Beyond Exhibits: Conservation in the Real World

Much like everything else this year, my fall internship at the Everhart Museum was shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an entirely virtual setting, I was tasked with creating entries for different museum collections in the museum’s collections software, PastPerfect. The fully remote experience allowed me to work for the

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Tripping the Folk Fantastic

Want to try something fun?  Define “Folk Art.”   Not as easy as it sounds – but it sure is an interesting game! This is the dance we have joined as new Partners in the “Folk & Traditional Arts” program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. While the Everhart is

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From the Lackawanna to the Susquehanna: Traces of the Lenni-Lenape

The indigenous people that inhabited the land that many of us in Northeastern Pennsylvania call home were the Lenni-Lenape. The Lenape inhabited the region which stretches from southern New York all the way through Eastern Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey down to Delaware. The Lenape are divided into three

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Where Did All These Birds Come From?

Visitors to the museum often ask where our collection of birds came from. With 560 on view in our ornithological gallery and another 2000 or so in storage, the answer isn’t simple especially considering that records of our earliest collections are spotty by today’s standards. Today we’ll begin a series

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Mapping the Twining Herbarium

My name is Sebastien Hardinger and I am a Master’s student in the Public History program at Northeastern University. As part of my internship with the Everhart this summer, I worked with Museum staff to begin mapping specimens from the Everhart’s Herbarium.  The Everhart’s Herbarium, a collection of plants, was

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Fritz Scholder’s Spirit of Independence

As we exit these final weeks of summer, our country laments the conclusion of the months of Independence. Americans raise their glasses once more to the overthrow of foreign tyranny, the season’s last fireworks exploding in the heavens. Bald eagles soar over amber waves of grain. The Star-Spangled Banner yet

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Coming Together Through Folk Art

Our world is full of so many different forms of art and cultural expression that our communities depend on for creative ways to bring us closer together. Folk and traditional arts not only provide us pathways of discovery to history and heritage but open us up to a unique experience

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Reflecting on “Forming The Maslow Collection”

While The Maslow Collection, in its entirety, is comprised of about 600 works by 150 different artists, “Forming the Maslow Collection: A Reflection on the New York City Art Scene in the 80s and 90s” contained less than 40 works in total. Nevertheless, this exhibition provided visitors with the opportunity

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Crowdsourcing in the Humanities: How You Can Help from Home

Crowdsourcing…what is it? According to The American Historian, crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet. “When done well, crowdsourcing can result in widespread interest from

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Mystery Object: What is it?

So we will admit, this object is a little odd. And to be honest, it stumped a few people at the Museum who were trying to figure out exactly what it was. But after a little research and a lot of digging, we finally have some answers. This mystery object

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