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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.

Abolition and the Liberty Bell: Dr. Emma Lapsansky

Emma Lapsansky presents the changing meaning and scope of historical symbols, celebrations, and collections over time.

“Remember the Women”: Holly Holst

Holly Holst considers how people in the Women's suffrage movement made symbolic use of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. By so doing, the leaders of the suffrage campaign were able to link their pursuit of the vote back to the ideals of the American Revolution.

Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement in the North: Dr. Tom Sugrue

Thomas Sugrue tells the story of the civil rights movement in the North and comments that, while it was similar to the movement in the South, the nature of the struggle for equality in the North was vastly different. This lecture was given on the second floor of Independence Hall, an important site of protests during the civil rights movement.

Creation of Independence Mall: Dr. Charlene Mires

Charlene Mires discusses the creation of the space known as Independence Mall and Independence National Historical Park. Through her lecture you can experience the dramatic evolution of a few city blocks in Philadelphia through the 20th century.