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Echoes of baseball history from long-gone Shibe Park
Tue, 2016-04-12 16:56

A series of images from the Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue documenting the city's baseball history through the story of Shibe Park, demo

Catholic Philadelphia
Fri, 2015-12-04 15:58

In many of Philadelphia's ethnic neighborhoods, the Catholic church has served not only as a place of worship, the institution also helped keep alive ancestral traditions and connections among new

Exploring the Card Catalog: Getting Started
Thu, 2015-12-03 17:01
217 Boxes: A Protest In Disguise
Thu, 2015-11-19 15:14

On November 18, HSP invited the public to discover a nearly-forgotten pioneer of the LGBT rights movement, Dr. John Fryer of Philadelphia – i.e. “Dr.

An Artist Embedded: Unpacking a Psychatrist: 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

Playwright Ain Gordon unveils the first excerpt of his upcoming play exploring Fryer's story with a dramatic performance and conversation discussing Gordon's process - creating historical fiction from intensive primary source research - and connecting Fryer's address with the current fight for LGBT rights.

Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist presents “Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep", in which she discusses how to sort through legal and other records and understand how to find and unmask those ne’er-do-wells in everyone’s family!

Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist presents “An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others” – The Private Laws of the Federal and State Government, which discusses how many early and federal state laws were private laws written specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. These records can be a great find for genealogists.

Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats

In a lecture recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Journalist Peter Binzen and his son, Jonathan, will discuss their new book, Richardson Dilworth: The Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats.  Binzen knew Dilworth well, covering him for many years as a reporter. A politician and liberal reformer, Richardson Dilworth served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1956-1962.  Among his many achievements, his vision for the city shaped much of what we recognize about Philadelphia today: Independence Mall, Society Hill, SEPTA, and the public park system.

Voicing the Absent: Crafting History

In this audio recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker Louis Massiah and Ain Gordon discuss the ways hsitorians try to describe past events as they really happened. They aim at faithful representation. Yet we cannot know what others feel and think, and so historians must always take license with their subjects.

The Truth Behind "Hold These Truths"

This is an audio recording of the event held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The program begins with a presentation by Dr. Franklin Odo, visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. It's followed by  a sneak peak of Hold These Truths, performed by local actor Makoto Hirano, a one-man show about the real life journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, the man who famously defied forcible removal and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court... twice!  It concludes with a discussion between Dr.