Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jean's Favorite States

Happy Sunday to Everyone, hoping your weekend has been glorious.

I am a Northeast girl transplanted to the Southwest - an almost perfectly diagonal move!    Some of you may know that my husband surprised me one day by asking if I would like to take a trip to Arizona and I said, what the heck!  Little did I know...

That trip started an adventure which provided us with many opportunties, friendships and tales to tell.   I will share more with you when I write my Arizona blog post this month.

Today I will focus on Pennsyvania, my home state, it always will be 'home'.   PA is so rich in the history that formed our great country.  

Pittsburgh Skyline

Did you know;

One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn.  Pennsylvania (Penn's woods) became the second state, after Delaware, to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 

In the American Civil War (1861-1865), Pennsylvania was the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, bringing an end to the Confederacy’s Northern invasion, as well as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Famous Pennsylvanians; Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Boone, painter Mary Cassatt, artist Andy Warhol, Perry Como, Sharon Stone, Martha Graham, Michael Keaton, Christina Aquilar, Gene Kelly, Henry Mancini, Jimmy Stewart, Jeff Goldblum, Andrew Carnegie, George Ferris (yep, the Ferris Wheel)    

Pittsburgh is a cultural hub as well as a famous blue collar steel mill city.  In the 1950's & 60's Pittsburgh was home to the largest concentration of corporate headquarters including PPG, US Steel, Mellon Bank, Heinz and Westinghouse.  

Andrew Carnegie and the Mellon family donated and created public libraries and museums.  The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History is where I gained my love of Art, Architecture and History.

Being visual, the many exhibits (some of which are still there) inspired me and took me on fanciful imaginings. Egypt, Rome, Greece, dinosaurs and fantastic artists is where I spent my childhood weekends.  Thanks Dad!   The amazing Pittsburgh Zoo was the other weekend excursion we often took, summer and winter (boy those animals did have an aroma in winter!).

Home, where your heart never leaves ....


  1. Beautiful picture of Pittsburgh♥ I like visiting Pittsburgh and my sons who live on the outskirts.

  2. Yep, Pennsylvania is on my list of places I want to visit.

  3. Love Pennsylvania, my mother is from there!

  4. Its great to learn more interesting facts about the States Jean and about you too! xx