Academic journal article Journal of the Early Republic

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Academic journal article Journal of the Early Republic

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Looking Ahead

The production schedule for the journal is such that I write with snow on the ground amid freezing temperatures, whilst you, dear reader, are no doubt enjoying a balmy spring day or at least the relief of air conditioning. The annual meeting at Rochester will soon be here (the program is included with this issue oîJER); the O AH will have been long gone. Yet it is not too early to start planning for the next annual meeting.

In 201 1, SHEAR will return to its home base in Philadelphia, July 14 to 1 7. The Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Independence National Historical Park, and the Constitution Center are among the wellknown sites in the city. But there are lesser known treasures that should entice SHEARites to pay another visit as well. For religious historians there are significant archives maintained by the Lutherans, Presbyterians, Quakers, and Roman Catholics in the city and nearby suburbs. Historians of science and medicine will find much of interest at the Chemical Heritage Society, the Mutter Museum, the archives of Pennsylvania Hospital, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Wagner Free Institute. The Academy of the Fine Arts has a strong collection of nineteenthcentury American art, as does the Museum of Art, and, further afield, the Winterthur Museum in nearby Delaware. But for the frissons of the gothic imagination, no place surpasses Eastern State Penitentiary. Military history has not fared so well in the Quaker City: The Civil War museum is currently closed and does not expect to reopen - in new quarters - until 2014. …

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