Exhibit: “A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania’s New Deal Post Office Murals”
Now Through December 22, 2013

State College, PA – The Centre County Historical Society is hosting a new exhibit titled “A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania’s New Deal Post Office Murals” at the Centre Furnace Mansion (1001 E. College Ave., State College, PA  16801).  The exhibit, which runs through December 22, 2013, is open to the public during regular tour hours on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Admission is free; donations are welcome.

First presented by the State Museum of Pennsylvania in 2008, “A Common Canvas” was created to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. “A Common Canvas” is the result of a research and documentation project by David Lembeck and photographer Michael Mutmansky. When mounted at the State Museum, the exhibit featured over 50 examples of murals and sculptures created for Pennsylvania post offices between 1934 and 1943.

Designed as a traveling exhibit, CCHS displays a portion of “A Common Canvas” at the Centre Furnace Mansion in the Ice House exhibit building with a focus on Central PA. About 15 photographic images featuring themes of agriculture and industry are exhibited with a special emphasis on artworks from central Pennsylvania.  Also featured are early regional airmail objects and images.

This exhibit is a collaboration of Centre County Historical Society, David Lembeck, photographer Michael Mutmansky and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Exhibit objects featured are from the American Philatelic Society and the Centre County Library & Historical Museum – Pennsylvania Room with Post Office Mural panels from the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Printing is sponsored in part by Jaru Associates, Inc.

As a part of this exhibit, two history talks are being held at the Centre Furnace Mansion:

•    March 24, 2:00 p.m. – “New Deal Post Office Murals in Central Pennsylvania”.  
Speaker:  David Lembeck, researcher, “A Common Canvas”
•    June 30, 2:00 p.m. – “Flying the Mail in Centre County, 1918-1949”
Speaker: Kitty Wunderly, author, Bellefonte and the Early Airmail

The Centre County Historical Society is headquartered at the Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801.

For information, call (814) 234-4779, visit www.centrecountyhistory.org, or email, info@centrecountyhistory.org.