Explore! Activities & Virtual Learning: State Tree: Eastern Hemlock
September 16, 2020
Date: Every Wednesday during Summer
Time: Available on Wednesdays
Where: Available on the State Museum website
***This is not a HAHA sponsored event. For informational purposes only***
You may not be able to visit us at The State Museum of Pennsylvania right now, so we are bringing Pennsylvania to you. Each Wednesday this summer we will feature a different Pennsylvania State symbol. Find out about its selection and connection to Pennsylvania. Watch, explore and send us your questions.
September 2: State Steam Locomotive: K4s
The K4s steam powered train was the premier passenger and hauling locomotive from 1914-1957. Discover the design, power and engineering and its selection as the official state steam locomotive.
September 9: State Flagship: US Brig Niagara
The US Brig Niagara played one of the most vital roles in securing the Great Lakes. Learn the story of the Pennsylvania’s mission to build, man and sail this ship and its selection as the official state flagship.
September 16: State Tree: Eastern Hemlock
Eastern hemlock trees have filled Pennsylvania forests for hundreds of years. A slow-growing tree, this evergreen has been a major contributor to the state’s economy and a shelter for Pennsylvania songbirds. Find out more about this conifer and its selection as the official state tree of Pennsylvania.
September 23: State Electric Locomotive: GG1 4859
The GG1 electric train stationed out of Harrisburg moved passengers and freight from 1938-1979. Explore how this innovation streamlined an industry and its selection as the official state electric locomotive.
September 30: State Beautification and Conservation Plant: Crownvetch
First discovered on a Pennsylvania farm in 1935, this multi-tasking legume now provides beauty along the roadside and support to the soil throughout the state. Find out more about the Crownvetch and its selection as the official state beautification and conservation plant of Pennsylvania.
October 7: State Dog: Great Dane
The Great Dane breed was part of frontier Pennsylvania history as a hunting and working dog. Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn’s own Great Dane is featured with him in a portrait. Find out more about this gentle giant and its selection as the official state dog of Pennsylvania.
October 14 State Fossil: Trilobite
Trilobites may be extinct, but these joint-legged animals existed in Pennsylvania millions of years ago. We learn about these animals from the remains, traces or imprints they left behind. Find out more about this ancient creature and its selection as the official state fossil of Pennsylvania.
October 21: Pennsylvania’s State Song
Anthems celebrate pride in one’s community. Discover why “Pennsylvania” was selected as the official state song of Pennsylvania.
October 28: State Firearm: Long Rifle
A simple adaptation revolutionized this weapon used for hunting and defense. Find out more about the Pennsylvania Long Rifle, its controversial name, history and selection as the official state firearm of Pennsylvania.