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Meet Andrew Burlingame
This is our last intern for summer 2019! Keep checking back on our blog, Facebook, and Instagram for research updates, fun stories and to meet our fall interns! Where do you attend school and what is your area of study? Catholic University (Starting Fall 2019) Penn State Harrisburg-Master’s degree in American Studies (Graduated 2018) Juniata College-Bachelor’s degree in History and Politics (Graduated 2017) What are you career goals/interests? My future career goals are to complete my PhD in Hi...
Meet Sam Wessel
Meet our next intern, Sam Wessel! Come back next week to meet our last intern! Where do you attend school and what is your area of study? I attend Washington & Jefferson College. I’m a History major with minors in English and Mind & Language and a concentration in American Studies. What are you career goals/interests? I am considering attending graduate school for a dual master’s degree program in History and Library Science. Fun facts/hobbies? I love to read. I am part of a knitting cl...
Meet Michaela Hockenbery
Meet Michaela Hockenberry, the first intern we are going to introduce over the next few blog posts! Where do you attend school and what is your area of study? I just graduated Randolph College with a B.A. in Classics, and I plan to start an M.A. program in Classics at Villanova University this fall. What are you career goals/interests? I would love to be a professor or a librarian- any job in which I am surrounded by books and information. Fun facts/hobbies? My hobbies include gymnastics, readi...
Member Feature: Henry S. Blatt
Image courtesy of Findagrave.com Representative Henry S. Blatt was born on August 26, 1845 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Grove-Blatt and Jonas Blatt, a wagon and carriage maker. Upon the completion of Henry’s education at New Lebanon Academy, he entered into the wagonmaking profession, following his father’s footsteps. In 1871, Henry went into business for himself and founded the H.S. Blatt and Co. Hardware Company. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature for 1875 te...
Speaker Spotlight: Henry K. Strong
Henry K. Strong was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1853-1855 and again from 1859 until his death in 1860. He represented Philadelphia County and was Speaker of the House in 1855. He was the only Speaker in Pennsylvania House of Representatives History elected on the Whig American Party (now known as the Know-Nothing Party) ticket.  Strong was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1798.  In 1821, he graduated with a B.A. from Union College in Schenec...