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Playwright Ain Gordon, HSP's Embedded Artist.

Diane Roka, a Philadelphia-based artist, writer, and "documentary-style drawtographer," attended HSP's program, Unpacking a Psychiatrist: The 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, on November 18. A part of the multi-year An Artist Embedded project, the program explored the life and legacy of Dr. John Ercel Fryer, a Temple University professor of psychiatry and nearly-forgotten pioneer of LGBT rights.

Date posted: 11/25/15
217 Boxes: A Protest In Disguise
Dr. John Fryer, disguised as Dr. Anonymous, addressing the 1972 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting. Activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings joined Fryer.

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. Anonymous” – in a program combing performance and discussion.

Playwright Ain Gordon unveiled 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.

Date posted: 11/19/15
June Cultures of Independence Teacher Workshop
June group poses by Independence Hall

We have just completed a successful first week of Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom.  This workshop for teachers from around the county raises awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop,  the teachers are be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of

Date posted: 7/2/15
Founder's Award 2015
Founder's Award 2015

On Thursday, May 7, 2015 HSP honored novelist Sue Monk Kidd with the Founder's Award and HSP board member Alice Lea Tasman with the Heritage Award. The gala was held at the Union League of Philadelphia in Center City. The evening's theme was "Women of Excellence", as the 2015 honorees truly exemplify strength, community, and love for the history and heritage of Pennsylvania and our nation.

Date posted: 6/5/15
The Scrapbook of Edith Madeira & PHL's Connection to the Red Cross' Commission to Palestine.
Edith Madeira's Red Cross nursing certificate. Madeira attends the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School in Baltimore, MD.

Celebrations of the hard work and sacrifice of emergency medical services personnel have marked this year's National EMS Week. For a historical perspective, consider another "first responder" of sorts, Edith Madeira - one of the first Red Cross nurses to treat the sick and starving of what was then known as Palestine during the World War I. 

For the full story, please visit our Fondly, PA blog

Date posted: 5/29/15
Meet the Speakers - Before Stonewall: The Gay Pride Movement
Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor, and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Ain is HSP's inaugural "Embedded Artist".

July 4, 1965, Philadelphia, PA - 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first gay rights demonstrations in the country.

Date posted: 5/26/15