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Keystone Stories: The Forest

In the early days of the Commonwealth, nearly 29 million acres of Pennsylvania were covered in forest. By 1895, this number dropped to 9 million acres. While Pennsylvania provided lumber to build a nation, this invaluable natural resource was almost lost.

Thanks to the forest conservation movement that began in the late 1800s, 58% of Pennsylvania is now forest. This is not only a renewable, natural resource, but the forest is also home to countless outdoor activities.

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Railroads

Posted on January 2, 2023

Why is Altoona known as “Railroad City”? The answer can be found at the Railroaders Memorial Museum, located in Altoona. This home for railfans is where a new project is underway to bring back a legendary locomotive…the K4.

 

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Black History Keepers

Posted on May 27, 2022

Bellefonte, Pa. houses rich stories and landmarks of Black history, including St. Paul AME Church, founded in the 1800s, and believed to be part of the Underground Railroad. Its history has been preserved by local historians, as have many other aspects of Black history in central Pennsylvania.

 

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Old Spaces, New Places

Posted on January 17, 2023

Adaptive reuse is the term given to the repurposing of old buildings, and many of the buildings we use today are serving a very different purpose than originally intended. But repurposing a structure is not always easy.

 

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