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Past PA

Past PA illuminates the history of Pennsylvania. It will bring a deeper understanding of important events that people have likely heard of but might not know very much about, and help people learn new stories about well-known events.

Many of the events and individuals throughout the Commonwealth’s history have important lessons to teach us today.

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Episodes

The Johnstown Flood

The Johnstown Flood of 1889 was one of the worst natural disasters in American history. What do the circumstances that caused the flood, and its recovery, teach us about the best and worst of human nature?

5/26/23 | 10m 56s

 

The White Lady of Wopsy

Everyone loves a good ghost story. The White Lady of Wopsy is a Pennsylvania version of the classic ghostly hitchhiker tale, with roots that may stem from a real tragedy.

5/17/23 | 8m 11s

 

John Burns, Hero of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg is one of the best-known engagements of the American Civil War. Learn what made resident John Burns an unlikely "Hero of Gettysburg."

5/17/23 | 7m 28s

 

The Whiskey Rebellion

The Whiskey Rebellion is often called the first major crisis for the newly founded United States. But what was this conflict, how did it involve whiskey, and what can we it teach us today?

5/17/23 | 7m 16s

 

 

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