Browse Exhibits (7 total)



Growing and gathering food in Pennsylvania



Packaging and preserving food in Pennsylvania



Preparing and presenting food in Pennsylvania



Sharing and consuming food in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Farm Show


Farming was Pennsylvania's number-one industry in colonial days, long before anyone ever heard of coal mining, steelmaking, or heavy manufacturing. Three centuries later, agriculture is a $3.4 billion business - and still, by far, the state's biggest industry. It creates $38 billion each year in related economic activity, such as the restaurant, food processing, and grocery industries. Although some farms today are run like large corporations, agriculture is historically centered on the home and family. So it's both natural and fitting that farm life, culture, talent, production, and technology are showcased each winter in the week-long exposition known as the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Summarized in one breath, the event is the world's largest indoor gathering (14 acres) devoted entirely to celebrating and promoting agriculture.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit the official website at

Native American Foodways in Pennsylvania

Archaeologists have studied what Native Americans ate by examining the remains of plants and animals recovered from archaeological sites, analyzing charred food remains on the inside of pottery or on stone tools, and using ethnographic analogy. This exhibit explores 16,000 years of changing Native American foodways in Pennsylvania.

For more information about Pennsylvania archaeology, visit the State Museum Section of Archaeology's website

Pennsylvania Historical Markers


State historical markers highlight people, places, events and innovations associated with Pennsylvania history. Each year new markers are added to Pennsylvania's collection of more than 2,300 throughout the state. This exhibit features PHMC markers that relate to the commonwealth's rich agricultural history and provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians to appreciate and celebrate their heritage.

We hope you and your family will learn about Pennsylvania history through our historical markers. For more information please visit the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program website.