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Pandemonium in the news!

Hello folks:
This morning I got an email from a friend of the Society, and a friend of mine, Angie Jaillet-Wentling, sharing a link to a local interest story that was produced last week. Please click on the link and give this story a look! It should be available for several weeks.
Bill Philson

Congratulations, Angie!!!!

Linda A. Ries, Editor
Pennsylvania History:
A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
Pennsylvania Historical Association

500 Ninth Street
New Cumberland, PA 17070

“All worthwhile endeavors are 90% work and 10% love and only the love should show.” – Chuck Jones

From: Jaillet-Wentling, Angela
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:33 AM

Subject: Pandemonium (36ME253) in the news!

Good morning all!

If you’ve made the mistake (kidding!) of helping on the site or showing interest in the archaeology out at Pandenarium, please see below for the recent news story featuring the site and its recent approval for a state historical marker! Steve Vesey at WFMJ Today did a really nice job of summing up a lot of archaeology-talk and I’m pretty happy with it. My hope is that we’ll be able to identify some descendants and other interested individuals in time to include and/or invite them to the marker’s dedication ceremony.


As an update to the marker nomination, it was both accepted and fully-funded by PHMC as part of a special initiative meant to help with under-represented populations in Pennsylvania. Pandenarium’s marker qualified on two counts as it is commemorating African American history and an archaeological site. I’ve been working with PennDOT’s Cultural Resource Professional in D-1, Don Burden, to identify an appropriate and safe location for the marker within PennDOT right-of-way. I think the best candidate is actually behind the brand new guardrail installed just south of the Iron Bridge Inn in the northwestern quadrant of the new (not iron) bridge. My next step, for those interested in attending or helping to plan the marker dedication ceremony, is to have the text and marker finalized with the PHMC. I’d also like to nail down a venue for the dedication ceremony and/or reception. I’ve been told that November 2019 is a doable date in terms of production and shipping to the MCHS (and it’s my hope as that’ll put us at 165 years since the inhabitants arrived!). So, for those interested or involved on that end, please standby ?.

All my best and thanks for the continued support!

Angela Jaillet-Wentling | Historic Preservation Specialist
PA Department of Transportation

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