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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce today’s launch of Politics in Graphic Detail: Exploring History through Political Cartoons, an exciting and innovative digital history exhibit featuring more than 125 richly annotated political cartoons. Spanning American history from the colonial period through the Progressive Era, these cartoons represent a diversity of topic, issues, and events befitting our raucous democratic process.


Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books.


As students and educators prepare to return for the 2015-16 school year, HSP is proud to announce a new online education portal.

Through the work of HSP’s education intern, Beth Potens, and HSP’s Teacher Advisors group, booking a school trip to HSP, downloading lesson and unit plans, getting research help and more are now easier than ever.


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is nearing the conclusion of Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT), a two-year project to enhance the description and discovery of its graphic materials and promote the linking and sharing of content among institutions and scholars.

The project’s overall objective is to make archival graphics more accessible for online users and to encourage other repositories to adopt the new tools and practices. As such, HINT involves several complementary parts.


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is proud to announce its new status as a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.