Ahhh February – the month of love and romance. Many aspects of human relationships and marriage are timeless, but there are a lot of differences between modern couples and those who Read More
Life in the Governor’s House: A Quaker Love Triangle!
Ann Shippen’s Story (Part II) In an earlier post we shared the story of Ann Shippen, who at age 17 was living with the Penn family at Pennsbury Manor. Ann Read More
Life in the Governor’s House: Ann Shippen’s Story (Part I)
Ann Shippen was the 17 year-old daughter of Edward Shippen, a prominent Philadelphia Quaker. She became acquainted with the Penn family when they stayed at her father’s home in Philadelphia. Read More
“Our principle is… to seek peace.” George Fox, Founder of the Quakers, 1661 Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr., who advocated for national equality and freedom at the expense Read More
German Cooking: Not the “Wurst” Food in the Colony!
During the 17th Century, what we know as Germany was a hodgepodge of different states disputing everything from religion to politics. With religious persecution and destruction brought about by The Thirty Read More
Philadelphia versus Salem: Preventing Witch Hysteria
Last week, we shared the story of the Mattson Witch Trial, the only known witch trial William Penn presided over. Pennsylvania never reached anywhere near the heights of Salem’s infamous witch hunts. Read More
“What magic words do you utter then?”: How to Catch a Witch!
‘Tis the month of ghost and ghouls and all things otherworldly… so it’s a great time to explore the role of witchcraft in 17th-century society! So how would you react as a Read More
Miniature Models – Dressing Children in the 17th Century
As the school year quickly shifts into high-gear and stores advertise their latest sales on backpacks and sneakers, the staff at Pennsbury can’t help but notice the differences between modern Read More
Invitation to Share
This summer a young friend attended summer camp at Pennsbury Manor, and during the course of the week she formed some opinions about my job as the Museum Educator. She Read More
French Cuisine – The Height of English Fashion
Last month our Open-Hearth Cooks demonstrated the cooking traditions of the Netherlands, previewed in an article we posted about Dutch foodways. Now we turn our attention to another highly influential culture, Read More