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Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It comprises the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, and 26 historic sites and museums.

  • PHMC collects, safeguards, and shares our state's most treasured documents and objects.
  • PHMC teaches Pennsylvania history to children and adults because informed citizens are the bedrock of democracy.
  • PHMC promotes economic development by protecting and repurposing Pennsylvania's historic buildings.
  • PHMC helps create vital places to live and work by protecting the uniqueness of Pennsylvania's distinctive communities.
  • PHMC saves tax dollars by helping state and local governments manage their records efficiently.
  • PHMC protects basic legal rights of Pennsylvanians by safeguarding property and legislative documents.
  • PHMC attracts tourists to Pennsylvania's historic sites and museums.

Virtual Exhibits


The Pennsylvania State Archives Online

The Pennsylvania State Archives has organized Agriculture/Farm Show-related records in themes to be featured content on their new search platform, Eloquent. 

Pretzel Making at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum (video)

William Chester Ruth: From Slaves' Son to Agricultural Inventor 

This online exhibit is an amazing American story of overcoming immense obstacles through ingenuity and intelligence to become an ingenious inventor. Having grown up in a rural Pennsylvania family that came out of slavery, William Chester Ruth learned blacksmithing and mechanics to become an inventor of agricultural equipment and devices that made the business of farming easier and more profitable.  During WWII, he also invented multiple top-secret devices for the military.  In all, he held over 50 patents.

George Christian & Anna Catherine Spangler Historic Farm (video)