Local author Rich Saylor wins major Civil War award!
Harrisburg – A book about Civil War veterans who became governors and an exhibit about Pennsylvania’s founder have earned important national awards, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission said today.
The American Association for State and Local History recently (AASLH) selected the publication “Soldiers to Governors: Pennsylvania’s Civil War Veterans Who Became State Leaders” and the exhibition “William Penn: The Seed of a Nation” as 2011 Award of Merit winners by the Leadership in History committee. It is billed as the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history.
“Soldiers to Governors: Pennsylvania’s Civil War Veterans Who Became State Leaders,” authored by Richard C. Saylor, an archivist for the Pennsylvania State Archives and published by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) offers, for the first time ever, an in-depth look at PHMC’s extensive Civil War collections. The book presents official records and artifacts directly relating to Pennsylvania governors who had fought in the Civil War: John White Geary (1819-1873), John Frederick Hartranft (1830-1889), Henry Martyn Hoyt (1830-1892), James Addams Beaver (1837-1914) and Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker (1843-1916). The book may be purchased online at www.PABookstore.com.
“William Penn: The Seed of a Nation,” is an exhibit at Pennsbury Manor, the recreated country home of William Penn in Morrisville, Bucks County. It presents a comprehensive orientation to Penn, his world, community, vision and legacy. Pennsbury Manor is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by PHMC as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. More information is available at www.pennsburymanor.org.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The book is available on amazon.com.