devices on the sales floor of the Pennsylvania Central Light and Power Company. Officials soon gathered that Strunk was in fact traveling … Continue reading "A Most Unusual Case"

Digital Archives: Looking Towards the Future
Digital and electronic records can be a tedious subject. I could tell you all about which file formats and bit depths meet international archival standards. I could describe to you several policy documents required to ensure digital collections run efficiently. I could elaborate on the dozens of meetings between archivists and stake holders to provide … Continue reading "Digital Archives: Looking Towards the Future"

National Hispanic Heritage Month
President Lyndon B. Johnson designated one week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. Originally proposed through House Resolution 1299 in the United States Congress, this bill authorized the President to designate the week of September 15 to honor and celebrate members of the Hispanic and Latino Communities throughout the nation.                 … Continue reading "National Hispanic Heritage Month"

The PA House of Representatives Tour: One Marker at a Time
This year has certainly been one for the record books! I think most people would agree that they are looking for road trips that encourage beautiful scenery while finding things to see in their own “backyard.” Did you know that there are at least 33 Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission markers relating to House History across … Continue reading "The PA House of Representatives Tour: One Marker at a Time"