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An Introduction

Welcome to the PA's Past Historical Essays and Documents site. We are delighted to have you visit us.

About PA Historical Essays and Documents:
This site is a collaborative effort between the library and the Penn State History Department. The essays are written by history students at Penn State, under the supervision of Dr. William Pencak, History Department, and Eric Novotny, Humanities Librarian. Each essay provides an introduction to a unique and interesting episode in Pennsylvania History. Select the primary source documents for each essay to read accounts from actual participants and to see historical events through their eyes.

Our Mission:
The purpose of this site is to provide the public with readable informative essays, while giving Penn State students an opportunity to publish their research. The site facilitates the university's mission of educational outreach by increasing public access to historical information and engaging researchers in a creative manner.

More essays are forthcoming so check back periodically. Send comments or suggestions to Eric Novotny.