Schmucker Hall is an American Civil War site listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Adams County, constructed as the original Gettysburg Theological Seminary building. Used as both a Union and Confederate hospital during the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, the facility served as the seminary's main building from 1832 to 1895 as a dedicated dormitory for students until 1951. In 1960, it was leased by the Adams County Historical Society. Beginning in 2006, the Historical Society, along with the Seminary Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation, rehabilitated the building for adaptive reuse as the Seminary Ridge Museum; the Adams County Historical Society moved into the nearby Wolf House on the seminary campus preceding the renovation. In 2013, on the 150th anniversary of the battle, the Seminary, the Adams County Historical Society and the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation opened the building as the Seminary Ridge Museum; the Museum houses displays about many different aspects of the battle, the seminary, the town, the civil war, the struggle among faith groups over slavery, as well as offering tours of the cupola.
The exhibit and museum have earned international and regional awards and the rehabilitation achieved LEED Certification in 2013. The seminary opened with 11 students on September 1826, at the 1810 Gettysburg Academy building. An 1830 request for proposals was advertised for constructing the "whole building to be 100 feet, viz. the Centre building to be 50 feet square, two stories each 14 feet high--with two wings, 30 by 25 feet, three stories each 9 feet high. The wall of the first story of the Centre building is to be 18 inches thick--the second story and Wings to be 14 inches; the construction established the seminary campus between the Chambersburg Pike and Nichol's Gap Road west of the Gettysburg borough on a ridge which became known as Haupt's Hill after Herman Haupt built his nearby 1837 Oakridge Select Academy. Battle of Gettysburg Along with the "S. S. Schmucker" and "C. P. Krauth" professor dwellings of 1833 & 1834, Old Dorm was used during the Gettysburg Campaign The nearby area was used by Union artillery July 1 prior to the "last stand of the Union 1st Corps on Seminary Ridge" by Confederate artillery after being captured in late afternoon.
The last patient at the hospital left on September 16, 1863,Lightning set the cupola afire in 1913 and seminary use of Old Dorm ended in 1954. The 1939 Adams County Historical Society moved to the building in April 1961 and in 1995 began their current 30 year lease. In 1972, the building was designated an historic district contributing structure by the Gettysburg council, in 1976 the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated the hall's "American Heritage Room". Schmucker Hall was filmed for the 1993 Gettysburg motion picture which depicted its cupola as a July 1 Gettysburg Battlefield "observation tower". In 2004, Schmucker Hall was designated for restoration by the 1999 Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation with funding assistance by the Gettysburg National Military Park, in 2008 the hall's sign was designated in the Historical Marker Database. In 2013, on the 150th anniversary of the battle, the Adams County Historical Society and the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation opened the building as the Seminary Ridge Museum.
The Museum houses displays about many different aspects of the battle, the seminary, the town, the civil war, as well as offering tours of the cupola. Seminary Ridge Museum - official site
John Ruan House
The John Ruan House is a historic mansion in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1796 as the home of a physician and community leader; the 2½-story house, the oldest of its size and stature still standing in Frankford, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. It was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on January 3, 1985, it has been continuously occupied since its erection and is now the home of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. The museum houses Civil War and Grand Army of the Republic artifacts and memorabilia, is open Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.. Other days are by appointment. Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library "History of the Ruan House, Circa 1796" at the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library Listing at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
Penn State Harrisburg Library
Penn State Harrisburg Library is an academic library which serves Penn State Harrisburg, the Harrisburg campus of the Pennsylvania State University. It is one of more than 20 libraries in Pennsylvania State University Libraries system. Penn State Harrisburg Library is located at 351 Olmsted Drive and is open more than 90 hours per week. In addition to a print collection, the library provides numerous online resources; the library's primary users are students and faculty of Penn State Harrisburg. To get started, new student and faculty must have a Penn State Access Account and password, must register with the library. Adult residents of Pennsylvania may apply for a “community borrower” card and a Friends of Penn State Account which provides limited access to the library's resources. Research assistance In-class instruction on literature/information seeking techniques Productive environment for learning and scholarly collaboration Cultural activities and educational programs A medium-sized college library serving residential and commuter students, the Penn State Harrisburg Library intends to be a place where students can work comfortably and collaborate effectively.
The library adapts to emerging technology while providing friendly, face-to-face service. The building is a 115,000-square-foot facility and opened in January, 2000; the Library Guide provides contact information, instructions for using the building's wireless network, a floor-by-floor map. Archives and Special Collections Art supplies, die-cutting machine, digital cameras, loaner laptops, portable DVD players, other borrowable equipment Assistive Technologies Room “Cyber Café,”, open 24/7 and includes several computers and vending machines Group Study Rooms Library Instruction Room, with computers for 35 students Morrison Gallery, with space for large meetings and art exhibitions Schwab Family Holocaust Reading Room, a research and collaborative space for Holocaust studies Wireless network access Access PA home page. Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania home page. American Library Directory, 60th ed. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2007, p. 2046. Goodrich, Katie. "Learn About the Big House of Books."
