Category Archives: pennsylvania

The Centralia Mine Fire: Failed Government in the Age of Deindustrialization

Centralia is a condemned mining town in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania.  There, you can see steam rising from the ground, sink holes, and abandoned buildings.  The coal beneath the town has been burning since at least 1962, and since … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Music: Western PA and PA Dutch Folk Music

Folkways Recordings, now part of the Smithsonian, has made many important recordings, interviews, and other documentation of America’s folk music since the 1940s.  They still make available two good recordings of Pennsylvania folk music.  I take pleasure in having a music … Continue reading

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Kelpius’s Cave, Philadelphia

The Cave of Kelpius is one of the great oddities of southeast Pennsylvania.  Here, in the 1690s, Johannes Kelpius meditated while awaiting the Second Coming of Christ.  Enjoy a short hike in a small wood and visit this piece of … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Literature: “Wo Unto Sodom: The Last Day of the Quaker City”

Lippard, George. The Quaker City, or, The Monks of Monk Hall: A Romance of Philadelphia Life, Mystery, and Crime. Edited and introduced by David S. Reynolds.  Originally published 1845. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995. The Quaker City (1845) was the … Continue reading

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“Something Evil” in Bucks County

I am a Pennsylvanian and love my state, so I’ll probably have many Pennsylvania-related posts here.  Here’s one on Pennsylvania-related movies. Something Evil (1972). Directed by Steven Spielberg. This Pennsylvania Dutch Amityville Horror is set, but not filmed, in Bucks County. … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Artists: James Feehan and Valeriy Skrypka

Jo and I went to the 85th Phillips’ Mill art show just north of New Hope.  Thanks to my new-found understanding of art, I enjoyed myself so much more than I had in past years.  I didn’t demand so much … Continue reading

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