News for Immediate Release
Museum of Pennsylvania Announces July Highlights
Harrisburg – The State Museum of Pennsylvania
today announced its program schedule for July 2014:
Art of the State: The 47th
Annual “Art of the State” is recognized as the official, statewide juried
competition for Pennsylvania artists. This year's show includes 122 works from
114 artists from 30 counties. Jurors selected artwork from five categories:
Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit will be
open to the public through September 14, 2014. “Art of the State” is presented
by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
A Fondness for Birds: Pennsylvania’s Alexander
Wilson: This exhibit features bird prints and first edition volumes of the
200-year-old “American Ornithology” series by Wilson, who is considered the
father of American ornithology. Also featured are a number of bird specimens
from the museum’s Botany and Zoology collections, some of which date to the
late 19th century. The specimens underscore the museum’s historic and
continuing role in the study of Pennsylvania’s flora and fauna. This
exhibit runs through March 15, 2015, and is included with general admission to
3rd in the
July 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the “Art of the State” exhibition
“after hours” for the first “Artist’s Conversation” of the season. Admission to
the Museum is free during the hours
of the event.
Learn@Lunchtime Summer Series: The
State Museum’s Learn@Lunchtime series is back for the summer and runs through
August 22. Admission to The State Museum is free on Fridays from 11 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. Join the Museum’s curators and educators at 12 noon to discover
exciting new things about Pennsylvania.
Friday, July 11 – Flintknapping with the
Steve Nissly, a flintknapper with over a decade of experience, as he reproduces
a variety of spearpoint styles using methods that
are thousands of years old.
Friday, July 18 – How did we get here?
curator Bob Hill as he provides an insider’s tour through “Man and Machine:
Industry and Technology.”
Friday, July 25 – Pennsylvania’s Founding Father:
Museum educator Cherie Trimble will be at the
museum’s iconic statue of William Penn to look at his life and the time in
which he lived.
- Friday, August 1 – Some Are Frogs. Some Are
Natural Science curator
Dr. Walter Meshaka will be on the 3rd Floor to discuss Pennsylvania frogs.
- Friday, August 8 – When Pennsylvania Was
Covered with Water
Get an overview of
Pennsylvania during the Paleozoic Era with curator Steve Jasinski.
Friday, August 15 – Objects of Valor
Brad Smith provides insight to how Pennsylvania
has remembered and
commemorated the Civil War.
- Friday, August 22 – Learn@Lunchtime Visitor’s
PickYou decide! Be sure to
vote as you attend other Learn@Lunchtime events this summer. Whatever you
select through the voting process
will be happening this day!
Summer Storytime Series in Curiosity Connection: The State Museum will kick off its
popular summer children’s book reading program on Thursday, July 17. Featuring
a different book each week, readings begin at 10 a.m. and are followed by a
related activity. The series is suggested for children 3-5 years, but all ages
are welcome and it is free with museum admission. The six-week summer series features:
July 17 - “Forest Bright, Forest Night” by Jennifer Ward
July 24 - “Let’s Look at Dinosaurs” by Frances Barry
July 31 - “Dreaming Up” by Christy Hale
Aug. 7 - “Birds” by Kevin Henkes
Aug. 14 - “Machines Go to Work in the City” by William Low
Aug. 21 - “Stars” by Mary Lyn Ray
Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The Planetarium is offering two
shows through August 31:
of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” (Pre-k to grade 2): Specially designed for our
youngest visitors, this fun-filled, animated show tells the tale of the
beautiful princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s
bragging is sacrificed to a sea monster and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus.
Learn how these Greek mythological characters came to be in the night sky.
Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Earth” (grade 4 and
up): Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Dynamic Earth” explores the inner workings of
Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data
and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a
trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that
shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans and the biosphere.
Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m.
12 noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
shows are $2 per person in addition to general admission; free to State Museum
Affiliate Members and Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Members.
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 America’s story.
hours are Wed. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens.
Museum of Pennsylvania will be closed on July 4th in celebration of
the national holiday.
information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639