Making Your Marker

Before the historical marker for American Bandstand was cast in aluminum there was a rigorous review process.

You can go to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website to learn how to submit nominations which are due, every year, by December 15.

The competition is sure to be stiff - more than one hundred markers are proposed every year - but the 1,900 markers around the Commonwealth have been growing at a steady rate, thanks to nominations from people like you. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Marking Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAHistory.comAmerican Bandstand
American Bandstand began as a local Philadelphia show in 1952, and went national five years later. While the show helped launch the careers of African-American performers like James Brown and Chubby Checker, its producers struggled over whether to integrate the show's live studio audience. WHYY's Viet Le reports. [Listen]

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