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Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus Performs at HSP
6/24/14
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The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus perfromed a selection of Cole Porter tunes at HSP, as part of our June 13, 2014, Stage Door Canteen Party. For video recordings of their set, please visit our YouTube channel. 

HSP, Smithsonian "Raise It Up" for Bicentennial of National Anthem
6/17/14
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The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to be a National Audience Partner with the Smithsonian for their Raise It Up! Anthem for America campaign. To give Philadelphia a leading voice in the “Song Heard Round the World”, the U.S. Army Voices band led a group-sing of the national anthem at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014, on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. This event took place amidst Philadelphia’s Stripes & Stars festival, a daylong celebration of our nation’s flag and the U.S. Army.

Germany to Pennsylvania
4/8/14
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At a workshop conducted on March 26, 2014, at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, genealogist James Beidler addressed the many stereotypes about the immigrants who came from German-speaking lands to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. This lecture uses the personal memoirs of the immigrants themselves to dispel myths about why they came, what the voyage was like, and how they liked America.

German for Genealogists
4/8/14
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At a workshop conducted on March 26, 2014, at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, genealogist James Beidler explained the basic vocabulary and formats to enable the participants to read tombstones, church records, and simple documents of German-speaking people.

Stories from the Archives: Images of Historic Germantown
3/28/14
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Germantown was founded in 1681 by Frances Daniel Pastorius, and was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia in 1854. Digital Project Manager and Researcher, Dana Dorman, discusses images of historic Germantown, from the Thomas H. Shoemaker Germantown and Philadelphia portrait and views collection. These images are unique in the sense that they give us a glimpse of what the enitre neighborhood looked like over 100 years ago.

Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives
3/26/14
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As part of HSP's Ancestry Day on March 14, 2014, Aaron McWilliams discussed the types of records available to genealogists at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Mr. McWilliams is a reference archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives. He has appeared on WITF’s Radio Smart Talk and NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” McWilliams worked previously at the Maryland State Archives and as a professional genealogist.