News for Immediate Release
Oct. 23, 2013
State Museum Announces New Exhibition
of Chairs from Chippendale to Knoll
Harrisburg - The State Museum of Pennsylvania
today announced a new exhibition titled “Chairs from the Collection of The
State Museum.” Opening Sunday, Nov. 3, the exhibition features a sampling of
chairs from the museum’s collection.
cover a variety of styles including large and small, plain and fancy and practical
and whimsical. It mirrors the diversity of other collections in the museum’s
holdings, and represents the diversity of Pennsylvania, its artisans and
cultures over the past 300 years.
of chairs on display include:
- The Treaty Elm Chair (circa 1815)
fabricated from wood collected from the great elm under which William Penn
signed his treaty with the Native Americans;
- An oak,
leather, brass and cast iron desk chair (circa 1904) designed for use in Pennsylvania’s
governor’s office at the beginning of the 20th century;
chair from Loew’s
Regent Theater, which opened in Harrisburg in 1920 and was razed in 1961;
- A block of four stadium seats
from Philadelphia’s Shibe Park (later renamed Connie Mack Stadium);
- A specially designed “chair”
that traveled into space in 1959 carrying a rhesus monkey named Miss Sam
as part of an early NASA mission.
Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), will host a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
on the exhibition’s opening day. The exhibit will continue through Sunday,
April 27, 2014.
Heritage works with the PHMC on a variety of projects to preserve and interpret
Pennsylvania’s history, art and culture.
Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of
25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and
Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®.
The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting
Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the
dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and
revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the Commonwealth's
vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is
hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5
p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens.
information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639