Capital Times, April 30, 2007, p. 1, 4. Information and Technology Services, Pennsylvania State University. "Penn State Access Account". Accessed July 5, 2007. "Local PSU To Get New Library." Patriot News, May 1, 1997, p. A1, A16. OCLC home page. Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium home page. University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University. "University Libraries Lending Code", June 3, 2005. Accessed July 5, 2007. CAT. Penn State Harrisburg home page. Penn State Harrisburg Library home page. Penn State University Libraries home page
Toy Train Reference Library
The Toy Train Reference Library is a library for members of the Train Collectors Association and the public. It has material about the history of the toy train industry and is located in the Train Collectors Association Headquarters building in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, US. In the building is the National Toy Train Museum, it is open to all visitors, contains a collection of information on the history and characteristics of toy trains, the industry that produced them, in the United States and around the world. It is a research, not a lending and covers 1,300 square feet. Website
Respect Graduate School
Respect Graduate School is a private Islamic graduate school located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The school opened in 2015 and is focused on offering a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies degree; the MAIS degree program at Respect Graduate School is unique from others in that it offers two tracks of study for students. For instance, students may choose from either the Academic or the Professional track of the program to complete their study; the academic track of the MAIS program is designed for students who aim to continue their education onto the Ph. D. level in preparation for an academic career. The professional track of the program, on the other hand, is for students who are interested in a wider array of careers such as Islamic ministry, education, Islamic finance, inter-religious relations, international relations, or journalism. RGS is dedicated to promoting interfaith and intrafaith dialogue and holds regular events open to the public in cooperation with the Lehigh Dialogue Center and Moravian Theological Seminary.
RGS offers a summer program called Al-Mizan Summer Youth Institute that aims to prepare high school aged students for college. Official website Respect Library
Luzerne County Library System
The Luzerne County Library System is an organization that administers ten libraries in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1986, it is headquartered at the Osterhout Free Library in Pennsylvania. Along with hosting various permanent and temporary collections of books and media, the member libraries provide various services and activities. Isaac Smith Osterhout willed a substantial portion of his estate for the establishment of a free public library. In 1887, the board of directors hired Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey decimal system, to act as an adviser. Dewey recommended that the board buy the First Presbyterian Church, an edifice built in 1849, use it for 10 years until permanent arrangements could be made; as it happened, this became the permanent arrangement. The Gothic architecture of the church proved quite suitable for a library; the library trustees hired Hannah Packard James to be the first head librarian and assigned her the task of organizing and preparing the library for its grand opening.
The original library collection consisted of books from Osterhout’s personal collection, part of the Atheneum, 9,500 volumes purchased from Charles Scribner and Sons. The Osterhout Free Library opened its doors to the public on January 29, 1889 and was one of the first libraries in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1986, the Luzerne County Library System is an organization that administers ten libraries in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, it is headquartered at the Osterhout Free Library in Pennsylvania. A library card from any member library allows patrons to borrow books and media from one library and return it to another; the library system comprises Along with permanent collections that include microfilm of old newspapers, the libraries host various temporary collections of art or memorabilia. The system has hosted lecture series about the history of the region it serves, it has activities for children, an annual Summer reading program, an annual book sale at the Osterhout Free Library. The Osterhout has an immigration resource center funded by grants.
Some activities aimed at adults have included adult coloring books
M. Carey Thomas Library
The M. Carey Thomas Library, named after Bryn Mawr's first Dean and second President, is a college library in Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, it was in use as a library until 1970. Today, it is a space for performances, readings and public gatherings, it is now called College Hall among faculty. The Great Hall, the reading room of the old library, was designed by Walter Cope in 1901 and built by Stewardson and Jamieson in 1907. M. Carey Thomas played a large part in its planning by taking photographs and doing architectural research on the library's University of Oxford inspirations, by helping the library's construction survive many hardships, such as Cope's death and financial troubles. Built with ashlar gray stone and lined with coffered oak paneling, the Great Hall was inspired by the dining hall at Wadham College and features a king post truss ceiling painted by Lockwood de Forest with geometric renaissance patterns that continue down the wall, ending with tulip-bordered corbels situated between large, arch-shaped lead-paned windows, which flood the space with light.
The tracery of the windows is modeled after Wadham College's dining hall, albeit without Wadham's stained glass. This area was renovated and conserved by Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP. Carey Thomas asked Cope not to "copy the interior plan at any other college, as it was a plan worked out by us at Bryn Mawr for us own individual needs and so far as he and I knew unique."The Great Hall was once the home of an Athena Lemnia statue, now located in a high alcove in the Rhys Carpenter Art and Archaeology Library. A plaster cast of that Athena now stands in her place at the Great Hall; the library encloses a large open courtyard called "The Cloisters", the site of the College's traditional Lantern Night ceremony. The cremated remains of M. Carey Thomas and Emmy Noether are in the courtyard cloister. According to her 1985 graduation address, alumna Katharine Hepburn used to go skinny dipping in the Cloisters' fountain. A popular tradition is for undergraduates to skinny dip before graduating, conveniently the fountain contains chlorinated water.
The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991